Kathryn M Ross

Kathryn M Ross, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Associate Professor

Department: Department of Clinical and Health Psychology
Business Phone: (352) 294-8433
Business Email: kmross@phhp.ufl.edu

About Kathryn M Ross

Dr. Kathryn Ross is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. Dr. Ross currently teaches within the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration in the MPH and PhD in Public Health programs, and advises masters and doctoral students both in the Department of Clinical Psychology and in Public Health.

Accomplishments

Outstanding Alumni Award
2020 · College of Public Health & Health Professions, University of Florida
Dean’s Citation Paper Award
2019 · College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
Excellence Award for Assistant Professors
2019 · University of Florida
2015 Early Career Young Professionals Travel Grant
2015 · The Obesity Society
Fellow, NIH OBSSR / NHLBI Summer Institute on the Design and Conduct of Randomized Clinical Trials Involving Behavioral Interventions
2015 · National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Nathan W. Perry Memorial Scientist-Practitioner Award for outstanding integration of scientific method and scholarship with clinical work
2011 · Department of Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida
Outstanding Research Award
2011 · College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
2016-2022
CLP6971 Research for Master’s Thesis
2020-2022
PHC6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience
2018-2022
CLP7979 Advanced Research
2019-2022
CLP7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2018-2020
PHC7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2020
PHC6700 Social and Behavioral Research Methods
2018-2020
PHC6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
2018-2020
PHC6946 Public Health Internship
2019-2021
PHC7587 Theory Development and Testing in Behavioral & Community Public Health
2017-2019
PHC6405 Theoretical Foundations of Public Health
2019,2022
HSC4913 Supervised Resrch Exp
2019,2021-2022
HSC4970 Public Health and Health Professions Senior Honors Thesis
2016-2018
PHC6410 Psychological, Behavioral, and Social Issues in Public Health
2017-2018
PHC7979 Advanced Research
2016
PHC6917 Supervised Research Project
2010
CLP4314 Introduction to Health Psychology

Research Profile

Dr. Ross’ research focuses on the prevention and treatment of adult obesity, with particular emphasis on improving the long-term maintenance of weight loss and developing effective behavioral weight management interventions that can be disseminated on a public-health level. Increasingly, she has begun to investigate the integration of newer technology into weight management interventions as a way of lowering cost of treatment delivery and increasing intervention reach.

Areas of Interest
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Obesity prevention and treatment
  • mHealth
Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-3628-766X

Publications

2022
Assessment of Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Behaviors Among US Adults Receiving Bariatric Surgery.
JAMA network open. 5(6) [DOI] 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.17380. [PMID] 35708688.
2022
Awareness, Acceptability, and Perceived Effectiveness of Text-Based Therapy Among Graduate Students: Cross-sectional Study
JMIR mHealth and uHealth. 10(7) [DOI] 10.2196/34102. [PMID] 35797098.
2022
Behaviors and psychological states associated with transitions from regaining to losing weight.
Health Psychology. [DOI] 10.1037/hea0001224.
2022
Consistency With and Disengagement From Self-monitoring of Weight, Dietary Intake, and Physical Activity in a Technology-Based Weight Loss Program: Exploratory Study
JMIR Formative Research. 6(2) [DOI] 10.2196/33603. [PMID] 35179513.
2022
Differential impact of telehealth extended-care programs for weight-loss maintenance in African American versus white adults.
Journal of behavioral medicine. 45(4):580-588 [DOI] 10.1007/s10865-022-00291-9. [PMID] 35124742.
2022
Impact of transition from face‐to‐face to telehealth on behavioral obesity treatment during the COVID‐19 pandemic
Obesity. 30(4):858-863 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.23383. [PMID] 35037410.
2022
Parents of minor children lose less weight during a behavioral weight loss intervention: Findings from the Rural LEAP trial
Obesity Science & Practice. [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.604.
2022
Patient-Centered Care for Obesity: How Health Care Providers Can Treat Obesity While Actively Addressing Weight Stigma and Eating Disorder Risk.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 122(6):1089-1098 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jand.2022.01.004. [PMID] 35033698.
2022
Using self-monitoring technology for nutritional counseling and weight management.
Digital health. 8 [DOI] 10.1177/20552076221102774. [PMID] 35663238.
2021
Acceptability of Research and Health Care Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cross-sectional Survey Study
JMIR Formative Research. 5(6) [DOI] 10.2196/27185. [PMID] 34033577.
2021
Associations between the built environment and dietary intake, physical activity, and obesity: A scoping review of reviews
Obesity Reviews. 22(4) [DOI] 10.1111/obr.13171. [PMID] 33369097.
2021
Novel behavioral interventions to improve long-term weight loss: A randomized trial of acceptance and commitment therapy or self-regulation for weight loss maintenance.
Journal of behavioral medicine. 44(4):527-540 [DOI] 10.1007/s10865-021-00215-z. [PMID] 33772702.
2021
Rural/urban weight‐loss outcomes following bariatric surgery
Obesity Science & Practice. 7(6):797-802 [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.515. [PMID] 34877015.
2020
Acceptance-based therapy: the potential to augment behavioral interventions in the treatment of type 2 diabetes
Nutrition & Diabetes. 10(1) [DOI] 10.1038/s41387-020-0106-9. [PMID] 32066659.
2020
Associations between effort, importance, and self‐monitoring during and after a 12‐week behavioural weight management program
Obesity Science & Practice. 6(5):447-453 [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.431. [PMID] 33082986.
2020
Bidirectional association between stress and physical activity in adults with overweight and obesity.
Journal of behavioral medicine. 43(2):246-253 [DOI] 10.1007/s10865-020-00145-2. [PMID] 32130566.
2020
COVID‐19 Impacts Mental Health Outcomes and Ability/Desire to Participate in Research Among Current Research Participants
Obesity. 28(12):2272-2281 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.23016. [PMID] 32845582.
2020
Effect of Telehealth Extended Care for Maintenance of Weight Loss in Rural US Communities: A Randomized Clinical Trial.
JAMA network open. 3(6) [DOI] 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2020.6764. [PMID] 32539150.
2020
Effects of Intervention Characteristics on Willingness to Initiate a Weight Gain Prevention Program.
American journal of health promotion : AJHP. 34(8):837-847 [DOI] 10.1177/0890117120905709. [PMID] 32077301.
2020
Food reward sensitivity, impulsivity, and weight change during and after a 3-month weight loss program
PLOS ONE. 15(12) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0243530. [PMID] 33306690.
2020
Frequency and Consistency of Self‐Weighing to Promote Weight‐Loss Maintenance
Obesity. 28(7):1215-1218 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.22828. [PMID] 32437055.
2020
Measuring Weight with Electronic Scales in Clinical and Research Settings During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic
Obesity. 28(7):1182-1183 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.22851. [PMID] 32339394.
2020
Rural/urban disparities in access to the National Diabetes Prevention Program.
Translational behavioral medicine. 10(6):1554-1558 [DOI] 10.1093/tbm/ibz098. [PMID] 31228199.
2020
The Assessment of Supportive Accountability in Adults Seeking Obesity Treatment: Psychometric Validation Study
Journal of Medical Internet Research. 22(7) [DOI] 10.2196/17967. [PMID] 32720911.
2019
A social-ecological review of the rural-urban obesity disparity
. 6(4):378-394
2019
Accuracy of Self-Report Versus Objective Smart-Scale Weights During a 12-Week Weight Management Intervention
Obesity. 27(3):385-390 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.22400. [PMID] 30703282.
2019
Design of Rural LEAP: A randomized controlled trial assessing impact of group- versus individual-based phone counseling on long-term weight loss maintenance
Contemporary Clinical Trials. 76:55-63
2019
Design of the Rural LEAP randomized trial: An evaluation of extended-care programs for weight management delivered via group or individual telephone counseling.
Contemporary clinical trials. 76:55-63 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cct.2018.11.006. [PMID] 30408606.
2019
Effect of dose of behavioral weight loss treatment on glycemic control in adults with prediabetes
BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care. 7(1) [DOI] 10.1136/bmjdrc-2019-000653. [PMID] 31245006.
2019
Factors associated with early non‐response within an Internet‐based behavioural weight loss program
Obesity Science & Practice. 5(4):324-332 [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.341. [PMID] 31452917.
2019
Week-to-week predictors of weight loss and regain.
Health Psychology. 38(12):1150-1158 [DOI] 10.1037/hea0000798. [PMID] 31566400.
2018
Characterizing the Pattern of Weight Loss and Regain in Adults Enrolled in a 12-Week Internet-Based Weight Management Program
Obesity. 26(2):318-323 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.22083. [PMID] 29239141.
2018
Validation of the Stanford Leisure-Time Activity Categorical Item (L-Cat) using armband activity monitor data
Obesity Science & Practice. 4(3):276-282 [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.155. [PMID] 29951218.
2018
“Memory bias” for recall of experiences during initial weight loss is affected by subsequent weight loss outcome
Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 41(1):130-137 [DOI] 10.1007/s10865-017-9896-1. [PMID] 29080115.
2017
Technology-based interventions for weight management: current randomized controlled trial evidence and future directions.
Journal of behavioral medicine. 40(1):99-111 [DOI] 10.1007/s10865-016-9805-z. [PMID] 27783259.
2016
A randomized trial of an Acceptance Based Behavioral Intervention for weight loss in people with high internal disinhibition
Obesity. 24(12):2509-2514 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.21680. [PMID] 27804255.
2016
Concordance of in-home “smart” scale measurement with body weight measured in-person
Obesity science & practice. 2(2):224-228 [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.41. [PMID] 27499884.
2016
Impact of newer self-monitoring technology and brief phone-based intervention on weight loss: A randomized controlled pilot study
Obesity. 24(8):1653-1659 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.21536. [PMID] 27367614.
2016
Implementation of an Internet weight loss program in a worksite setting
Journal of Obesity. 2016:1-7 [DOI] 10.1155/2016/9372515. [PMID] 26942006.
2016
Overeat today, skip the scale tomorrow: An examination of caloric intake predicting nonadherence to daily self-weighing.
Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.). 24(11):2341-2343 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.21650. [PMID] 27619935.
2016
Successful weight loss maintenance associated with morning chronotype and better sleep quality
Journal of Behavioral Medicine. 39(3):465-471 [DOI] 10.1007/s10865-015-9704-8. [PMID] 26660638.
2015
Weight loss intervention for individuals with high internal disinhibition: Design of the Acceptance Based Behavioral Intervention (ABBI) randomized controlled trial
BMC Psychology. 3(1):1-10 [DOI] 10.1186/s40359-015-0075-2. [PMID] 26019869.
2014
A randomized trial investigating the effect of a brief lifestyle intervention on freshman‐year weight gain
Journal of American college health : J of ACH. 62(2):101-109 [DOI] 10.1080/07448481.2013.849259. [PMID] 24456512.
2014
Dietary Self-Monitoring and Long-Term Success with Weight Management
. 22(9):1962-1967
2014
Failure to replicate depletion of self-control
PLoS One. 9(10) [DOI] 10.1371/journal.pone.0109950. [PMID] 25333564.
2014
Long-Term Adherence to Health Behavior Change
. 22(1):3-4
2013
Effects of Prescribing 1,000 Versus 1,500 Kilocalories Per Day in the Behavioral Treatment of Obesity: A Randomized Trial
. 21(12):2481-2487
2012
Improving Lifestyle Interventions for Obesity: the Effects of Prescribing Moderate Versus Mild Caloric Restriction Goals On Long-Term Weight Loss Maintenance
Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 43
2012
Self-Monitoring for Successful Maintenance of Lost Weight in Lifestyle Treatment of Obesity
Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 43
2012
Self-Monitoring for Successful Maintenance of Lost Weight in Lifestyle Treatment of Obesity
Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 43
2012
The impact of extended care on long-term weight loss maintenance: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Obesity Reviews. 13(6):509-517 [DOI] 10.1111/j.1467-789X.2011.00972.x. [PMID] 22212682.
2011
Differential response of African American and Caucasian women to extended-care programs for obesity management.
Ethnicity & disease. 21(2):170-5 [PMID] 21749020.
2011
Problem-Solving Deficits, Negative Affect, and the Maintenance of Binge Eating Behavior
Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 41
2011
Successful Long-Term Weight Loss Maintenance in a Rural Population
Clinical Interventions in Aging. 6:303-309 [DOI] 10.2147/CIA.S25389. [PMID] 22162646.
2011
The Association Between Obesity and Primary Care Utilization
Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 41
2011
Weekday and Weekend Patterns of Physical Activity in Older Adults
Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 41
2010
How Accurate Are Self-Report Measures of Physical Activity in Rural Obese Adults?
Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 39
2010
Improvements in Ldl Cholesterol Associated With Lifestyle Intervention Treatment for Obesity
Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 39
2010
Primary Motives for Weight Loss in Older, Obese Women From Rural Communities
Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 39
2010
Self-Monitoring and the Maintenance of Lost Weight in Lifestyle Treatment of Obesity
Annals of Behavioral Medicine. 39
2010
The association between rate of initial weight loss and long-term success in obesity treatment: does slow and steady win the race?
International journal of behavioral medicine. 17(3):161-7 [DOI] 10.1007/s12529-010-9092-y. [PMID] 20443094.
2009
Ambiguity and judgments of obese individuals: no news could be bad news.
Eating behaviors. 10(3):152-6 [DOI] 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2009.03.008. [PMID] 19665097.
2009
Problem solving, treatment adherence, and weight-loss outcome among women participating in lifestyle treatment for obesity.
Eating behaviors. 10(3):146-51 [DOI] 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2009.03.005. [PMID] 19665096.
2009
The contributions of weight loss and increased physical fitness to improvements in health-related quality of life.
Eating behaviors. 10(2):84-8 [DOI] 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2008.12.002. [PMID] 19447349.
Acceptability of Research and Health Care Visits During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Cross-sectional Survey Study (Preprint)
. [DOI] 10.2196/preprints.27185.
Awareness, Acceptability, and Perceived Effectiveness of Text-Based Therapy Among Graduate Students: Cross-sectional Study (Preprint)
. [DOI] 10.2196/preprints.34102.
Consistency With and Disengagement From Self-monitoring of Weight, Dietary Intake, and Physical Activity in a Technology-Based Weight Loss Program: Exploratory Study (Preprint)
. [DOI] 10.2196/preprints.33603.
The Assessment of Supportive Accountability in Adults Seeking Obesity Treatment: Psychometric Validation Study (Preprint)
. [DOI] 10.2196/preprints.17967.

Grants

Aug 2022 ACTIVE
Understanding social undermining of weight management behaviors in young adult African American women
Role: Other
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIMHD
Aug 2020 ACTIVE
Preventing weight gain among those who decline behavioral weight loss treatment
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI
Jul 2019 ACTIVE
Evaluation of an Adaptive Intervention for Weight Loss Maintenance
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK
Sep 2016 – Aug 2019
Identification and Prediction of High-Risk Periods for Regain After Weight Loss
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK
Aug 2013 – Apr 2020
Rural Lifestyle Eating and Activity Program (Rural LEAP)
Role: Project Manager
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI

Education

Post-doctoral Fellowship
2015 · Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Clinical Internship
2013 · Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
2013 · University of Florida
M.P.H., Biostatistics
2012 · University of Florida
M.S., Clinical Psychology
2009 · University of Florida
B.S., Psychology
2006 · Virginia Commonwealth University

Contact Details

Phones:
Business:
(352) 294-8433
Emails:
Addresses:
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UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
PO BOX 100165
DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
GAINESVILLE FL 326100165
Business Street:
3139 HPNP
GAINESVILLE FL 32601