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Past Postdoctoral Member: Sarah Katherine Sweatt, PhD

Chelsea R Singleton Postdoctoral Fellow
Webb Building Department of Nutrition Sciences Rm 427
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Office: 205-975-9629
Full CV

Katherine Sweatt is a postdoctoral fellow with the UAB Department of Psychiatry in the Division of Behavioral Neurobiology.

Katherine received her Bachelor of Science in Pre-medical Sports Medicine from Samford University in 2008. She came to UAB in January of 2010 to pursue a Master’s in Exercise Physiology under the mentorship of Dr. Gary Hunter. Her master's thesis evaluated the accuracy of perceived exertion over weight loss and weight regain in African American and European American.

In 2012, Katherine began as a predoctoral trainee in the Department of Nutrition Sciences and the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center to pursue a Doctorate. Her area of research included psychosocial and lifestyle determinants of diabetes risk factors in women. More specifically, her work assessed the relationship between psychosocial distress, insulin sensitivity, and chronic inflammation. This involved conducting a diet and exercise intervention in women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), in which findings suggested that a lifestyle approach may produce both metabolic and psychosocial health benefits in the management of PCOS.

Katherine began postdoctoral training in April of 2017 under the mentorship of Dr. Li Li in the Department of Psychiatry. She intends to continue to develop clinical research skills and focus on the impact of depression and early life stress on the development of obesity and metabolic disease.


  1. 2012: UAB Nutrition and Obesity Research Center "Creativity is a Decision" Prize Recipient
  2. 2013: UAB Department of Nutrition Sciences Ronald Weinsier Support Fund "Effect of resistant starch on postprandial polymorphonuclear cell response to oxidative stress and antioxidiozidant gene expression." (PI: SK Sweatt; 03/18/13-Present; $7,500 Annual Direct Costs).
  3. 2013: UAB Nutrition and Obesity Research Center "Creativity is a Decision" Prize Recipient
  4. 2015: American Society of Nutrition Energy and Macronutrient Metabolism Research Interest Group Travel Award


  1. SK Sweatt, A Cherrington, F Ovalle, G Fisher, S Ballinger, BA Gower. Psychosocial stress may affect risk for type 2 diabetes by increasing chronic inflammation. JCEM. In review. SK Sweatt, G Fisher, BA Gower (2016) Effects of Resistant Starch Intake in Humans. F Nutr Reprt 1(2): 19-26.
  2. Gower BA, Bergman R, Stefanovski D, Darnell B, Ovalle F, Fisher G, Sweatt SK, Resuehr HS, Pelkman C. Baseline insulin sensitivity affects response to high-amylose maize resistant starch in women: a randomized, controlled trial. Nutr Metab (Lond). 2016 Jan 13;13:2.
  3. Katherine Sweatt, Jane Roy, Paula Chandler-Laney, Gordon Fisher, David Brock, Gary Hunter. Ethnic Differences in the Consistency of Accuracy of Perceived Exertion. American Journal of Human Biology. 5 October 2015; DOI: 10.1002/ajhb.22801.
  4. Sweatt SK, Agne A, Willig A, Powell J, Cherrington A. Physical activity patterns of Latinas living in Alabama. Racial and Ethnic Disparities. 2015 Sep 1;2(3):365-72. doi: 10.1007/s40615-015-0083-1. PMID: 26413457

Year: 2017 - 2018 (Postdoctoral Fellow)
Mentor: Li Li, MD, PhD

Year: 08/01/2012 - 2016 (Predoctoral Student)
Primary Mentor: Barbara Gower, PhD; Co-mentors: Andrea Cherington, MD; Gordon Fisher, PhD.