Katie Coakley is an Assistant Professor in the College of Population Health at the University of New Mexico and a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN). Katie has over 10 years of clinical and research experience in food and nutrition security, behavioral health and substance misuse, and rare disorders. She is passionate about addressing health inequities in the state of New Mexico through research, teaching and action.

Areas of Specialty

  • Nutrition, food and nutrition security, behavioral health


  • Undergrad: Case Western Reserve University, BS in Nutrition and minor in psychology
  • Graduate: Case Western Reserve University, MS in Nutrition and Dietetic Internship
  • Graduate: Emory University, PhD in Nutrition and Health Sciences and Molecules to Mankind Fellowship


  • Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN)
  • Licensed Dietitian (LD)

Achievements & Awards

  • Outstanding Dietetics Educator, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD), West Central Region, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors (NDEP), 2022
  • Nutrition Security Strategic Advancement Group Appointee, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2022
  • Emerging Dietetic Leader Award, New Mexico Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2018

Key Publications

  • Coakley KE, Cargas S, Walsh-Dilley M, Mechler H. Basic needs insecurities are associated with anxiety, depression, and poor health among university students. Journal of Community Health. 2022;47(3):454-463.
  • Rogus S, Coakley KE, Martin S, Gonzales-Pacheco D, Sroka C. Food security, access, and challenges in New Mexico during COVID-19. Current Developments in Nutrition. 2022;6(1).
  • Lardier DL, Zuhl MN, Holladay KR, Amorim FT, Heggenberger R, Coakley KE. A Latent Class Analysis of Mental Health Severity and Alcohol Consumption: Associations with COVID-19-Related Quarantining, Isolation, Suicidal Ideations, and Physical Activity. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction. 2022;1-24.
  • Coakley KE, Le H, Silva SR, Wilks A. Anxiety is associated with appetitive traits in university students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nutrition Journal. 2021;20(45).


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Courses Taught

PH 310: Population Health Research Methods