Katie DiSantis

Associate Professor, Public Health

215 Brubaker Hall 1 (215) 517-2680

About Me

I am a public health researcher and teacher, who is passionate about methodological issues which can improve the quality of research, education, and health behavior  & healthcare interventions. My past research has focused on behavioral aspects of the infant and child feeding, breastfeeding, maternal smoking, and portion sizes. I am currently pursuing independent research in the area of family feeding behaviors and food environments. I also consult on active research projects and government contracts focusing on health disparities related to obesity prevention and treatment and to healthcare system integrity. 

Prior to joining the faculty at Arcadia University, I served as the Senior Researcher of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network at the University of Pennsylvania, expanding my work on the environmental influences of childhood obesity beyond the caregiver-child dyad with research into food access issues, food prices, and marketing.

Areas Of Focus

obesity prevention, health disparities, healthcare quality improvement

Education History

Temple University

PhD, Major in Public Health

Temple University

MPH, Major in Community Health Education

Pennsylvania State University

BS, Major in Biobehavioral Health

Minor in Neuroscience


Author 2015

The Impact of a new Nonprofit, Health-Focused Supermarket within an Urban Food Desert on Household Food Shopping

Article, Medical Research Archives

Co-Authored with Ulrich V, Hillier A, & DiSantis KI

Author 2015

Reducing Underserved Children's Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Randomized Counseling Trial With Maternal Smokers

Article, American Journal of Preventative Medicine

Co-Authored with Collins BN, Nair US, Hovell MF, DiSantis KI, Jaffe K, Tolley NM, Wileyto EP, Audrain-McGovern J.

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