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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)
  • Evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of a lifestyle intervention to reduce diabetes risk factors among American Indian children (Co-PIs Dabelea, Sauder)





R01 DK117461                                                 PI: Liese, Mendoz             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)
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