Dr Kathy James

Kathy S. James is a nurse scholar recognized internationally for her work in childhood obesity. She has a doctorate in nursing and is a family and women’s health nurse practitioner. She is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of San Diego and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nurses. Her expertise has advanced the care of families in obesity prevention/intervention through workshops for hundreds of nurses, physicians, and allied health professionals globally.

Dr. James has over 20 years of clinical experience working with children and adults with obesity problems and oversees patient care at three weight loss clinics.  Her scholarship provides empirically derived knowledge to inform practice and health policy related to childhood obesity and health outcomes. Dr. James is dedicated to improving the quality of life of underserved families facing the challenges of childhood obesity and has demonstrated this with her community work, research, national and international presentations, and publications. Her recent publications (Journal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing, 2008;2010 and Infant, Children & Adolescent Nutrition, 2012) regarding the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of a family based intervention to provide family focused nutritional and weight management strategies to underserved diverse populations, is an example of the utilization of current research including findings from her most recently funded studies.

She has a strong commitment to advancing nursing practice and research, and to increase interdisciplinary respect for nursing scholarship as evidenced by her consistently being targeted to assume interdisciplinary leadership roles to significantly influence policy and health outcomes for families and children. She is a primary consultant to the California Medical Association Foundation and California Association of Health Plans; contributes on the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality; chaired California Association of Nurse Practitioners Practice Issues; serves on the Expert Panel on Child and Family Health for the American Academy of Nurses and has served as a Legislative representative for Southern California with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She continues to look for collaborative opportunities nationally and internationally to provide obesity education and to apply evidence based treatment modalities with multi-disciplines.