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 has been a dietitian since 2000 and holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in nutrition from Texas Woman’s University. Dr. Davis’ clinical areas of expertise include pediatric nutrition, especially pediatric weight management. She is a Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ board certification in pediatric nutrition). She has worked at Texas Health Resources Harris Methodist Ft. Worth and Cook Children’s Medical Center as a NICU dietitian and has also worked with children with oral-facial defects and Down Syndrome. She has also worked with children with developmental delay, food allergies, and pediatric obesity through her work at Cook Children’s, in private practice and with Early Childhood Intervention (ECI).

Dr. Davis has published two 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 and metabolic markers.  Dr. Davis also participates in research through her consulting role in UT Southwestern’s Clinical and Translational Research Center.

Dr. Davis says her goal as an instructor is to inspire and provide a quality learning experience for her students. Her goal as a dietitian is to help families identify and correct nutritional problems, thus improving their health.


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

Research Interest

  • Metabolic Biomarkers
  • Pediatric Obesity


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Serum Soluble Receptor for Advanced Glycation End Products (sRAGE) Correlates Inversely with Measures of Adiposity in Young Adults
Davis KE, Prasad C, Vijayagopal P, Juma S, Imrhan V. Nutr Res 2014 In Press
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 2014 In Press
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

  • TWU Chancellor’s Research Scholar
  • Phi Kappa Phi Inductee

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Nutrition (2012)
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2001)