Catherine received her doctorate in Public Health Epidemiology. Her researched focused on the social and economic predictors of pediatric metabolic syndrome. She began her career at the Florida Department of Health in 2007. During her time there, she served as a program specialist for the Diabetes Prevention and Control Program where she planned, implemented, and evaluated population-based interventions for the prevention of type 2 diabetes. She served as a state advisor for the National Diabetes Education Program, and was the project director for Red Road to Health, a cultural adaptation of the NDEP diabetes prevention toolkit, for American Indian/Alaskan Native populations.
In 2012, Catherine was appointed Director for Healthiest Weight Florida, a public-private collaboration bringing together state agencies, not for profit organizations, businesses, and communities to help Floridians make choices about healthy eating and active living.
Catherine is an adjunct faculty member for the Master’s Public Health Program & Department of Geography at the Florida State University where she teaches graduate and undergraduate Medical Geography. She is also active in her community, where she serves as a board member for Florida Student Astronaut Challenge, a STEM program promoting learning in science and technology for middle and high school students.