Post-Doctoral Fellow, Genetics of Complex Disorders, Columbia University School of Public Health, 2007-2008
Ph.D. in Health Practice Research, University of Rochester, 2007
M.S., Midwifery, Columbia University, 1985
B.S.N., Nursing, Syracuse University, 1980
Kathleen King started her career as a nurse, became a midwife, then taught in and directed the midwifery education program (a masters specialty) at University of Rochester. While there, she worked on her doctorate part time while continuing to teach.
Professor King's research has been in the area of genetic epidemiology. Specifically, she has looked at genetic variants implicated in Type 2 Diabetes to determine whether these genetic variants are also associated with Gestational (pregnancy) Diabetes. She is currently interested in examining the interaction of genetics and fetal programming on various parameters of health. Her other area of interest is the application of Evidence Based Practice in Exercise and Sports Science.
Outside of the academy, King enjoys running and skiing. She specializes in teaching 4 – 6 year olds their very first (or second) ski lesson – that critical transition of moving from the lowlands and getting on the chairlift! Of this she says, “That’s kind of a metaphor for who I am – I try to help others achieve their dreams and move to the next level!”.