Kathleen B. Watson, Ph.D., U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Kathleen (Kathy) Watson, Ph.D. is an epidemiologist with the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at CDC. In this position she conceptualizes and executes research studies, designs surveillance activities, questionnaires, and metrics, and co-leads activities across federal agencies to update and maintain the nation’s goals and objectives for physical activity. She currently serves on several steering committees and is engaged in a number of workgroups. She has co-authored over 120 scientific publications, book chapters, and translational materials. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Watson served as a senior biostatistician and faculty instructor at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She received her BS from the University of Houston – Downtown, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health.