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Katie Smith

Assistant Professor of Sport Science and Health Education / Director of SC Honors Program
Katie Smith brings a unique combination of interdisciplinary clinical and practical experiences from the realms of exercise science and nutrition into the classroom at Simpson College.


Katie Smith is an Assistant Professor of Sport Science and Health Education. She received her Ph.D. from Iowa State University in Interdisciplinary Nutritional Sciences and her B.A. from Simpson College in Athletic Training. She is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Exercise Physiologist by the American College of Sports Medicine. Her research interests encompass several facets of women’s health, particularly prenatal lifestyle interventions to prevent maternal and fetal chronic disease. Prior to joining the faculty at Simpson, Katie was faculty at Iowa State, worked as a Clinical Dietitian, personal trainer, and a member of the annual Health and Fitness Summit Planning Committee for the American College of Sports Medicine. Katie and her husband have three daughters, including identical twins, and enjoy traveling, boating, and being active outdoors.


Courses Taught

SPSC 107 General Nutrition

SPSC 110 Introduction to Health Careers

SPSC 278 Essentials of Clinical Conditions

SPSC 341 Exercise Testing & Prescription

SPSC 372 Research Methods

SPSC 390 Professional Development in Exercise Science



­­­­­­2019                                          Student Support Services Faculty of the Year

­­­­­­2014                                          Iowa State University Research Excellence Award

2014                                          Iowa State University Graduate Student Senate Peer Research Award

2013                                          Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Commission on Dietetic Registration      Doctoral Award Recipient

2012                                          Midwest American College of Sports Medicine Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year



Ph.D., Interdisciplinary Nutritional Sciences, Iowa State University
B.A., Athletic Training, Simpson College

Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration

Certified Exercise Physiologist, American College of Sports Medicine



*Indicates research published with Simpson College students    

Dobias J*, Ebel N*, Sauck R*, Smith K. A new approach to weight management counseling: Metabolic Factor in multiple populations. Medical Research Archives. 2018;6(7). *Published with Simpson College Senior Capstone Research Students


Smith KM, Ziel E. Special Populations: Training the Pregnant Client. Strength Cond J. 2017; 39(4):49-54. doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000316


Ziel E, Smith KM. One-On-One: Guidelines and Practical Tips for Training the Prenatal Client. Strength Cond J. 2017; 39(4):55-63. doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000320


Smith KM, Lanningham-Foster L, Welch AS, Campbell CG. Web-based behavioral intervention increases maternal exercise but does not prevent excessive gestational weight gain in previously sedentary women. J Phys Act Health. 2016; 13(6):587-93. doi: 10.1123/jpah.2015-0219


Di Fabio DR, Blomme CK, Smith KM, Welk GJ, Campbell CG. Adherence to physical activity guidelines in mid-pregnancy does not reduce sedentary time: an observational study. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2015; 12(1):27. doi: 10.1186/s12966-015-0191-7


Smith KM, Campbell CG. Physical activity during pregnancy: Impact of applying different physical activity guidelines. J Pregnancy. 2013; 165617. doi: 10.1155/2013/165617


Smith KM, Lanningham-Foster L, Welk GJ, Campbell CG. Validity of the SenseWear® armband to predict energy expenditure in pregnant women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012; 44:2001-8. doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e31825ce76f


Campbell CG, Foster R, Lanningham-Foster L, Smith KM. The modified obstetric metabolic equivalent: Finding a MET that fits in pregnancy. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2012; 3:159-65. doi:10.1017/S2040174412000025


Smith KM, Foster R, Campbell CG. Accuracy of physical activity assessment during pregnancy: an observational study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2011; 11:86. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-11-86



*Indicates research conducted with Simpson College students    

*Litterer A, Smith KM. A Place at the Table for Intuitive Eating in HELLP Syndrome. International Maternal & Child Health Conference. Porto, Portugal. November 2019.


Smith KM, Stanforth D, Betz H. Educator’s Colloquium: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. ACSM Annual Meeting. Orlando, FL. May 2019.


*Comparison of Step Count During A Bout Of Pokémon Go vs Traditional Aerobic Exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2017;49(5S):914. ACSM Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, May/June 2017.


Nine Months to Shape our Future. ACSM Health Fitness Summit. Orlando, FL. April 2016.


How to Get the Most out of your Summit Experience – New Attendee Session. ACSM Health Fitness Summit. Atlanta, GA, Phoenix, AZ, and Orlando, FL. April 2014, 2015, 2016.


Oh the Places You’ll Go! Student and young-professional workshop. ACSM Health & Fitness Summit. Atlanta, GA and Phoenix, AZ, April 2014, 2015.


Efficacy of a web-based program to increase physical activity in previously sedentary/low-active pregnant women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014;46(5S):722-724. ACSM Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2014.


A qualitative analysis of responses from pregnant women regarding the design of physical activity interventions. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2014;46(5S):722-724. doi: 10.1249/01.mss.0000451257.95315.45. ACSM Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2014.


Student Colloquium: Jump Starting Your Career. ACSM Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, May 2014.

Prevalence of physical activity during pregnancy using multiple physical activity guidelines. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2013;45(5S). ACSM Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, May 2013.


Use of a behaviourally-based website to promote physical activity and reduce excessive gestational weight gain in previously inactive pregnant women. International Association for the Study of Obesity sponsored Obesity & Pregnancy Hot Topic Conference, Boston, MA, May 2013.


Physical Activity Assessment during Pregnancy using the Sensewear Mini Armband. Exercise & Pregnancy Laboratory, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario. January 2013.


Comparison of two BodyMedia algorithms for estimating energy expenditure during mid-pregnancy. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2012;44(5S2). American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 2012.


Accuracy of Compendium of Physical Activities- prediction of energy expenditure in pregnant women. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2011; 43:601.  ACSM Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, June 2011.