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Ketrell McWhorter

Assistant Professor
Public Health Program Coordinator

Department: Science & Health 

Office: LU 163

Phone Extension: 2563

Professional Interests

My doctoral research included using a lifecourse approach to examine how in utero exposures to maternal overnutrition may lead to large-for-gestational age at birth and offspring overweight/obesity in later life. During my postdoctoral experience in the Social and Environmental Determinants of Health Equity lab at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, I examined how traumatic childhood experiences may lead to health adversities in later life, such as poor sleep habits and type 2 diabetes. As Public Health Program Coordinator, I am developing coursework to launch two new and exciting Bachelor of Science majors, Public Health and Health Promotion & Wellness.

Other Interests

My personal mission is to bring health and wellness to the underserved and through academic research, teaching, as well as personal fitness training, elucidate that inseparable connection between physical and spiritual health/wellbeing.

Personal

I am the youngest of five children and I currently reside in Georgetown, Kentucky. I enjoy personal fitness training, archery, billiards, and reading, and above all, comic book movies.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Cincinnati, 2017
  • M.B.A., Interdisciplinary, Xavier University, 2014
  • B.B.A., Finance, University of Cincinnati, 2003
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Cincinnati, 1999
  • I chose Epidemiology because it is the marriage of two disciplines, Sociology and Medicine.

Publications

  • Gaston SA, Park YM, McWhorter KL, Sandler DP, Jackson CL. Multiple Poor Sleep Characteristics and Metabolic Abnormalities Consistent with Metabolic syndrome among White, Black, and Hispanic/Latina Women: Modification by Menopausal Status. Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome. 2019; 11:17.
  • McWhorter KL, Park, YM, Gaston SA, Fang KB, Sandler DP, Jackson CL. Multiple Sleep Dimensions and Type 2 Diabetes Risk Among Women in the Sister Study: Differences by Race/Ethnicity. (under review)
  • McWhorter KL, Parks CG, D’Aloisio AA, Rojo-Wissar DM, Sandler DP, Jackson CL. Traumatic Childhood Experiences and Multiple Dimensions of Poor Sleep among Adult Women. (under review)
  • McWhorter KL, Bowers K, Dolan L, Deka R, Jackson CL, Khoury J. Assessing the Impact of Excessive Gestational Weight Gain among Women with Type 1 Diabetes and Overweight/Obesity in their Adolescent and Young Adult Offspring: A Pilot Study. Frontiers in Endocrinology, section: Diabetes During and Beyond Pregnancy: A Life Course Perspective. doi: 10.3389/fendo.2018.00713
  • McWhorter KL, Bowers K, Dolan L, Deka R, Jackson CL, Khoury J. The Impact of Excessive Gestational Weight Gain and Pre-pregnancy Body Mass Index on the Prevalence of Large-for-Gestational Age Infants Among Women with Type I Insulin-Dependent Diabetes: A Cross-Sectional Population Study. BMJ Open. 2018; 8(3):e019617. [PMID 29602844]
  • Kawakita T, Bowers K, McWhorter KL, Rosen B, Adams M, et al. Characterizing Gestational Weight Gain According to Institute of Medicine Guidelines in Women with Type I Diabetes Mellitus: Association with Maternal and Perinatal Outcome. American Journal of Perinatology. 2016; 33(13):1266-1272. [PMID 27398703]

Scientific Oral Presentations

  • McWhorter K. Racial Differences in Traumatic Childhood Experiences and Suboptimal Sleep among Adult Women. 33rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC. San Antonio, TX. June 11, 2019.
  • McWhorter K. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Sleep Duration and Sleep Disturbances among Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Women in the United States. 33rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC. San Antonio, TX. June 11, 2019.
  • McWhorter K. The Association Between Gestational Weight Patterns in Early Pregnancy and Large-for-Gestational Age Infants Among Women with Type I Diabetes. Presented by Katherine Bowers. Society for Epidemiological Research Annual Meeting. Baltimore, MD. June 21, 2018.
  • McWhorter K. Racial Differences in Traumatic Childhood Experiences and Suboptimal Sleep among Adult Women. Presented by Darlynn M. Rojo-Wissar. 32nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, LLC. Baltimore, MD. June 4, 2018.
  • Traumatic Childhood Experiences and Suboptimal Sleep in Adult Women. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences 15th Annual Science Days. Research Triangle Park, NC. November 2, 2017.

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