1120 15th Street, HS-1711
Augusta, GA 30912
Phone: (706) 721-4534
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Catherine Lucy Davis, PhD is a Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology and Graduate Studies at Georgia Regents University and is an Associate Member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program of the GHSU Cancer Center. She earned her AB degree from Dartmouth College (1990) and her MS and PhD degrees in Clinical Health Psychology (1997) from the University of Miami, Florida.
Dr. Davis studies health promotion and disease prevention in overweight and obese children, conducting NIH-funded efficacy trials of aerobic exercise training to reduce the risk of diabetes and other cardiovascular diseases, and to improve mental health, including cognitive function and academic achievement. Much of this work is directly applicable to reducing risk of cancer and ameliorating increased cardiovascular risk among cancer survivors.
Dr. Davis collaborates with Dr. Martha Tingen whose focus is on reducing cancer risk through tobacco cessation and prevention. They are piloting a multiple risk factor reduction study in rural schools. A prior pilot study in which Dr. Davis participated revealed that environmental tobacco smoke exposure (i.e., cotinine levels) was related to obesity and cognitive abilities in overweight and obese children.
Dr. Davis is also assisting Dr. Kathy Ruble of Johns Hopkins University with a project to increase physical activity in childhood cancer survivors, who are at elevated risk of cardiovascular disease.