Kathryn M Ross

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

Associate Professor & Associate Chair For Research

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.

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Accomplishments

Leading the Narrative Award
2023 · Society of Behavioral Medicine
Faculty Enhancement Opportunity Award
2022 · University of Florida
Outstanding Alumni Award
2021 · 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
2016-2024
CLP6971 Research for Master’s Thesis
2020-2023
PHC6941 MPH Applied Practice Experience
2018-2024
CLP7979 Advanced Research
2019-2024
CLP7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2018-2020
PHC7980 Research for Doctoral Dissertation
2020,2023-2024
PHC6700 Social and Behavioral Research Methods
2018-2020
PHC6601 Seminar in Contemporary Public Health Issues
2018-2020
PHC6946 Public Health Internship
2019-2021,2023
PHC7587 Theory Development and Testing in Behavioral & Community Public Health
2017-2019
PHC6405 Theoretical Foundations of Public Health
2019,2022-2023
HSC4913 Supervised Research Experience
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
2023
PHC6945 Public Health Practicum

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 focused on the integration of newer technology into weight management interventions as a way of lowering cost of treatment delivery and increasing intervention reach.

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0002-3628-766X

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

Publications

2024
A low‐burden, self‐weighing intervention to prevent weight gain in adults with obesity who do not enroll in comprehensive treatment
Obesity Science & Practice. 10(2) [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.745. [PMID] 38510333.
2024
Characterising individual variability in associations between self‐monitoring and weight change during and after a behavioral weight management program
Obesity Science & Practice. 10(1) [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.699. [PMID] 38264006.
2024
Digital health interventions for all? Examining inclusivity across all stages of the digital health intervention research process.
Trials. 25(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s13063-024-07937-w. [PMID] 38291539.
2024
Exploring potential reach and representativeness of a self‐weighing weight gain prevention intervention in adults with overweight and obesity
Clinical Obesity. [DOI] 10.1111/cob.12641.
2024
Identification of minimum thresholds for dietary self‐monitoring to promote weight‐loss maintenance
Obesity. 32(4):655-659 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.23994. [PMID] 38529540.
2024
Predicting high‐risk periods for weight regain following initial weight loss
Obesity. 32(1):41-49 [DOI] 10.1002/oby.23923. [PMID] 37919882.
2023
Authors’ Response
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 123(3):400-403 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jand.2022.09.017.
2023
Hunger, temptation, and dietary adherence during weight management
Eating Behaviors. 50 [DOI] 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2023.101754. [PMID] 37263142.
2023
Importance of self‐weighing to avoid post‐cessation weight gain: A secondary analysis of the fit and quit randomized trial
Obesity Science & Practice. 9(4):416-423 [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.668. [PMID] 37546280.
2023
Letter to the Editor In Response: To truly reduce weight stigma and eating disorder risk, we need to stop promoting weight loss.
Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 123(3):400-403 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jand.2022.09.017.
2023
Reducing intervention- and research-induced inequalities to tackle the digital divide in health promotion.
International journal for equity in health. 22(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s12939-023-02055-6. [PMID] 38049789.
2022
Access to food and physical activity environment resources in rural communities: Impact of using driving time versus physical distance indicators
Journal of Transport & Health. 27 [DOI] 10.1016/j.jth.2022.101521. [PMID] 37982034.
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. 41(12):938-945 [DOI] 10.1037/hea0001224. [PMID] 36048078.
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. 8(6):728-734 [DOI] 10.1002/osp4.604. [PMID] 36483125.
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
A Survey of Notification Designs in Commercial mHealth Apps
Extended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [DOI] 10.1145/3411763.3451639.
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 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
Rural/urban disparities in access to the National Diabetes Prevention Program
Translational Behavioral Medicine. [DOI] 10.1093/tbm/ibz098. [PMID] 31228199.
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
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. 6:303-9 [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.

Grants

Mar 2024 ACTIVE
WISE II – Obesity and Type-2 Diabetes: Bariatric Surgery Effects on Brain Function
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK
Sep 2023 ACTIVE
Increasing initiation of evidence-based weight loss treatment
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIDDK
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 – Jan 2023
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:
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GAINESVILLE FL 32610