Kathryn Knoff

Kathryn Knoff

Kathryn Knoff


Kathryn is a PhD candidate in her fourth year of the Community Health program in the Department of Kinesiology, Health and Sport studies with a minor in Educational Evaluation and Research (Quantitative track). This is also her fourth year with MPSI, and second year as a fellow. She is currently serving as the MPSI Graduate Student Organization's (GSO) Co-President. She is a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant in the KHS Department, working on data organization and evaluation for the University's Community Health Pipeline Project as well as teaching health education courses. She is also a member of the student board of the Society of Behavioral Medicine as Social Media Director and a member of the Executive Council as Communications Chair in the American Public Health Association.

She has formerly worked at MPSI as a student research assistant in the Parent Health lab, and has worked on the 5-a-day Parenting Project, the Wayne State University Early Childhood Consortium, and the Parenting Young Children Checkup project.


 Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Office Location

Faculty Administration Building, 2nd Floor

Areas of Expertise

Community Health, obesity prevention and intervention, behavioral interventions and mental health in adolescents and emerging adults.

Research Focus

 Obesity Prevention and behavioral interventions in children and adolescents.


 American Red Cross CPR, AED

Professional Associations

American Public Health Association (APHA)

Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)

Society of Public Health Education- Great Lakes Chapter (GLC-SOPHE)

Psi Chi International Honors Society

Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute Graduate Student Organization (MPSI GSO)

Courses Taught

HE2310: Dynamics of Personal Health

KHS 1010: Wellness at Wayne

HE5522: Health Psychology


 McGoron, L., Ratner, H.H., Knoff, K.A.G., Hvizdos, E., & Ondersma, S.J. (2019). A Pragmatic Internet Intervention to Promote Positive Parenting and School Readiness in Early Childhood: Initial Evidence of Program Use and Satisfaction. JMIR Pediatrics and Parenting, 2(2):e14518. doi: 10.2196/14518 



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