Kara Gavin, PhD

Assistant Scientist

Kara Gavin, PhD MPH, is an assistant scientist with a background in social and behavioral epidemiology and statistical methods. She received her PhD in 2017 from the University of Minnesota. As part of her doctoral research she focused on topics at the intersection of adult weight loss maintenance and physical activity including the role of major life events and self-monitoring gaps. Prior to joining WiSOR, She completed a post-doctoral research fellowship at Northwestern University, where she used novel quantitative methods to understand variations in health behaviors and physical activity as well as evaluate physical activity interventions for cancer survivors.

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  • MPH, Health Behavior Health Promotion, Ohio State University, 2011
  • PhD, Epidemiology, University of Minnesota, 2017
  • Post-doc, Cancer Prevention and Control, Northwestern University, 2019