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Dr. Kathy James

Associate Professor

University of San Diego, San Diego - DNSc
University of San Diego, San Diego - MSN
California State University, Fullerton - BSN

Dr. Kathy James is an Associate Professor of Nursing in the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. She received a DNSc and MSN from the University of San Diego and is a certified Family and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner. Dr. James volunteers at Linda Vista Community Clinic, owns three weight clinics run by advanced practice nurses, and does health promotion research. In 2012, she was inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses in Washington, DC. Her expertise has advanced the care of families in obesity prevention/intervention through workshops for hundreds of nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals globally. Through community and interdisciplinary partnerships, her work has led to the implementation of a nationally recognized program “Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition” (WECAN) in an underserved, ethnically diverse population in San Diego, CA. This project dramatically decreases health disparities by improving access to weight management strategies, demonstrating long term effectiveness in preventing childhood obesity in minority and low income families; and provides empirical evidence for promotion of this program globally.

Dr. James’ research interests are childhood and adult obesity, perinatal weight control, and community health. She has conducted studies in elementary, middle schools and with USD students assessing wellness habits. Her research focus is childhood obesity prevention through interventions with mothers. She completed a community study with Latino mothers and used the NIH Ways to Enhance Children’s Activity and Nutrition [WECAN] program which promotes mother as role model to prevent childhood obesity. Dr. James is active in statewide and national task forces which develop tool kits to educate health professionals and speaks to audiences of all ages at local, national and international conferences.

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