Katy Harris, MSPH, CSCS, NS
- Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
- Nutrition Specialist, American Academy of Dietitians & Sports Nutritionists
- Certified Olympic Lifting Coach
- BA Psychology, with Honors, 2002, UNC-Chapel Hill
- Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), 2011, UNC-Chapel Hill
Education & Credentials
BA Psychology, with Honors, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Katy graduated with honors from UC Chapel Hill in 2002 with a major in psychology and minors in biology, cognitive science, and philosophy. As part of her honors project and research assistant position following graduation, Katy worked under top researchers and neurosurgeons in the country, including Dr. Allan Friedman, MD and Dr. John Sampson, MD, PhD, MBA at the Duke University Brain Imaging and Analysis Center.
Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Health Policy and Management
This multidisciplinary graduate program enables students to gain hands on experience with research and data analysis techniques allowing health care professionals, managers of hospitals, and high-level health management to improve all aspects of the health care system. Katy’s master’s project determined best practices for after-school programs in Watauga County (Boone area, North Carolina) for preventing childhood obesity.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) (2007), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
This certification through the NSCA is the only qualifying certification for coaches in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and requires both a four year undergraduate degree and an extensive certification exam. A strength coach is similar to a personal trainer, but they are also required to consider the needs of an entire team of athletes, including the physiological, mental, and physical demands of sport. Training materials include nutritional and workout program development options for assisting athletes in realizing their full potential.
Nutrition Specialist (NS) (2012), American Academy of Sports Dietitians and Nutritionists (AASDN)
Since being certified via the AASDN Nutrition Specialist Program, Katy has worked to improve client/patient success by adding nutrition services to her existing wellness program. She has access to on-line documents developed by AASDN licensed sports professionals, including legal and educational documents, menu plans, individual scripted programs, and both group and youth programs. She also has access to unlimited support by an AASDN Sports Dietitian to assist her in addressing client-specific needs.
Olympic Lifting Certification (2015), USA Weightlifting
This certification provides coaches with knowledge of Olympic lifting techniques to apply to both competition and sport performance. These motions, including variations of squats, presses, pulls, deadlifts, power jerk, hang cleans, and abdominal training, are the most used exercises in all sports to improve balance, reaction time, total body control, strength, power, and general athleticism.
Background & Experience
Katy discovered her passion for wellness and preventive health early in her career. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with honors in Psychology in 2002, Katy worked as a research assistant at the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center until 2005, coordinating research projects for brain tumor patients and normal subjects. At Duke, Katy was exposed to an extensive body of research showing both mental and physical health improvements with exercise. Motivated to put research into practice, she began an internship at Empower Personal Training in 2005. Katy completed her certification in personal training, built a full schedule of clients, and received the Employee of the Year award in 2006.
The rise of the obesity epidemic and exposure to the complexities of the healthcare system motivated Katy to begin graduate school at the UNC Gillings School of Public Health, Department of Health Policy and Management, in 2009. While still a student, Katy developed the WellLife Employee Wellness Program, a 12-week program for employee health education in a group setting. After graduation in 2011, she worked as a Medical Weight Loss Consultant at Sona Medspa, the largest medical spa in the nation. When the Medical Weight Loss program ended in 2014, Katy established WellLife Consulting, LLC and now provides wellness, weight loss, and workout plans for individuals, athletes and corporate groups. She is currently certified as a Nutrition Specialist (NS) through the American Academy of Dieticians and Sports Nutritionists, a Strength Coach for Athletes (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and an Olympic Lifting Coach through USA Weightlifting.
She is currently the strength coach for three Triangle Youth Club Championship teams (YCC), for U20 boys B team, U20 girls, and U17 boys. She also has a partnership with the Raleigh Flyers and runs pre-game youth clinics, as well as nutrition and performance training for players. She also was the strength coach for Duke Brimstone in 2016-17, who made regionals and broke seed this year, as well as the Club Open Team, Turbine, sectionals champs 2016. She also writes the quarterly nutrition column for the national USAU organization, coaches both a middle school and a high school ultimate Frisbee team, volunteers as girls’ state Youth Outreach Coordinator, and serves on the U19 athlete development committee.
In her free time Katy enjoys singing and playing guitar, reading, hiking, fooseball, and pool.
- WellLife is the Preferred Wellness Provider for the Eldercare program of the North Carolina Coastal Federal Credit Union, St. Albans branch in Raleigh
- Katy is currently serving on the on the Under 19 USA Ultimate Olympic certification committee
- Katy is currently the North Carolina Girls’ State Youth Outreach Coordinator
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