Kathleen Porter headshot

Kathleen Joyce Porter

Assistant Professor
Unit: School of Medicine
Department: PBHS Public Health Sciences Admin
Office location and address
1335 Lee St
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
ost-Doctoral Training, Virginia Tech, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise
Ph.D., Teachers College Columbia University, Behavioral Nutrition
M.S., Teachers College Columbia University, Nutrition Education
B.S., University of Connecticut, Dietetics

Kathleen Porter is a PhD-trained, registered dietitian whose research focuses on the implementation and effectiveness of evidenced-based health education programs as a means to reduce risk for preventive diseases, including cancer, obesity, and diabetes. She is a Co-I on a NIH/NCI R21-funded type 2 hybrid effectiveness-implementation trial assessing the implementation and effectiveness of SIPsmartER, an evidenced-based intervention to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage intake, when delivered by health department staff. Dr. Porter is also a leading team member on a project to develop and implement a middle-school version of SIPsmartER for rural middle schools. Previously, she was a key staff member on the effectiveness trial of SIPsmartER, where her research focus on the implementation and utility of health and media literacy techniques and on the participant experience in the intervention. Dr. Porter’s doctoral work explored the distribution and implementation of nutrition education programs in 614 New York City public elementary schools. She also conducted a number of small, feasibility studies of cooking-focused nutrition education programs in urban afterschool and summer programs during her doctoral training. In addition to her research experience, Dr. Porter has fifteen years of professional experience as a nutrition educator and evaluator.

University of Virginia Cancer Center Support Grant Yr31-35
Source: U.S. NIH Cancer Institute
February 01, 2022 – January 31, 2027
Fostering Healthy Beverage Choices to Reduce Obesity Risk: Tazewell County Public Schools HCAT
Source: Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth
July 01, 2020 – June 30, 2023
MD-CANC Cancer Center Support Grant
Source: U.S. NIH Cancer Institute
February 01, 2017 – January 31, 2022
PHS 7214: Applied Practice for Cancer Center Community Prevention
Credits: 1
The Applied Practice is a planned, supervised & evaluated work experience with an organization that contributes to the health of a community. Students apply skills learned in the program to a real-world setting & work toward achieving competencies. Placements are selected based on the interests & needs of the student. A min of 2 deliverables are required; placements may occur during an academic year, one semester or over summer.