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Katherine A Sauder, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition

Building 402, Room 206
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Mailing Address:
12474 E 19th Ave - F426
Aurora, CO  80045

Phone:  303-724-8715


  • 2006, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Millersville University of Pennsylvania
  • 2011, Masters of Science in Biobehavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2014, Doctorate of Philosophy in Biobehavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University
  • 2016, Postdoctoral fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition, University of Colorado



I am a biobehavioral health researcher who studies how nutrition and other modifiable factors contribute to obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases in women and children. I use observational and intervention methods to identify and test health behavior prevention strategies that have potential for widespread dissemination and implementation. On-going projects span the transgenerational cycle, including pregnancy, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and the child-bearing years.


Ongoing projects include:

  • Examining how prenatal/postnatal behaviors and lifestyle factors (nutrition, physical activity, mental health) predict maternal and child health outcomes in The Healthy Start Study (PI Dabelea)
  • Evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of a lifestyle intervention to reduce diabetes risk factors among American Indian children (Co-PIs Dabelea, Sauder)
  • Improving reach and effectiveness of the National Diabetes Prevention Program among women of child-bearing age (PIs Sauder, Ritchie)
  • Understanding how dietary behaviors are related to glycemic control and disease progression among individuals with youth-onset diabetes (SEARCH for Diabetes in youth Study




R01 DK117461                                                 PI: Liese, Mendoza             04/01/2018 – 03/31/2023
Impact of disparities in food security on glycemic control and health care utilization among youth and young adults with diabetes
Role: Co-Investigator

R01 DK115434                                                PI: Dabelea, Sauder            09/15/2017 – 08/30/2022
Reducing Risk Factors for Type 2 Diabetes in American Indian Youth: Tribal Turning Point
Role: Principal Investigator (M-PI)
UH3OD023248                                                PI: Dabelea                         09/01/2018 – 08/31/2023           
NIH (Office of Director)  
The Early Life Exposome and Childhood Health – The Healthy Start 3 Cohort Study
Role: Co-Investigator, Co-Project Director
UC4DK108173                                                 PI: D’Agostino Jr                 09/25/2015 – 06/30/2020
SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Cohort Study
A longitudinal follow up study to understand the metabolic, behavioral and socio-economic determinants of sub-clinical chronic diabetes complications.
Role: Early Stage Investigator
OIF Pilot (UC2 OD023375)                            PI: Bekelman                        04/01/2018 – 03/31/2020
The Remote Food Photography Method: Pilot Testing a Novel Technology-based Measure of Dietary Intake in School-age Children
This study will assess the feasibility of measuring dietary intake in school-age children with the remote food photography method, with a focus on performance relative to the ASA-24 and identifying opportunities to improve accuracy. It is a pilot study funded by the Duke University Coordinating Center of the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) consortium.
Role: Co-Investigator