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Sarah Gonzalez-Nahm, PhD

  • Assistant Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe St., W3041
Baltimore, Maryland 21205

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PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2016
MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
BS, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004


My research focuses on the in utero and early origins of health and disease, with a focus on obesity prevention and health equity. I am also interested in the structural determinants of health, and how systems can be modified to improve health.

  • Obesity prevention
  • maternal and child nutrition
  • health equity
  • structural determinants of health

Some recent publications

  • Gonzalez-Nahm S, Grossman ER, Benjamin-Neelon SE. The role of equity in state breastfeeding policy. JAMA Pediatrics. 2019; Epub ahead of print.
  • Gonzalez-Nahm SN, Mendez MA, Benjamin Neelon SE, Murphy SK, Hogan VK, Rowley DL, Hoyo C. DNA methylation of imprinted genes at birth is associated with child weight status at 1 and 3 years of age. Clinical Epigenetics. 2018; 10:90.
  • Hogan VK, Araujo EM, Gonzalez-Nahm SN, Black KZ, Caldwell K. “We Black Women Have to Kill a Lion Everyday": Toward an Intersectional Analysis of Racism and Social Determinants of Health in Brazil. Social Science and Medicine. 2018; 199:96-105.
  • Gonzalez-Nahm S, Grossman ER, Frost N, Benjamin-Neelon SE. Early Feeding in Child Care: Are State Regulations Supporting Breastfeeding? Preventive Medicine 2017; 105:232-236.
  • Analysis of baby friendly hospitals: Assessing coverage among vulnerable communities