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Katherine A Sauder, PhD

Instructor 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



My research examines how nutrition and other modifiable factors contribute to the development of chronic disease (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease) in vulnerable populations. I use observational methods to identify key associations, and then use these findings to develop prevention strategies with potential for widespread dissemination and implementation.


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 feasibility of a clinic-based nutritional prenatal intervention for improving maternal-child health among urban, low-income women (PI Sauder)
  • Exploring dissemination and implementation strategies for a behavioral intervention to reduce diabetes risk in American Indian children (PI Sauder)





1UG3OD023248                                             PI: Dabelea                         09/21/2016 – 08/31/2018           
NIH (Office of Director)  
The Early Life Exposome and Childhood Health – The Healthy Start 3 Cohort Study
Role: Co-Investigator, Co-Project Director
16MCPRP 29710005                                      PI: Sauder                            07/01/2016 – 06/30/2018
American Heart Association
Exploring the role of early life vitamin D intake on childhood vascular health
Role: Principal Investigator
R01 DK076645-07S1                                      PI: Dabelea                          02/15/2016 – 01/31/2017
NIH (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease)
Exploring the Fuel-Mediated Programming of Neonatal Growth    
Role: Co-Investigator
Pilot and Feasibility Grant                           PI: Sauder                             08/01/2015 – 07/31/2017
UCD Centers for American Indian and Alaskan Native Health
Pediatric Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) in American Indian Youth        
Role: Principal Investigator
F31 AG043224                                                PI: Sauder                              08/01/2012 – 05/31/2014
NIH (National Institute of Aging)
Effect of diet on age-related arterial stiffness and endothelial dysfunction
Role: Principal Investigator