Academic Research Overview

Dr. Kathleen (Kate) Wolin completed her doctoral degree at the Harvard School of Public Health and her postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University. She was on the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Dr. Wolin’s academic research focused on translation of epidemiology and behavioral science into clinical care, specifically the implementation of interventions in cancer prevention and oncology care. Her research program is focused in three primary areas: 1) the role of physical activity and obesity in cancer etiology and post-treatment outcomes, 2) the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions in cancer survivorship care, and 3) the association of lifestyle with post-treatment health outcomes in cancer survivors. Dr. Wolin’s research lab employed observational and intervention study designs to examine these questions.

While at Washington University, Dr. Wolin was the site PI of the ENERGY study (Exercise and Nutrition to Enhance Recovery and Good health for You). This study is examining weight loss among breast cancer survivors. This vanguard trial will test an intervention using accessible strategies that can be adopted widely in clinical practice and community-based programs and is strategically designed to lead to a fully powered trial of disease-free survival in breast cancer survivors. Dr. Wolin was also the PI of an ancillary study to ENERGY is examining the effects of weight and exercise on bone health in breast cancer survivors undergoing weight loss. Dr. Wolin was also a member of the leadership team for TREC@WUSTL, leading Project 2 – PIE (Prostatectomy, Incontinence and Erectile function), which is examining the association of exercise and weight with recovery of urinary and sexual function after radical prostatectomy in men with prostate cancer. She continues to collaborate with academic colleagues on the science of personalized behavior change.