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Kendra Kattelmann

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Title Department Head, Distinguished Professor/Director-Didactic Program in Dietetics
Office Building Wagner Hall
Room Number 425
Mailing Address South Dakota State University
Health & Nutritional Sciences
SWG 425, Box 2275A
Brookings, SD 57007

Dr. Kendra Kattelmann is a registered dietitian, Department Head and Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics, Health and Nutritional Sciences Department. Dr. Kattelmann maintains an active research program that focuses on prevention of excessive weight gain in young adults through healthful dietary choices and environmental support. She also has work focusing on prevention of type 2 diabetes through traditional dietary patterns of the Native American. Dr. Kattelmann has been funded nationally by National Institutes of Health and National Institute of Food and Agriculture and is currently engaged in several projects with NC1193 Multi-State Team Healthy Campus Consortium investigators collaborating with Cooperative Extension partners for obesity prevention of young adults and children. Additionally, her work focuses on supporting public policy to support healthful environment that is “making the healthy choice the easy choice.” She is a past-president of the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior.

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Area(s) of Research

Examples of recent publications:

1. Brown O; Quick V, Colby S, Greene G, Horacek TM, Hoerr S, Koenings M,; Kidd T, Morrell J, Olfert M, Phillips B, Shelnutt K, White A Kattelmann K.. Recruitment lessons learned from a tailored web-based health intervention project Y.E.A.H. (Young Adults Eating and Active for Health). Health Education. 2015;115:470-479.
2. Quick V, Byrd-Bredbenner C, White AA, Shoff S, Lohse B., Horacek T, Kattelmann K, Phillps B, Hoerr S, Greene G. Concordance of self-report and measured height and weight of college students. J Nutr Educ Behav, advanced publication DOI: 10.1016/j.jneb.2014.08.012.
3. Geissler C, Amuna P, Kattelmann KK, Zotor FB, Donovan SM. The eNutrition Academy: Supporting a new generation of nutritional scientists around the world. Advances in Nutrition 2016;7:190-198; doi:10.3945/an.115.010728.
4. *Hemmingson K, Lucchesi R, Droke E, Kattelmann K. Tailoring a web-based weight maintenance intervention for Northern Plains American Indian public university students. Health Education J. 2015; DOI:10.1177/0017896915607909.
5. *Sorenson, A., Kattelmann, K., Meendering, J., Kabala, C., Mathews, D., Olfert, M., Colby, S., Franzen-Castle, L., White, A. Assessment of Physical Activity in 9- to 10-Year-Old Children Participating in a Family-Centered Intervention. Topics in Clinical Nutrition 2015;30(2):159-166.
6. *Comstock C, Kattelmann K, Zastrow M, McCormack L, Lindshield E, Li Y, Muturi N, Adhikari K, Kidd T. Assessing the environment for support of youth physical activity in rural communities. J. Nutr. Educ & Behav. 2016;48:234-241
7. *Olesen M, Kattelmann K, Meendering J, Stluka S. Jumpin’ Jacks: Social marketing campaign aimed to increase awareness of healthful behavior in South Dakota fourth grade students. J. Human Sciences and Extension. 2016;4:20-33.
8. Miller A, Franzen-Castle L, Aguirre T, Krehbiel M, Colby S, Kattelmann K, Olfert M, Mathews D, White A. Food-Related Behavior and Intake of Adult Main Meal Preparers of 9-10 Year-Old Children Participating in iCook 4-H: A Five-State Childhood Obesity Prevention Pilot Study. Appetite. 2016;101:163-171.
9. Byrd-Bredbenner C, Quick V, Koenings M, Martin-Biggers J, Kattelmann KK. Relationship of cognitive load on eating and weight related behaviors of young adults. Eat Behav. 2016;21:89-94. doi: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2016.01.002. 
10. Quick V, Byrd-Bredbenner C, Schoff S, White A, Lohse B, Horacek T, Kattelmann K, Phillips B, Hoerr S, Green G. A streamlined, enhanced self-report physical activity measure for young adults. International J Health Promotion and Education. 2016
11. Horacek TM, Dede Yildirim E, Kattelmann K, Byrd-Bredbenner C, Brown O, Colby S, Greene G, Hoerr S, Kidd T, Koenings MM,  Morrell J, Olfert MD, Phillips B, Shelnutt K, White A. Path analysis of campus walkability/bike-ability and college students’ physical activity attitudes, behaviors and body mass index. Am J Health Promo. 2016. DOI: 10.1177/0890117116666357.
12. *Hofer E, Kattelmann K, Merfeld C, Meendering J, Olfert M, White J, Colby S, Meade R, Franzen-Castle L, Aguirre T, Mathews D, and White A. iCook 4-H: Correlation of Quality of Life with Sedentary Time and Physical Activity in Youth. Nutrition Research (submitted January 2017).
13. Kidd, T., Lindshield, E., Kattelmann, K., Adhikari, K., Muturi, N., and Zies, S. Ignite-sparking youth to create healthy communities: a protocol for community-centered effort for the prevention of adolescent obesity. Int. J. Nurs.Clin. Pract. 2016;3:189. doi:10.15344/2394-4978/2016/189.
14. Remley D, Zies S, Stefura B, Leone R, Kattelmann K, & Kidd T. Assessing Physical Activity Determinants in Urban Settings: Comparison of Perceptions and Environmental Audit Findings. Journal of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences. 2016;11:65-82.
15. Muturi, N. W., Kidd, T., Khan, T., Kattelmann, K., Zies, S., Lindshield, E., & Adhikari, K. An examination of factors associated with self-efficacy for food choice and healthy eating among low-income adolescents in three US states. Frontiers in Communication, 2016;21 doi: 10.3389/fcomm.2016.00006.
16. Walsh J, White A, Kattelmann K. Stage-based healthy lifestyles program for non-college young adults. Health Behav. Educ. 2017;117:148-161.
Muturi, N., Kidd, T., Kattelmann K., Lindshield, E., Adhikari, K., Zies, S. Motivation for Obesity Reduction among Adolescents in Low-income Communities in Three U.S. States. Journal of Communication and Healthcare. 2017; published online

Work Experience

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Awards & Honors

• Distinguished Professor, South Dakota State University, 2017.
• Gold Author Award, Journal Nutrition Education and Behavior, 2016, 2017.
• F.O. Butler Award for Distinction of Excellence in Research, South Dakota State University, February
• Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, bestowed to those who have distinguished
themselves as leaders in the profession of dietetics and nutrition, September 2014,
• Distinguished Researcher, College of Education and Human Sciences, 2014
• 2013 Excellence in Practice for Research Award, a national award, chosen by Academy of Nutrition
and Dietetics.


Ph.D. Nutrition, University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, August 1993.

M.S. Home Economics with emphasis in Foods & Nutrition, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas, August 1984.

B.S. Nutrition and Food Science, South Dakota State University, Brookings, South Dakota, May 1977.

Additional experiences:

Dietetic Internship, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, D.C. 1977-1978.

Command and General Staff College (USAR School) Graduate, Ft Leavenworth, Kansas, 1992, (NCAA accredited), graduate certificate in organizational management and leadership.