Keryn Pasch

Keryn Pasch

Associate Professor

Health Behavior & Health Education


Office & Hours

Office: BEL 514
By appointment



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Courses of Instruction
HED 395 Social Determinants of Health
HED 370K Foundations of Health Promotion I
HED 343 Foundations of Epidemiology

Mailing Address
The University of Texas at Austin
Department of Kinesiology and Health Education
2109 San Jacinto Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78712-1415
UT Mail Code: D3700

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Keryn E. Pasch, M.P.H., Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education at the University of Texas, Austin. She received her Ph.D. in Epidemiology with a minor in Interpersonal Relationships Research from Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota and her Master's in Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the School of Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Pasch was also a National Cancer Institute Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Michael and Susan Dell Center for the Advancement of Health Living at the Austin Regional Campus of the University of Texas School of Public Health. Her research program focuses on the influence of media on youth risk behaviors as well as the factors that may alter the influence of advertising. Her research also focuses on how risk behaviors, including substance use, obesity-related behaviors, sleep, and energy drink consumption, may co-occur among youth and developing preventive interventions to address these behaviors.




2007 Ph.D. Behavioral Epidemiology, University of Minnesota Twin Cities Minneapolis MN 

2003 MPH Health Behavior and Health Education, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill NC 


Representative Publications

Pasch, K. E., Latimer, L. A., Cance, J. D., Moe, S. G., Lytle, L. A. (2012). Longitudinal bi-directional relationships between sleep and youth substance use. Journal of Youth and Adolescence.  41(9): 1184-1196. PMCID: In process

Velazquez, C. E., Poulos, N. S., Latimer, L., Pasch, K. E.*  (2012). Energy drink consumption and alcohol use behaviors among college age youth. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. June;123(1-3): 167-172.

Pasch, K. E., Komro, K. A., Perry, C. L., Hearst, M. O., Farbakhsh, K. (2009). Does outdoor alcohol advertising around elementary schools vary by the ethnicity of students in the school? Ethnicity & Health, 14(2): 225-236 PMCID: PMC2658768

Pasch, K. E., Nelson, M. C., Lytle, L. A., Moe, S. G., Perry, C. L. (2008). The adoption of risk-related factors through early adolescence: Associations with weight status and implications for causal mechanisms. Journal of Adolescent Health, 43(4):387-93 PMCID: PMC2577596

Pasch, K. E., Komro, K. A., Perry, C. L., Hearst, M. O., Farbakhsh, K. (2007). Outdoor alcohol advertising near schools: Where is it located, what does it advertise and how is it related to intentions and use among young adolescents? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 68(4): 587-596.

*corresponding author

Recent Awards

  • Society for Teaching Excellence, University of Texas at Austin: Sept 2011-present
  • University of Bristol Institute of Advanced Studies Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship: April 2011

Current Research Projects and Grants

Pasch, K.E. (PI of subcontract). Children’s Exposure to Fast-Food Advertising: New Evidence on Attention and Content through Eye-tracking. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Healthy Eating Research ($169,364). 12/1/12 – 5/31/14

Pasch, K.E. (PI).Unhealthy food and beverage advertising around schools.  National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute R03 ($141,826). 3/1/11 – 2/28/13. 

Pasch, K. E. (PI).The Influence of Media on Adolescent Alcohol Use and Obesity-Related Behaviors and the Co-Occurrence of Youth Risk Behaviors. National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program, National Institute on Drug Abuse, ($6,815) 7/1/12 – 6/30/13.

Loukas, A. (PI), Pasch, K. E. (Co-I). Feasibility of a Web-Based Smoking Cessation Program for Vocational Students. National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute R21 ($372,100). 4/1/11 – 3/31/13.

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • American Public Health Association
  • International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
  • Society for Prevention Research