Katherine A Sauder, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition

Katherine A. Sauder, PhDOffice:
LEAD Center (Suite 1002), Anschutz Health Sciences Building
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Mailing Address:
1890 North Revere Court (F426)
Aurora, CO 80045

Phone: 303-724-1145
Email: katherine.sauder@cuanschutz.edu


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:

  • Evaluating the effectiveness and sustainability of a lifestyle intervention to reduce diabetes risk factors among American Indian children (Tribal Turning Point, MPIs Dabelea, Sauder)
  • Developing and testing a home-based program to promote diet and activity behaviors in rural-dwelling children (PI Sauder)
  • Promoting maternal/child cardiovascular health with a prenatal + postpartum lifestyle intervention delivered via home visiting nurses (ENRICH; MPIs Sauder, Allison)
  • Promoting pre-conception weight loss to improve prenatal/neonatal outcomes among diverse women of child-bearing age (NDPP-NextGen; MPIs Sauder, Ritchie)
  • Examining how prenatal/postnatal behaviors and lifestyle factors (nutrition, physical activity, mental health) predict maternal and child health outcomes in The Healthy Start Study and the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) consortium (PI Dabelea)
  • Understanding how lifestyle, clinical characteristics, and social determinants of health are related to diabetes management and cardiovascular health among individuals with youth-onset diabetes (SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study)

Publications (>75 career publications):



7-22-ICTSN-06                                             PI: Sauder                                               07/01/2022 06/30/2025

American Diabetes Association

A home-based intervention to promote healthy diet and activity in rural-dwelling children

A pilot and feasibility study of a multi-component, home-based lifestyle intervention to promote healthy diet and activity in rural-dwelling children aged 7-10 years.

Role: PI


R01 DK130900                                            MPI: Sauder, Ritchie                               06/03/2022 – 05/31/2027


NDPP-NextGen: A clinical trial to reduce transgenerational obesity and diabetes risks

A randomized clinical trial of an enhanced National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP-NextGen) with 360 underserved, overweight/obese women of child-bearing age to assess effects on transgenerational obesity/diabetes risk factors.

Role: MPI


UH3 HL162967                                            PI: Sauder, Allison                                  05/05/2022 – 04/30/2024

Colorado Nurse Family Heart Trial for the ENRICH program

Planning phase for a randomized clinical trial of cardiovascular health promotion program (NFP-Heart) among 600 pregnant women and their offspring with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. One of seven clinical sites in the NIDDK-sponsored ENRICH consortium.

Role: MPI


R01 DK127208                                            PI: D’Agostino, Jr                                     08/01/2020 – 07/31/2022
Limited Competition for the Closeout of the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Cohort Study
Role: Co-Investigator


UH3 OD023248                                           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


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 (site PI)


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 (MPI)


  • 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