Kathy Gunter, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
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Hallie E. Ford Center

Hallie E. Ford Center 247

2631 SW Campus Way

2631 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331
Curriculum Vitae: 

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School of Biological and Population Health Sciences
Center for Healthy Aging Research
Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children & Families
Extension Family and Community Health Program
Physical Activity
Academic 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.

Beyond OSU
Personal Interests: 

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


Kathy has a majority appointment in Health Extension and is a member of the Kinesiology program faculty. She serves as director of the Healthy Lifestyles and Obesity Prevention Research Core at the Hallie E. 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 rural populations.

She 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.

My Publications


Journal Article

J. A. Jackson, Branscum, A. J., John, D. H., Smit, E., and Gunter, K., Healthy Eating, Physical Activity, and Learning Behaviors, Health Behavior and Policy Review, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 24 - 34, 2015.


Journal Article


Book Chapter

H. C. Almstedt and Gunter, K., Impact Exercise for Optimal Bone Health in Growing Children: An Evidenced-based Approach to Exercise Prescription., in Handbook of Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease, New York: Springer, 2012, pp. 2413-2426.

Journal Article


Journal Article

A. McNamara and Gunter, K., The influence of participation in Better Bones and Balance™ on skeletal health: evaluation of a community-based exercise program to reduce fall and fracture risk., Osteoporosis international : a journal established as result of cooperation between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA, 2011.


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