Kathaleen Briggs Early

Kathaleen Briggs Early

Kathaleen Briggs Early PhD, RDN, CDE

Associate Professor Nutrition
COM-Biomedical Sciences, COM-Faculty
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Dr. Early teaches in areas related to obesity, diabetes, metabolism and clinical nutrition. She earned her doctorate in nutrition from Washington State University in Pullman, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Central Washington University. She worked as a clinical dietitian and diabetes educator in central Washington and north Idaho for almost 10 years prior to coming to PNWU in 2007 as one of the founding faculty members. 

Dr. Early seeks to understand the effects that quality of life and personal factors have on one’s ability to make lifestyle-related behavior change. Her research focuses on adults and youth with overweight, obesity, and/or diabetes in an effort to reduce health-related barriers and improve chronic disease outcomes. She is particularly interested in lifestyle-related health disparities among low-income, rural, and Hispanic/Latino communities. She approaches her community-based work with passion and drive, and is eager to include students in these projects. 

Since joining PNWU, Dr. Early has secured over $120,000 in research grant funds; published a book chapter, 5 peer-reviewed journal articles; and presented at national and regional scientific and medical conferences. 

In addition to her teaching, research and committee duties at PNWU, Dr. Early is a member of the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), the American Diabetes Association (ADA), Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND), American Society for Nutrition (ASN), Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS), The Obesity Society, The Washington Association of Diabetes Educators, the Washington State Public Health Association, and the International Society for Pediatric and Adolescent Diabetes (ISPAD).