Kathryn S. Keim, PhD, RD

Kathryn S. Keim, PhD

Associate Editor
Chair and Professor, Clinical Nutrition, Rush University, Rush University Medical Center, Emerita

Kathy Keim received a PhD degree (1983) in Nutrition from Texas Tech University, a master of science degree in Food and Nutrition from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a bachelor of science degree in Home Economics Education from the University of Minnesota. She has been a Registered Dietitian for over 40 years and worked in food service, renal dietetics, and cooperative extension as a nutrition specialist. Most of her career was in higher education working with many undergraduate and graduate nutrition students, including dietetic interns.

Her research interests included a broad area of study with a common theme of diabetes mellitus. She has worked with many different teams of researchers on topics such as why young adults eat fruit and vegetables, different methods of education in cooperative extension, testing an educational module for college students with type 1 diabetes to help them adjust to college, Native Americans perspective of diabetes and the traditional diet, and a healthy lifestyle intervention with low-income urban African Americans who had type 2 diabetes. Some of her research used qualitative methods to learn about the participant’s perspective towards diabetes, a healthy diet, obesity, poverty, and following a healthy lifestyle. Often food intake was measured to get a complete picture of the food patterns of the sample.

Dr. Keim is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior. She held two terms on the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior Board of Editors and two terms on the Journal committee. She was Chair of the Higher Education Division of SNEB. She was an evidence analyst and wrote a position paper for the Academy.

Since retiring in 2018 from the Chair position, Department of Clinical Nutrition, Rush University, Kathy and her husband now live in Fulshear, Texas, to be near her two grandsons, son, and daughter-in-law. She spends her time gardening year-round, quilting, reading, and organizing family history and photos.