Maternal, Infant, and Child Nutrition
Maternal, infant, and child nutrition includes the study and promotion of biological,
intrapersonal, interpersonal, institutional, and policy level influences on nutrition
wellbeing for mothers, infants, children, and their families across the lifespan.
Current Novel Research Efforts
Potential benefits and harms of the school-based backpack program in response to child
How low food security in the United States is predicted by complex patterns of health,
economics and service participation.
Househould food insecurity and lifetime racial discrimmination among African-American
households in South Carolina.
Improving the growth, development, feeding care, and survival of infants and young
Understanding the processes underlying the increased long-term heart disease risk
in women who have certain complications in pregnancy, such as preterm birth, high
blood pressure in pregnancy, and preeclampsia.
Perinatal epidemiology, obesity, and physical activity in morthers and children.
Associated Research Affiliates
Blake, Christine, Ph.D., RD
Fram, Maryah, Ph.D., MSW
Frongillo, Edward, Ph.D.
Lane-Cordova, Abbi, Ph.D.
Larson, Leila, Ph.D.
Liu, Jihong, Sc.D.
Torres, Mariam Elsa, Ph.D.
Wilcox, Sara, Ph.D.
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Frongillo EA, Nguyen PH, Moore S, Arabi M. Associations of maternal resources with care behaviors differ by type of resource
and care behavior. Maternal & Child Nutrition e12977, doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12977, 2020.
Frongillo EA, Nguyen PH, Moore S, Arabi M. Maternal resources for care are associated with child growth and early childhood development
in Bangladesh and Vietnam. Child Care Health Dev. 2021;10.1111/cch.12911. doi:10.1111/cch.12911
Turner-McGrievy GM, Eberth JM, Wilcox S, Liu J, Kaczynski AT. (2021). Healthy Food Density is Not Associated With Diet Quality Among Pregnant Women With
Overweight/Obesity in South Carolina. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 53(2), 120-129.
Turner-Mcgrievy GM, Wilcox S, Liu J, Eberth JM, Kaczynski AT. Associations of maternal stress and/or depressive symptoms with diet quality during
pregnancy: a narrative review. Nutrition Reviews. November 2020.
, Turner-McGrievy GM, Wilcox S, Liu J, Eberth JM, Kaczynski AT. Stress and Depressive Symptoms Are Not Associated with Overall Diet Quality, But Are
Associated with Aspects of Diet Quality in Pregnant Women in South Carolina. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2021;S2212-2672(21)00147-7. doi:10.1016/j.jand.2021.02.025
Chen L-W, Aubert A, Bernard JY, Cooper C, Duijts L, Geraghty AA, Harvey NC,
Hebert JR, et al. Maternal dietary quality, inflammatory potential and offspring adiposity throughout
childhood: a pooled analysis of 7 European cohorts (ALPHABET consortium). Proceedings of the Nutrition Society. 2020;79(OCE2). doi:10.1017/s0029665120001032.
Cook J, Caudell C, Cai B,
Lane-Cordova AD, Lenard M, Beste M, Montaguefarwell E. Perception of body mass index and health issues related to overweight/obesity in an
outpatient women’s clinic. Women & Health. Published online November 1, 2020:1-7. doi:10.1080/03630242.2020.1831684.
Frongillo EA. Designing and implementing at-scale programs to improve complementary feeding. Nutrition Reviews 78(S2):62-70, 2020.
Griend KMVD, Billings DL,
Frongillo EA, Messias DKH, Crockett AH, Covington-Kolb S. Core strategies, social processes, and contextual influences of early phases of implementation
and statewide scale-up of group prenatal care in South Carolina. Evaluation and Program Planning. 2020;79:101760. doi:10.1016/j.evalprogplan.2019.101760.
Kim SS, Nguyen PH, Tran LM, Alayon S, Menon P,
Frongillo EA. Different Combinations of Behavior Change Interventions and Frequencies of Interpersonal
Contacts Are Associated with Infant and Young Child Feeding Practices in Bangladesh,
Ethiopia, and Vietnam. Current Developments in Nutrition. 2019;4(2). doi:10.1093/cdn/nzz140.
Frongillo EA, Cunningham K, Moore S, Blake CE. Gendered Intrahousehold Bargaining Power is Associated with Child Nutritional Status
in Nepal. J Nutr. 2021;nxaa399. doi:10.1093/jn/nxaa399
Liu J, Wilcox S, Wingard E, Burgis J, Schneider L, Dahl A. Strategies and Challenges in Recruiting Pregnant Women with Elevated Body Mass Index
for a Behavioral Lifestyle Intervention. Women’s Health Reports. 2020. doi: 10.1089/whr.2020.0089.
Liu J, Wilcox S, Wingard E , Turner ‐ McGrievy G, Hutto B, Burgis J. (2021). A Behavioral Lifestyle Intervention to Limit Gestational Weight Gain in Pregnant Women
with Overweight and Obesity. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.23119.
McDonald SM, Yeo S,
Liu J, Wilcox S, Sui X, Pate RR. Association between change in maternal physical activity during pregnancy and infant
size, in a sample overweight or obese women. Women Health. 2020;1-10. doi:10.1080/03630242.2020.1779904.
Merchant AT, Liu J, Reynolds MA, Beck JD, Zhang J. Quantile regression to estimate the survivor average causal effect (SACE) of periodontal
treatment effects on birthweight and gestational age. Journal of Periodontology. Published online November 5, 2020. doi:10.1002/jper.20-0376
Nguyen TT, Darnell A, Weissman A, Cashin J, Withers M, Mathisen R, Lapping K, Mastro
Frongillo EA. National nutrition strategies that focus on maternal, infant, and young child nutrition
in Southeast Asia do not consistently align with regional and international recommendations. Maternal & Child Nutrition e12937, doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12937, 2020.
Frongillo EA, Kim SS, Zongrone AA, Jilani A, Tran LM, Sanghvi T, Menon P. Information diffusion and social norms are associated with infant and young child
feeding practices in Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxz167, 2019
Nguyen T, Hajeebhoy N, Li J, Do CT, Mathisen R,
Frongillo EA. Community support model on breastfeeding and complementary feeding practices in remote
areas in Vietnam: implementation, cost, and effectiveness. International Journal for Equity in Health 20:121, 2021. doi.org/10.1186/s12939-021-01451-0
Nguyen PH, Kachwaha S, Pant A, Tran LM, Avula R, Young MF, Ghosh S, Sharma PK, Escobar-Alegria
J, Forissier T, Patil S,
Frongillo EA, Menon P. Strengthening nutrition interventions in antenatal care services affects dietary intake,
micronutrient intake, gestational weight gain, and breastfeeding in Uttar Pradesh,
India: Results of a cluster-randomized program evaluation. Journal of Nutritionorg/10.1093/jn/nxab131, 2021.
Nguyen PH, Kim SS, Tran LM, Menon P,
Frongillo EA. Early breastfeeding practices contribute to increased exclusive breastfeeding in Bangladesh,
Vietnam, and Ethiopia. Maternal & Child Nutrition. doi.org/10.1111/mcn.13012, 2020.
Reyes LI, Frongillo EA, Moore S, Blake CE, Gonzalez W, Bonvecchio A. Functions of social networks in maternal food choice for children in Mexico. Maternal & Child Nutrition. e13263, 2021. doi.org/10.1111/mcn.13263
Tinago CB, Annang Ingram L,
Frongillo EA, Simmons D, Blake CE, Engelsmann B. Understanding the social environmental influences on pregnancy and planning for pregnancy
for young women in Harare, Zimbabwe. Maternal and Child Health Journal doi.org/10.1007/s10995-019-02814-4, 2019.
Wende ME, Liu J, Mclain AC, Wilcox S. Gestational weight gain disparities in South Carolina: Temporal trends, 2004‐2015. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2020. doi:10.1111/ppe.12706
Whitaker KM, Baruth M, Schlaff RA, Connolly CP,
Liu J, Wilcox S. Association of provider advice and gestational weight gain in twin pregnancies: a
cross-sectional electronic survey. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth. 2020;20(1). doi:10.1186/s12884-020-03107-3
Whitaker KM, Becker C, Healy H,
Wilcox S, Liu J. Womens Report of Health Care Provider Advice and Gestational Weight Gain: A Systematic
Review. Journal of Women's Health. 2020. doi:10.1089/jwh.2019.8223.
Young MF, Mehta RV, Gosdin L, Kekre P, Verma P,
Larson LM, Girard AW, et. al. Home Fortification of Complementary Foods Reduces Anemia and Diarrhea among Children
Aged 6–18 Months in Bihar, India: A Large-Scale Effectiveness Trial. The Journal of Nutrition, 2021, nxab065, https://doi.org/10.1093/jn/nxab065.
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