Faculty Profile

Kate Bauer

Kate W. Bauer, PhD, MS

  • Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences

Trained as a behavioral epidemiologist, Dr. Bauer's research focuses on understanding social, personal, and behavioral influences on children's healthy eating and weight, and translating these findings into innovative nutrition promotion and obesity prevention programs. She is particularly interested in identifying factors that affect parents' ability to engage in effective nutrition-related parenting.

  • PhD in Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 2010
  • MS in Health and Social Behavior, Harvard School of Public Health, 2002
  • BA with High Honors in Psychology, Oberlin College, 1998

Research Interests:
Social and behavioral determinants of children's nutrition and weight, family-based obesity prevention

Research Projects:
Bauer is the lead of Feeding MI Families, which seeks to elevate families' food security experiences, perspectives, and needs by developing parent-driven recommendations to build more equitable and responsive nutrition assistance systems in Michigan.

With support from the NIH, Bauer leads several studies to understand the role of parents' emotional and behavioral self-regulation on parenting practices and children's health outcomes.

In collaboration with Dr. Natasha Schvey at the Uniformed Services University, Bauer has developed and is testing a measure of weight stigma directed at parents.

Email: kwbauer@umich.edu 
Office: 734-763-2546

For media inquiries: sph.media@umich.edu 

Areas of Expertise: Child Health,  Health Equity,  Nutrition