Kathy Gunter, PhD

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist

College Of Public Health and Human Sciences
Hallie Ford Center 247
Corvallis, OR 97331

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Office phone: 541-737-3624
Fax: 541-737-2930

School, program or other affiliation

  • School of Biological and Population Health Sciences
  • Center for Healthy Aging Research
  • Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families
  • Skeletal Biology Laboratory
  • Extension Family and Community Health Program
  • Kinesiology

Research Interests

Examining the effects of a physically active lifestyle on the prevention and management of chronic disease. Efforts are primarily directed toward promotion of skeletal health across the lifespan and prevention of childhood obesity. Settings include schools, family child care homes, and communities. Examples of current work include 1.) Examination of early childhood exercise training potential to positively enhance skeletal health; 2.) Development, dissemination, and evaluation of community-based fall and fracture prevention programs; 3.) Use of community-based participatory research strategies to support healthy eating and physical activity in rural areas; 4.) Promotion of physical activity and healthful eating in child care settings to improve children’s health.

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Kathy Gunter, PhD is an Associate Professor in the School of Biological and Population Health Sciences in the College of Public Health and Human Sciences at Oregon State University. Dr. Gunter has a majority appointment in Health Extension, and is a member of the Exercise and Sport Science program faculty. She serves as Director of the Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention Research Core at the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families.  Her research focuses on developing, implementing and evaluating physical activity programs. She has directed these efforts toward individuals, families, childcare environments, schools, and more recently, rural populations.

Dr. Gunter is currently the Principal Investigator (with Deborah John) on a five-year, federally funded project to understand the effects of school and community environments on family and child physical activity and healthy eating behaviors, and child risk for obesity.

Personal Interests

running, cycling, reading and enjoying time with family and friends

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