Meet the Staff


Kim Doughty, MPH, PhD

Research Associate

Phone: (203) 732-1265

Research Interests / Roles

Dr. Doughty's research interests are in obesity prevention during all stages of childhood, particularly during the critical developmental periods from conception through age 5. In her role as VITAHLS Coordinator, she works with participating school districts and community partners to implement and evaluate nutrition and physical activity initiatives, with the goal of reducing childhood obesity and chronic disease in the local Naugatuck Valley communities.


  • Ph.D., Nutrition, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2015
  • M.P.H., Southern Connecticut State University, 2010
  • B.S., Nutrition & Dietetics, University of New Haven, 2007

Selected Publications

  • Njike VY, Kavak Y, Treu JA, Doughty K, Katz DL. Snacking, satiety, and weight: a randomized, controlled trial. Am J Health Promot. 2016 Aug 10. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Treu JA, Doughty K, Reynolds JS, Njike VY, Katz DL. Advancing School and Community Engagement Now for Disease Prevention (ASCEND): A quasi-experimental trial of school-based interventions to prevent childhood obesity. Am J Health Promot. 2015; [Epub ahead of print].
  • Doughty KN, Njike VY, Katz DL. Effects of a cognitive-behavioral therapy-based immersion obesity treatment program for adolescents on weight, fitness, and cardiovascular risk factors: A pilot study. Child Obes. 2015 Apr; 11(2):215-8.
  • Katz DL, Doughty K, Ali A. Cocoa and chocolate in human health and disease. Antioxid Redox Signal. 2011 Nov 15;15(10):2779-811.
  • Katz DL, Doughty K, Njike V, Treu JA, Reynolds J, Walker J, Smith E, Katz C. A cost comparison of more and less nutritious food choices in US supermarkets. Public Health Nutr. 2011; 28:1-7.