Below is a brief list of published research that has been conducted by Katie Kavanagh, her colleagues, and her students.

  • Grier-Welch A, Marquis J, Spence M, Kavanagh K, & Anderson Steeves ET. Food acquisition behaviors and perceptions of food pantry use among food pantry clients in rural Appalachia. Ecol Food Nutr. 2021;1-20. doi:10.1080/03670244.2020.1793138
  • McElrone M, Colby S, Franzen-Castle L, Olfert MD, Kattelmann KK, Fouts HN, Spence M, Kavanagh K, White AA. A community-based cultural adaptation process: Developing a relevant cooking curriculum to address food security for Burundian and Congolese refugee families. Health Promot Pract. 2020. doi:10.1177/1524839920922496
  • McElrone M, Colby S, Fouts HN, Spence M, Kavanagh K, Franzen-Castle L, Olfert MD, Kattleman KK, White AA. Feasibility and acceptability of implementing a culturally adapted cooking curriculum for Burundian and Congolese refugee families. Ecol Food Nutr. 2020. doi:10.1080/03670244.2020.1759575
  • Sowers MF, Colby S, Kavanagh K, & Zhou W. Testing product, pricing, and promotional strategies for vending machine interventions with a college population. J Food Bus Res. 2019:22(4);303-325. doi:10.1080/15378020.2019.1592653
  • McElrone M, Colby SE, Moret L, Kavanagh K, Spence M, Fouts HN, Ellington A, Payne M. Barriers and facilitators to food security among adult Burundian and Congolese refugee females resettled in the US. Ecol Food Nutr. 2019:58;247-264. doi:10.1080/03670244.2019.1598981
  • Colby S, Sparks A, Thompson D, Overstreet B, Monroe C, Appelo S, Hansen-Petrik M, Kavanagh K. Low protein intake among college males is associated with increased BMI. Top Clin Nutr. 2018:33;219-226.
  • Sowers MF, Colby S, Zhou W, Odoi A, Anderson Steeves E, Kavanagh K. Frequency of vending machine usage as a predictor of weight status among college students. Int J Nutr Food Sci. 2018:7;39-46. doi: 10.11648/j.ijnfs.20180702.11
  • Habibi M, Springer C, Spence M, Hansen-Petrik M, Kavanagh K. The use of videoconferencing for lactation consultation: An online cross-sectional survey of mothers in the United States. J Hum Lact. 2018:34;313-321.
  • Ellison RG, Greer BP, Burney JL, Goodell LS, Bower KB, Nicklas JC, Lou Z, Kavanagh K. Observations and conversations: Home-preparation of infant formula among a sample of low-income mothers in the Southeastern U.S. JNEB. 2017:49;579-587.
  • Bower KB,†# Burnette T, Lewis D, Wright C, Kavanagh KF. “I had one job and that was to make milk”: Mothers’ experiences expressing breast milk for their very-low-birth-weight (VLBW) infants. J Hum Lact. 2017:33;188-194.
  • Lessen R &Kavanagh KF. Position of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015;115.3:444-449.
  • Lessen R & Kavanagh KF. Practice Paper of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Promoting and Supporting Breastfeeding. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2015;115.3:450-460.
  • Lou Z, Zeng G, Huang L, Wang Y, Zhou L, Kavanagh KF. Independent study module for lactation consultants: Maternal reported indicators and causes of insufficient milk supply. J Hum Lact. 2014;30:511-512.
  • Lou Z, Zeng G, Huang L, Wang Y, Zhou L, Kavanagh KF. Maternal reported indicators and causes of perceived insufficient milk supply. J Hum Lact. 2014;30:466-473.
  • Lou Z, Zeng G, Orme J, Huang L, Liu F, Pang X, Kavanagh KF. Breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, and intention in a sample of Chinese undergraduate students. J Hum Lact. 2014;30:331-339. 
  • Waller JH, Bower KM, Spence M, Kavanagh KF. Using Grounded Theory Methodology to conceptualize the mother-infant communication dynamic: Potential application to compliance with infant-feeding recommendations. Mat Child Nutr. DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12056
  • Kavanagh KF, Lou Z,Nicklas JC, Habibi MF, Murphy LT. Breastfeeding knowledge, attitudes, prior exposure, and intent among undergraduate students. J Hum Lact. 2012;28:556-564.
  • Kavanagh KF, Joyce SF,† Nolte J, Morgan LG, Lou Z, Nicklas JC. Knowledge of the birth process among undergraduates: Impact of screening of a documentary featuring natural childbirth in low-risk pregnancies. Int J Childbirth. 2012;2:20-29.
  • Habibi MF, Nicklas JC, Spence M, Hedberg S, Magnuson E, Kavanagh KF. Remote lactation consultation: A qualitative study of maternal response to experience and recommendations for survey development. J Hum Lact. 2012;28:212-218.
  • Kavanagh KF, Habibi M, Anderson K, Spence MS. Caregiver-versus infant-oriented feeding: A model of infant-feeding strategies among WIC participants in rural East Tennessee. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010;110:1485-1491.
  • Anderson KE, Nicklas JC, Spence M, Kavanagh K. Roles, perceptions, and control of infant feeding among low-income fathers. Public Health Nutr. 2010;13:522-530.
  • Whelan J, Jahns L, Kavanagh-Prochaska, K. DHA: Measurements in food and dietary exposure. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2009;81:131-136.
  • Kavanagh KF, Cohen RJ, Heinig MJ, Dewey KG. Educational intervention to modify bottle-feeding behaviors among formula feeding mothers in the WIC program: Impact on infant formula intake, and weight gain. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2008;40:244-250.
  • Heinig MJ, Follett JR, Ishii KD, Kavanagh-Prochaska K, Cohen R, Panchula J. Barriers to compliance with infant feeding recommendations among low-income women. J Hum Lact. 2006;22:27-38.


#Student paper awarded the second annual Miriam Labbok New Investigator Award (2018) from the Journal of Human Lactation.