Kathryn M Ross

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

Assistant Professor

Department: HP-CLINICAL / HLTH PSYCHOLOGY
Business Phone: (352) 294-8433
Business Email: kmross@phhp.ufl.edu

About Kathryn M Ross

Dr. Kathryn Ross is an Assistant 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 received her M.P.H. (Biostatistics concentration) from the University of Florida in 2012 and her Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology track) in 2013. She completed the Obesity Research Track APA-approved clinical internship and an F32-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium and Weight Control & Diabetes Research Center at the The Miriam Hospital. After the end of her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Ross joined the faculty at the Weight Control & Diabetes Research Center and the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Brown Medical School. In the summer of 2016, Dr. Ross moved back to Gainesville to join the faculty in the Department of Clinical & Health Psychology.

Dr. Ross currently teaches within the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration in the MPH and PhD in Public Health programs. She advises masters and doctoral students both in the Department of Clinical Psychology and in Public Health.

Honors & Awards

2019 · University of Florida
2019 · College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
2015 · The Obesity Society
2011 · College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida
2011 · Department of Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida

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.

Dr. Ross currently has an R21 from NIDDK (R21 DK109205) aimed at identifying and characterizing high-risk periods for weight regain following initial weight loss. Using a rich longitudinal dataset that she collected while implementing and assessing an Internet-based weight loss program within an existing corporate wellness program, Dr. Ross and her collaborators will use novel statistical techniques to identify the points at which individuals change trajectory from weight loss/maintenance to regain, and then use a set of time-varying covariates (data collected daily and weekly) to develop predictive algorithms for these “high risk” periods. These results will be used to inform the development of a novel, just-in-time adaptive intervention for weight loss maintenance.

Areas of Interest
  • Behavioral intervention
  • Obesity prevention and treatment
  • mHealth

Publications

2014 Obesity (Silver Spring)

Grants

Jul 2019 ACTIVE
Evaluation of an Adaptive Intervention for Weight Loss Maintenance
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Principal Investigator
Sep 2016 – Aug 2019
Identification and Prediction of High-Risk Periods for Regain After Weight Loss
NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK · Principal Investigator
Aug 2013 – Apr 2020
Rural Lifestyle Eating and Activity Program (Rural LEAP)
NATL INST OF HLTH NHLBI · Project Manager

Education

Post-doctoral Fellowship
2015 · Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
2013 · University of Florida
Clinical Internship
2013 · Alpert Medical School of Brown University
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:
Mailing:
PO BOX 100165
DEPARTMENT OF CLINICAL AND HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
GAINESVILLE FL 326100165
Physical:
3139 HPNP
GAINESVILLE FL 32601