Caitlin A. Golden

Caitlin Golden

Caitlin A. Golden

PhD Candidate in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research

American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowship (2021-2023)

The American Heart Association (AHA) Predoctoral Fellowship program provides research assistance and training to help students initiate careers in areas broadly elated to cardiovascular function, disease and stroke, or to related basic science, bioengineering or biotechnology, and public health problems.  Caitlin Golden has been awarded a two-year AHA fellowship for her project, “Identifying the necessary and sufficient factors to improve translation of rural childhood obesity treatment programs.”  She relinquished a UNMC Graduate Studies Assistantship in order to accept the AHA Fellowship. Caitlin’s research focuses on elucidating the factors that increase the likelihood of implementation fidelity and positive changes in weight status across communities engaged in the Nebraska Childhood Obesity Research Demonstration (N-CORD) 3.0 Project.  By employing a mixed-method technique for data interpretation and analysis that can be used with small sample sizes, her project should advance our understanding of the necessary and sufficient factors of program content, implementation, and outcomes that are critical to the broader uptake and utility of evidence-based obesity treatment programs.  A PhD Candidate in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Research, Caitlin is pursuing her dissertation research under the co-mentorship of Jennie Hill, PhD (Department of Epidemiology) and Paul Estabrooks, PhD (Department of Health Promotion) in the College of Public Health.