Kathleen Davis, Ph.D., RDN, CSP, L.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Nutrition, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Davis holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. She has been a dietitian since 2000 and is a Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition. She has worked as both a NICU dietitian and a general pediatric dietitian. She has significant experience working with children with oral-facial defects, Down Syndrome, developmental delay, food allergies, and pediatric obesity

Dr. Davis has published three articles on advanced glycation end products and one article on the relationship between cottonseed oil and cholesterol. However, her primary research interests are in her area of clinical expertise and include obesity, especially pediatric obesity management and prevention, as well as nutrition for children with developmental disorders, and early feeding practices that are protective against obesity in young children. 

Dr. Davis also participates in research through her consulting role in UT Southwestern’s Clinical Research Unit in which she designs research diets for patients with hyperlipoproteinemia and disorders of mineral metabolism. 

Dr. Davis is passionate about teaching and is also involved in research in the classroom.


Undergraduate School
Texas Woman's University (1995)
Graduate School
Texas Woman's University (1998)
Graduate School
Texas Woman's University (1999)

Research Interest

  • Pediatric Development Disorders
  • Pediatric Obesity Management and Prevention


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Contribution of dietary advanced glycation end products (AGE) to circulating AGE: role of dietary fat.
Davis KE, Prasad C, Vijayagopal P, Juma S, Adams-Huet B, Imrhan V Br. J. Nutr. 2015 Sep 1-10
Advanced Glycation End Products, Inflammation, and Chronic Metabolic Diseases:Links in a Chain?
Davis KE, Prasad C, Vijayagopal P, Juma S, Imrhan V Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr 2014 Sep
Serum soluble receptor for advanced glycation end products correlates inversely with measures of adiposity in young adults.
Davis KE, Prasad C, Vijayagopal P, Juma S, Imrhan V Nutr Res 2014 Jun 34 6 478-85
Consumption of a diet rich in cottonseed oil (CSO) lowers total and LDL cholesterol in normo-cholesterolemic subjects.
Davis KE, Prasad C, Imrhan V Nutrients 2012 Jul 4 7 602-10

Honors & Awards

  • Southwestern Academy of Teachers Small Grant Awardee
    Preparing Dietitians for Collaborative Healthcare Teams using Team-Based Learning (2014-2016)
  • TWU Chancellor’s Research Scholar
  • Phi Kappa Phi Inductee

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • National Association of Bionutritionists (2014)
  • American Society of Nutrition (2012)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2001)