Katherine A Sauder, PhD

Associate Professor 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
Email: katherine.sauder@cuanschutz.edu


  • 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


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:

  • 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 the effectiveness and sustainability of a lifestyle intervention to reduce diabetes risk factors among American Indian children (Co-PIs Dabelea, Sauder)
  • Improving reach and effectiveness of the National Diabetes Prevention Program among women of child-bearing age (PIs Sauder, Ritchie)
  • Understanding how dietary behaviors are related to glycemic control and disease progression among individuals with youth-onset diabetes (SEARCH for Diabetes in youth Study https://www.searchfordiabetes.org/dspHome.cfm)




UH3 OD023248-05S1                                  PI: Dabelea                                 09/01/2020 – 08/31/2021
Examining the impact of societal changes during the COVID-19 pandemic on obesity-related behaviors
Role: Co-Investigator

R01 DK127208                                            PI: D’Agostino, Jr                        08/01/2020 – 07/31/2021
Limited Competition for the Closeout of the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Cohort Study
Role: Co-Investigator

R01 DK117461                                            PI: Liese, Mendoza                     4/01/2018 – 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)

UH3OD023248                                             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, Co-Project Director