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Center for Human Nutrition


Maureen Black

Academic Degrees
M.A., University of Southern California, 1973, Ph.D. Emory University, 1978
Departmental Affiliation
International Health
Departmental Address
737 W. Lombard Street, Room 161
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-2136
Fax: 410-706-5090
Research and Professional Experience

Evaluation of nutrition and caregiving intervention programs on the health and development of young children.


  • International Health
  • Child Development
  • Micronutrient Supplementation
  • Malnutrition and Obesity
  • Adolescent Parenting

Honors and Awards

Inter-institutional Collaboration - Regent's Award, University of Maryland Kirksey Lectureship, Dept of Nutrition, Purdue University Past President, Division of Child, Youth and Family Services, American Psychological Association Past President, Society of Pediatric Psychology, American Psychological Association Fellow, American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society John A. Scholl Endowed Professor of Pediatrics Society of Pediatric Psychology, Logan Wright Research Award

Selected Publications

Ackerman JP, Riggins T, Black, M.M. (2010). A review of the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure among school-age children.  Pediatrics, 125, 554-565.

Ramos-Marcus F, Oberlander S, Papas, M. McNary S, Hurley K, Black MM. (2010) Stability of maternal depressive symptoms among urban, low-income, African American adolescent mothers. Journal of Affective Disorders, 122, 68-75.

Hager E, McGill A, Black MM. (2010). Development and validation of a toddler silhouette scale. Obesity, 18, 397-401

Oberlander SE, Miller WR, Houston AM, Black MM. (2010) A seven-year investigation of marital expectations and marriage among low-income, urban, African American adolescent mothers. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 31-40.

Kiser L., Medoff D, Black MM, Nurse W, Fiese BF. (2010) Family mealtime Q-Sort: A measure of mealtime practices. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 92-96.

Dubowitz H, Pitts SC, Litrownik AJ, Villodas MT, Hussey JM, Thompson R, Black MM, Runyan D (in press). A youth self-report measure of neglect. Child Maltreatment. 

Kiser L., Medoff D, Black MM (2010). The role of family processes in childhood traumatic stress reactions for youths living in urban poverty. Traumatology. 16(2), 33-42.

Black MM Hager E, Le K, Anliker J, DiClemente C, Gittelsohn J, Magder L, Papas, M,  Snitker S, Treuth M, Wang Y. (2010). Challenge! Health promotion/obesity prevention mentorship model among urban, black adolescents. . Pediatrics. 126 (2), 280-288.

Hager E., Quigg A., Black MM, Coleman S, Heeren T,  Rose-Jacobs, R, Cook JT, Ettinger De Cuba SA, Casey PH, Chilton M, Cutts DB, Meyers AF, Frank D. (2010). Development and Validity of a Brief 2-Item Screen to Identify Families at Risk for Food Insecurity. Pediatrics. 126 (1), e26-e32.

Hurley, K. M., Black M. M (2010). Commercial baby food consumption and dietary variety in a statewide sample of WIC infants. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 110(10), 1537-1541

Jones, D.J., Runyan, D., Lewis, T., Litrownik, A., Black, M., Wiley, T., English, D., Proctor, L., Jones, B.L., & Nagin, D. (2010).  Trajectories of childhood sexual abuse and early adolescent HIV/AIDS risk behaviors: the role of other maltreatment, witnessed violence, and child gender.   Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 667-680. 

Frank, D.A., Casey, P.H., Black, M.M., Rose Jacobs, R., Chilton, M., Cutts, D., March, E., Heeren, T., Coleman, S., Ettinger de Cuba, S., Cook, J.T. (2010). Cumulative Hardship and Wellness in Low Income Young Children: A Multisite Surveillance Study. Pediatrics. 125: e1115-e1123.

DiGirolamo AM, Ramirez-Zea M, Wang M, Flores-Ayala R, Martorell R, Neufeld LM, Ramakrishnan U, Sellen D, Black MM, Stein AD. Randomized trial of the effect of zinc supplementation on the mental health of school-age children in Guatemala. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2010 Nov;92(5):1241-50.

Teti, D.M., Black, M.M., Viscardi, R., Glass, P., O’Connell, M.A., Baker, L., Cusson, R., Hess, C.R. (2009). Intervention with African American, premature infants: Four-month results of an early intervention program. Journal of Early Intervention, 31(2), 146-166.

Klassen AC, Smith KC, Black MM, Caulfield LE. (2009). Mixed method approaches to understanding cancer-related dietary risk reduction among public housing residents. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 86(4):624-640.

Black, M.M., Oberlander, S.E., Lewis, T, Knight, L.D., Zolotor, A.J., Litrownik, A.J., Thompson, R., Dubowitz, H., English, D. (2009). A prospective investigation of sexual intercourse among adolescents maltreated prior to age 12. Pediatrics, 124:941-949.

Black, M.M., Hurley KM, Oberlander S, Hager E, McGill A, Quigg A (2009). Participants’ comments on changes in the WIC food packages: The Maryland Food Preference Study. Journal of the American Dietetic Association.109(1):116-123.

Hurley, K.M., Oberlander, S.E., Merry, B.C., Wrobleski, M.M, Klassen, A.C., Black M.M. (2009). The Healthy Eating Index and Youth Healthy Eating Index are unique, nonredundant measures of diet quality among low-income, African American adolescents. Journal of Nutrition, 139, 359-364.

Oberlander, S.E., Black, M.M. Shebl, F., Magder, L. (2009). Adolescent mothers leaving multigenerational households. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38, 62-74.

Wachs, T., Black, M. M., Engle, P. (2009). Maternal Depression: A Global Threat to Children’s Health, Development and Behavior and to Human Rights. Child Development Perspectives, 3, 51-59.

Chilton, M., Black, M.M., Berkowitz, C., Casey, P.H., Cook, J.T., Cutts, D., Rose Jacobs, R., Heeren, T., Ettinger de Cuba, S., Meyers, A., Frank, D.A. (2009). Food insecurity and risk for poor health among US born children of immigrants. American Journal of Public Health, 99, 556-562.

Black, M.M. (2009). Micromineral deficiencies and child development. Nutrition Today.

Black, M.M., Ramakrishnan, U. (2009). Introduction to Special issue Maternal and Child Mental Health: Role of Nutrition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 89, 933S-934S.

Black, M.M., Baqui, A., Zaman, K, el Arifeen, S. & Black, R.E. (2009). Maternal depressive symptoms and infant growth in rural Bangladesh. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 89, 951S-957S.

2008 Black, M. M. (2008). Effects of B-12 and folate deficiency on brain development in children. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 29 (2); S126-S131.

Black, M.M., Walker, S. P., Wachs, T. D., Ulkuer, N., Meeks Gardner, J., Grantham McGregor, S., Lozoff, B., Engle, P. L., Cabral de Mello, M. Policies to reduce undernutrition include child development. Lancet, 2008; 371:454-455.

Black, M.M., & Lozoff, B. (2008). Nutrition and child development. In Haith, M. M., & Benson, J. B. (eds.). Encyclopedia of Infant and Child Development. Oxford, UK: Elsevier, Inc. Vol 2, pp. 449-459.

Black, M.M., & Ackerman, J. (2008). Nutrition and neuropsychological development. In C. Duggan, J. B. Watkins, W. A. Walker, (Eds.), Nutrition in Pediatrics, Fourth Edition. New York: BC Decker, pp. 273-282.

Black, M.M., Knolhoff, K., Hurley, K.M., & Dallavalle, M. (2008). WIC – University partnership: Promoting healthy food choices and growth among infants and toddlers. In Stanton, B., Galbraith, J., & Kaljee, L. (eds.). The uncharted path from clinic-based to community-based research. Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Candelaria, M., & Black, M.M. (2008). Stunted Growth. In Darity, W. A., Jr. (ed). International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. Detroit: McMillan Reference, Vol. 8, pp. 187-189.

Cook, J.T., Frank, D.A., Casey, P.H., Rose Jacobs, R., Black, M.M., Chilton, M., Ettinger de Cuba, S., Appugliese, D., Coleman, S., Heeren, T., Berkowitz, C., & Cutts, D. (2008). A brief indicator of household energy security: Associations with food security, child health, and child development in US infants and toddlers. Pediatrics, 122:e867-e875.

Dubowitz, H. & Black, M. M. (2008). Failure to thrive. BMJ Point-of-Care 2008;

Engle, P., & Black, M. M. (2008). The effect of poverty on child development and educational outcomes. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1136:243-256.

Hurley, K.M., Black, M.M., Papas, M.A., Quigg, A.M. (2008). Variation in breastfeeding behaviors and determinants by race/ethnicity among a low-income statewide sample of WIC participants. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 4; 95-105.

Hurley, K.M., Black, M.M., Papas, M.A., Caulfield, L.E. (2008). Maternal symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety are related to non-responsive feeding styles in a statewide sample of WIC participants. Journal of Nutrition. 138; 799-805.

Rose-Jacobs, R., Black, M.M, Casey, P.H.., Cook, J. T., Cutts, D. B., Chilton, M., Heeren, T., Levenson, S.M.., Meyers, A.F., Frank, D.A. (2008). Household food insecurity: Associations with at-risk infant and toddler development. Pediatrics, 121, 65-72.

Ackerman, J.P., Llorente, A.M., Black, M.M., Ackerman, C.S., Mayes, L.A., Nair, P. (2008). The effect of prenatal drug exposure and caregiving context on children’s performance on a task of sustained visual attention. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 19, 467-474.

Galbraith, J., Stanton, B., Beokeloo, B., King, W., Desmond, S., Howard, D., Black, M.M., Carey, J.W. (2008) Exploring implementation and fidelity of evidenced-based behavioral interventions for HIV prevention: Lessons learned from the “Focus on Kids” diffusion case study. Health Education and Behavior.

Nair, P., Black, M.M., Ackerman, J., Schuler, M.E., Keane, V. (2008). Children's cognitive-behavioral functioning at 6 and 7: Prenatal drug exposure and caregiving environment. Ambulatory Pediatrics, 8 (3); 154-162.

Commentary & Policy Report Candelaria M, Oberlander S, Black M. Housing and health. Baltimore Sun, October 24, 2008. Black M, Hager E, Merry B, Quigg A. Food Security: Ensuring the Health of Baltimore’s Babies.

2007 Black, M. M. & Young-Hyman, D. (2007). Introduction to the Special Issue: Pediatric Overweight. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 1-5.

Mitola, A.L., Papas, M.A., Li, K. Fusillo, L. & Black, M. M. (2007). Agreement with satisfaction in adolescent body image between female caregivers and teens from a low-income African American community Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31, 42-51.

Grantham-McGregor, S., Cheung, Y.B., Cueto, S., Glewwe, P., Richter, L., Strupp, B. International Child Development Steering Group (Grantham-McGregor, S., Engle, P.L., Black, M.M., Lozoff, B., Gardner, J.M., Wachs, T.D., Walker, S.P.). (2007). Over two hundred million children fail to reach their developmental potential in the first five years in developing countries. The Lancet, 369, 60-70,

Walker, S.P., Wachs, T.D., Gardner, J.M., Lozoff, B., Wasserman, G., Pollitt, E., Carter, J. International Child Development Steering Committee (Grantham-McGregor, S., Engle, P.L., Black, M.M., Lozoff, B., Gardner, J.M., Wachs, T.D., Walker, S.P.). (2007). Child development: Risk factors for adverse outcomes in developing countries. The Lancet, 369, 145-157.

Engle, P.L., Black, M.M., Behrman, J.R., Cabral de Mello, M., Gertler, P.J., Kapiriri, L, Martorell, R., Young, M.E. International Child Development Steering Committee (Grantham-McGregor, S., Black, M.M., Engle, P.L., Lozoff, B., Gardner, J.M., Wachs, T.D., Walker, S.P.). (2007). Strategies to avoid the loss of developmental potential among over 200 million children in the developing world. The Lancet, 369, 230-242.

Oberlander, S., Black, M.M., Starr, R. H. (2007). Mothers and grandmothers: A multigenerational approach to adolescent parenting. American Journal of Community Psychology, 39, 37-46.

Lozoff, B., Corapci, F., Burden, M.J., Kaciroti, N., Angulo-Barroso, R., Sazawal, S., Black, M. M. (2007). Preschool-Aged children with iron deficiency anemia show altered affect and behavior. Journal of Nutrition, 137, 683-689.

Snitker, S., Le, K. Y., Hager, E. R., Caballero, B., Black, M.M. (2007). Relation between physical activity and body composition on glucose homeostasis in a community sample of adolescents. Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 161, 677-683.

Black, M.M., Baqui, A., Zaman, K, McNary, S., Le, K., el Arifeen, S., Hamadani, J. Parveen, M, Yunus, M., & Black, R.E. (2007). Depressive symptoms among rural Bangladeshi mothers: Implications for infant development. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 48, 764-772.

Black, M.M., Dubowitz, H., Krishnakumar, A., Starr, R.H. ( 2007). Early intervention and recovery among children with failure-to-thrive: Follow-up at age 8. Pediatrics, 120, 59-69.

Lewis, T., Leeb, R., Kotch, J., Smith, J., Thompson, R., Pelaez-Merrick, M., Black, M.M., Briggs, E., Coyne-Beasley, T. (2007). Child maltreatment and weapon carrying. Child Maltreatment, 12(3):259-268.

Engle, P. Grantham-Mcgregor, S., Black, M.M., Walker, S., Wachs, T. (2007). How to avoid the loss of potential in over 200 million young children in the developing world. Child Health and Education, 1 (2), 68-87.

Neault, NB, Frank, DA, Merewood, A, Philipp, B, Levenson, S, Cook, JT, Meyers, AF, Casey, PH, Cutts, DB, Black, MM, Heeren, T, Berkowitz, C. (2007) Breastfeeding and health outcomes among citizen infants of immigrant mothers. Journal of the American Dietetic Association, 107, 2077-2086.

Rudan I, Gabson J, Kapiriri L, Lansang MA, Hyder AA, Lawn J, Darmstadt GL, Cousens S, Bhutta ZA, Brown HK, Hess SY, Black MM, Garnder JM, Webster J, Carneiro I, Chandramohan D, Kosek M, Lanata C, Tomlinson M, Chopra M, Ameratunga S, Campbell H, El Arifeen S, Black RE. (2007). Child Health and Nutrition Research Initiative: Setting priorities in global child health research investments: assessment of principles and practice. Croat Med J. 48(5):595-604.

Black, M. M. & Hurley, K. (2007). Helping children develop health eating habits. In Tremblay, R.E., Barr, R. G., & Peters, R. De V., Boivin, M.. eds. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Canadian Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development. 1-10. Available at:

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