Katherine Hoerster, PhD, MPH

Personal Statement

My research focuses on the influence of socio-cultural and environmental factors on health and health behavior, particularly in the context of psychiatric illness. I recently completed a 5-year VA HSR&D Career Development Award.  During the award our team engaged Veterans to develop a behavioral weight loss program for Veterans with PTSD called MOVE!+UP. We recently launched a VA Merit-funded study to test MOVE!+UP in a hybrid effectiveness and implementation randomized controlled trial. I am also PI on a VA Merit pragmatic clinical trial to test a remote behavioral weight loss intervention among 500 Veterans with obesity. I am Principal Investigator for an HSR&D- and MIRECC-funded survey study that examines the role of social and neighborhood factors in prevention and management of chronic disease among Veterans. I am fortunate to work with Veterans with PTSD as a staff psychologist in the VA Puget Sound-Seattle PTSD Outpatient Clinic. Lastly, I have an interest in maximizing research impact by communicating about science to the public and policymakers.


PhD, San Diego State University/University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, 2010
MPH, San Diego State University, School of Public Health, 2009
BA, Connecticut College, 2001

Department Affiliations

Other Affiliations

VA Health Services Research & Development (HSR&D) Seattle-Denver Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value-Driven Care.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe in competency-based training that capitalizes on trainees’ unique strengths and skillsets.  I believe that experiential learning is a powerful tool, providing the opportunity for direct observation and feedback, modeling, and bidirectional learning.

Recent Publications

Testing a tailored weight management program for veterans with PTSD: The MOVE! + UP randomized controlled trial.
(2021 Jun 16)
Contemp Clin Trials 107(): 106487
Hoerster KD, Tanksley L, Sulayman N, Bondzie J, Brier M, Damschroder L, Coggeshall S, Houseknecht D, Hunter-Merrill R, Monty G, Saelens BE, Sayre G, Simpson T, Wong E, Nelson K

Not quite a block party: COVID-19 street reallocation programs in Seattle, WA and Vancouver, BC.
(2021 Jun)
SSM Popul Health 14(): 100769
Firth CL, Baquero B, Berney R, Hoerster KD, Mooney SJ, Winters M

Weight Management and Healthy Lifestyles.
(2020 Oct 1)
JAMA Intern Med 180(10): 1403-1404
Hoerster KD, Gray K, Raffa SD

Testing a self-directed lifestyle intervention among veterans: The D-ELITE pragmatic clinical trial.
(2020 Aug)
Contemp Clin Trials 95(): 106045
Hoerster KD, Collins MP, Au DH, Lane A, Epler E, McDowell J, Barón AE, Rise P, Plumley R, Nguyen T, Schooler M, Schuttner L, Ma J

Differences in functional and structural social support among female and male veterans and civilians.
(2021 Mar)
Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol 56(3): 375-386
Campbell SB, Gray KE, Hoerster KD, Fortney JC, Simpson TL

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