Dr. Katie Isselmann DiSantis

Assistant Professor of Community Health

Katie Isselmann DiSantis, MPH, PhD, Assistant Professor, received a Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education from Temple University and a doctorate in Public Health from Temple University.

Her program of research is broadly aimed at understanding socio-environmental influences on family feeding behaviors and beliefs which relate to childhood obesity risk. Her graduate work explored breastfeeding as a behavior, assessing the behaviors unique to breastfeeding mothers and the potential learned nature of these behaviors. Her post-doctoral work with Dr. Jennifer Orlet Fisher evaluated the effects of environmental cues, including portion size, on child energy intake and eating behaviors, as well as evaluating the effects of breastfeeding duration and bottle use on maternal feeding behaviors and child appetite regulation. She is currently pursuing independent research in the area of family feeding behaviors and food environments, focused on obesity prevention. Dr. DiSantis currently consults on active research projectsand government contracts focusing on health disparities related to obesity prevention and treatment and to healthcare system integrity. Dr. DiSantishas a number of peer-reviewed publications and has presented at national and international meetings including the American Public Health Association and International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity.

Prior to joining the faculty at Arcadia, Dr. DiSantis served as the Senior Researcher of the African American Collaborative Obesity Research Network at the University of Pennsylvania, expanding her work on the environmental influences of childhood obesity beyond the caregiver-child dyad and begin to assess how the dyad and the whole family interacts with the surrounding food environment, including food access, food price, and marketing.

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  • DiSantis, KI,Birch, L, Bruton, Y,  Serrano, E, Zhuang, J, & Fisher,JO.  (in press).  Child-sized plates and bowls attenuate self-served portions and subsequent meal energy intake in young children.Pediatrics.
  • Disantis KI, Grier SA, Odoms-Young A, Baskin ML, Carter-Edwards, L, Young, DR, Lassiter V, and Kumanyika SK. (2013).What “price” means when buying food.  Insights from a multisite qualitative study with Black Americans.  Am J Public Health.
  • Barr-Anderson, D, Adams, A, Madeiros, N, DiSantis, KI,&Kumanyika, S.  (2012).  Family-focused obesity interventions in African American girls: a systematic review. Obesity Reviews. PMID: 23057473
  • DiSantis, KI,  Collins, BN, Fisher, JO, & Davey, A.   (2011).  Do infants fed directly from breast have improved appetite regulation and slower growth through early childhood compared with infants fed from a bottle?  International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition & Physical Activity, 17(8): 89.PMID: 21849028
  • DiSantis, KI, Hodges, EA, Fisher, JO, & Johnson, SL. (2011).The role of responsive feeding in overweight prevention during infancy and toddlerhood: a systematic review. International Journal of Obesity, 35:480-492.PMID: 21427696
  • Collins, BN,  DiSantis, KI,& Nair, U.  (2011). Breastfeeding initiation among underserved smokers: longer previous smoking abstinence and greater education level predicts success.  Breastfeeding Medicine, 6(6):385-91.PMID: 21254795
  • DiSantis, K.I., Collins, B.N., & McCoy, A.M.(2010). Associations among breastfeeding, smoking relapse, and prenatal factors in a brief postpartum smoking intervention.ActaObstetetriciaetGynecologicaScandinavica, 89(4):582-586. PMID:20235894

Peer-Reviewed Presentations (Selected)

  • DiSantis, KI, Hillier, A, Kumanyika, S.  (2012).Geoethnographic assessment of food store proximity and food purchasing in African American families in an urban area.Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Austin, TX, May 2012.
  • DiSantis, KI, Birch, L, Bruton, Y, Hanna, EL, Serrano, E, & Fisher,JO. (2011).  Do large plates cause children to serve larger portions and to eat more?.  Annual Meeting & Scientific Sessions of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC, April 2011.
  • Bruton, Y, DiSantis, KI, Hanna, EL, Serrano, E, Birch, L, & Fisher,JO.  (2010).  In the eye of the beholder--the effect of plate and bowl size on children's self-served portion sizes.  Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Denver, CO, November 2010.
  • DiSantis, KI, Hodges, EA, & Fisher, JO.  (2010).  Association of breastfeeding duration with maternal feeding responsiveness in infancy and toddlerhood.  Annual Meeting of the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, Minneapolis, MN, June 2010.
  • Fisher, JO, Hodges, EA, DiSantis, KI, & Johnson, SL.  (2010).  Characterization and correlates of maternal responsiveness to infant hunger and satiety cues: an observational study. International Conference for Infant Studies, Baltimore, MD, March 2010. 

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