Kathryn Chiang

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Health Promotion

Kathryn Chiang is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavior and Institute of Gerontology (IoG). She previously received her B.S. in Nutrition Science from Georgia State University and MPH in Health Promotion and Behavior from the University of Georgia. Currently, she is a graduate research assistant in IoG studying the effects of diet and physical activity on neurological development and obesity. Prior to joining IoG, Kathryn worked in the UGA Economic Evaluation Research Group (EERG) as a project manager and academic writer as well as the GSU Wander’s Lab studying the mechanisms of action of Methionine Restriction and Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21) on metabolic functioning.

  • Masters of Public Health, University of Georgia, 2022
  • B.S. in Nutrition Science, Georgia State University, 2020
Honors, Awards, and Achievements

2022 Inductee, Beta Chi Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society
2020-2021 Recipient, Outstanding MPH Student, University of Georgia


Member, Beta Chi Chapter of the Delta Omega Honor Society
Member, American Public Health Association (APHA)
Member, American Society for Nutrition (ASN)

Research Interests
  • Obesity
  • Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Population Health
  • Worksite Wellness
  • Chronic Disease Prevention
  • Women’s Health Disparities
  • Health Equity
Selected Publications

Rajbhandari-Thapa, J., Metzger, I., Ingels, J., Thapa, K., & Chiang, K. (2022). School climate-related determinants of physical activity among high school girls and boys. Journal of Adolescence, 1– 14. https://doi.org/10.1002/jad.12052

Rajbhandari-Thapa, Thapa, K., Yan, L., Ingels, J., Shi, L., Zhang, D., Shen, Y., & Chiang, K. (2022). Electronic Vapor Product Use and Levels of Physical Activity Among High School Students in Georgia. Tobacco Use Insights. https://doi.org/10.1177/1179173X221101786.

Land, H., West, C., Stern, J., Gettys, T., Wanders, D., Perez, P., & Chiang, K. (2020). Mechanisms of Action of Methionine Restriction and Fibroblast Growth Factor 21 (FGF21). Current Developments in Nutrition, 4(Suppl 2), 1218. https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzaa057_034

Perez, P., Wanders,D., Land, H., Chiang, K., Najjar, R., Patel, R., Knapp, D., Pearson, K., Chassaing, B., Feresin, R. Effects of Berries on High-Fat Diet-Induced Inflammation, Current Developments in Nutrition, Volume 4, Issue Supplement_2, June 2020, Page 449, https://doi.org/10.1093/cdn/nzaa045_082.