Katie S. Martin, PhD

Assistant Professor, Nutrition and Public Health, University of Saint Joseph (Affiliate)

Director of Public Health Program, University of Saint Joseph


Research Overview

I am interested in interventions and policies that promote healthy behaviors. My work involves interventions related to food security, obesity prevention and healthy food access with a goal of influencing policy. Recently I examined the availability and purchase of healthy food items in corner stores in Hartford, CT. I also conducted a randomized control study to evaluate a food pantry program called Freshplace whose goal is to promote behavior change for long-term food security and self sufficiency. The Freshplace intervention is based on the Stages of Change theory and incorporates motivational interviewing through case management. We plan to disseminate findings to the national network of foodbanks and pantries with the hope of scaling-up the model for replication. I would like to collaborate with other InCHIP affiliates to tailor the IMB model for use with food security behavior change. I also direct the new undergraduate program in Public Health at the University of Saint Joseph.

In order to promote food security and prevent obesity, I believe we need to blend individual behavior change with health policy. For example, we need evidence based interventions that help people make healthy choices while also advocating for local, state and national policies that make healthy food affordable and accessible.


B.A., Political Science, Indiana University, 1991.
M.S., 1996 and PhD, 2002 in Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University.
Post-doctoral fellowship, Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut, 2002 – 2004.

Recent Publications

Contact Information
Mailing AddressUniversity of Saint Joseph
Department of Nutrition and Public Health
1678 Asylum Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117