Past Faculty - Kathryn Kaiser, Ph.D.

Kathryn Kaiser, Ph.D. Department of Biostatistics
Ryals Public Health Bldg
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, AL 35294
Current Location 

I earned B.S. degrees in Microbiology from Texas A & M University and Medical Technology from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Dallas for my previous career in laboratory medicine and data management. I received my Ph.D. in Health Psychology from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth. My dissertation involved the structural equation modeling of an eating questionnaire to compare behavioral aspects of obesity risk between non-clinical samples of African American and Caucasian women.

I joined the Section on Statistical Genetics in June of 2009 and am currently working on a meta-analysis of design issues related to retention and outcomes in randomized-controlled trials for various obesity interventions. I am interested in gender and racial differences in behavioral and neuroendocrine risk factors for weight gain, as well as resistance to weight loss. In particular, I am focused on stress-related influences on disinhibitory eating and body composition.


  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2008
  • 2007


  1. Franks, Susan F. & Kaiser, Kathryn A. (2012). Rethinking the Preoperative Psychological Evaluation – A New Paradigm for Improved Outcomes and Predictive Power, Advanced Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery, Chih-Kun Huang (Ed.), ISBN: 978-953-307-926-4, InTech, Available from:
  1. Kaiser KA, Cofield SC, Fontaine K, Glasser SP, Thabane L, Chu R, Ambrale S, Dwary AD, Kumar A, Nayyar G, Affuso O, Beasley TM & Allison DB (in press). Is funding source related to study design quality in obesity or nutrition supplement randomized control trials (RCTs)?.International Journal of Obesity, NIHMSID 325016.
  2. Nejtek VA, Kaiser KA, Vo H, Lea J, Hilburn C & Vishwanatha J (2011). Are there racial/ethnic differences in indigent inner-city clients With dual diagnoses? Journal of Dual Diagnosis. [doi:10.1080/15504263.2010.537522]
  3. Kaiser KA, Affuso O & Allison DB (accepted Jan 2011). Getting carried away: A note showing baseline observation carried forward (BOCF) results can be calculated from published complete-cases results. International Journal of Obesity. [PMID: 21407169] [NIHMSID 275922] [doi:10.1038/ijo.2011.25]
  4. Kaiser KA, Franks SF & Smith AB (2011). The positive relationship between support group attendance and one year post-operative weight loss in gastric banding patients. Surgery for Obesity and Related Disorders 7(1):89-93. [doi:10.1016/j.soard.2010.07.013]
  1. Mattes RD, Shikany JM, Kaiser KA, Allison DB (in press – epub May 2010). Nutritively sweetened beverage consumption and body weight: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized experiments. Obesity Reviews. [PMID: 20524996]
  1. Franks SF & Kaiser KA (2008). Predictive Factors in Bariatric Surgery Outcomes: What is the Role of the Preoperative Psychological Evaluation? Primary Psychiatry, 15(8):74-83.
  2. Nejtek VA, Avila M, Chen LA, Zielinski T, Djokovic M, Podawiltz A, Kaiser K, Bae S, Rush AJ (2008). Do atypical antipsychotics effectively treat co-occurring bipolar disorder and stimulant dependence? A randomized, double-blind trial. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 69(8):1257-1266. [PMID: 18681757]
  1. Carroll JF, Kaiser KA, Franks SF, Deere C, Caffrey JL (2007). Influence of BMI and gender on postprandial hormone responses. Obesity, 15(12):2974-2983. [PMID: 18198306]


Acknowledgement and Disclaimer
Projects are supported by Grant Number DK056336 from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases or the National Institutes of Health.

Years: 2009 - 2011 (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Mentor(s): David Allison, Ph.D. and Olivia Thomas, Ph.D.
Current Position: Instructor, School Of Public Health Dean's Office, The University of Alabama at Birmingham