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Center for Human Nutrition


Kristen Hurley

Assistant Professor
Academic Degrees
PhD (The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), MPH (Boston University), BS in Nutritional Science (California Polytechnic State University)
Departmental Affiliation
International Health
Human Nutrition
Departmental Address
615 N. Wolfe Street, E2516
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 410-955-7937
Fax: 410-955-0196
Research and Professional Experience

My research interests focus on the intersections between nutrition and early child development. My research has included examining the relations between: 1) maternal mental health and maternal and child nutritional status, 2) responsive feeding and child growth, and 3) maternal and child micronutrient status and child development. I am also interested in the development, efficacy, and scaling up of integrated interventions designed to improve children’s nutritional status and development

My goal is that this research will provide insights into the interdisciplinary mechanisms that influence children’s health and development, and ultimately their productivity and human capital. This information can be used to develop programs and policies that support maternal and child well-being across the lifespan.


maternal and child health and nutrition, child development, feeding behaviors, micronutrient deficiencies, obesity

Honors and Awards

Selected Publications

Hurley KM, Caulfield LE, Sacco LM, Kathleen CA, DiPietro, JA (2005). Psychosocial influences on dietary patterns during pregnancy. Journal of the American Dietetic Association.105:963-966

Hurley KM, Black MM, Papas MA, Quigg AM (2008). Variation in breastfeeding behaviors, perceptions, and experiences by race/ethnicity among a low-income statewide sample of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants in the United States. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 4:95-105.

Hurley KM, Black MM, Papas MA, Caulfield LE (2008). Maternal symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety are related to non-responsive feeding styles in a statewide sample of WIC participants. J Nutr.138:799-805.

Black MM, Hurley KM (2008). Helping children develop healthy eating habits. In: Tremblay RE, Barr RG, Peters RDeV, eds. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development; available at:

Black MM, Knolhoff K, Hurley KM, 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.

Black MM, Hurley KM, Oberlander SE, Hager ER, McGill AE, White NT, Quigg AM (2009). Participants’ Comments on Changes in the Revised WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) Food Packages:  The Maryland Food Preference Study. Journal of the American Dietetic Association. 109:116-23.

Hurley KM, Oberlander SE, Merry BC, Wrobleski MM, Klassen AC, Black MM (2009). The Healthy Eating Index and Youth Healthy Eating Index are unique, nonredundant measures of diet quality among low-income, African American adolescents. J Nutr. 139:359-364.

Papas MA, Hurley KM, Quigg AM, Oberlander SE, Black MM (2009). Low-income African American adolescent mothers and their toddlers exhibit similar dietary variety patterns. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 41: 87-94

Riley AW, Coiro MJ, Broitman M, Bandeen-Roche K, Robertson, JA, Hurley KM, Miranda J (2009). Parenting, family environment, and rater influences on functioning of low-income children of depressed mothers. Psychiatric Services. 60:329-336.

Ramos-Marcuse F, Oberlander SE, Papas MA, McNary SW, Hurley KM, Black MM (2010). Stability of maternal depressive symptoms among urban, low-income, African American adolescent mothers. Journal of Affective Disorders.122:68-7

Hurley KM & Black MM (2010). Commercial Baby Food Consumption and Dietary Variety in a Statewide Sample of WIC Infants. Journal of the American Dietetic Association.110:1537-41

Black MM & Hurley KM. Infant Nutrition (2010). In Bremner, J. & Wachs, T. (eds.). The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Infant Development, second edition. United Kingdom: A John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Publication.

Hurley KM, Cross MB, Hughes SO (2011). A systematic review of responsive feeding and child obesity in high-income countries. J Nutr. 141(3):495-501.

Hurley KM, Black MM (2011). Responsive Feeding: Promoting healthy growth and development for infants and toddlers. J Nutr. 141(3):489.

Buckingham-Howes S, Oberlander SE, Hurley KM, Fitzmaurice S, Black MM (2011). Trajectories of Adolescent Mother-Grandmother psychological conflict during early parenting and children’s problem behaviors at age 7. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol.40:445-55.

Surkan PJ, Kennedy CE, Hurley KM, Black MM (2011). Maternal depression and early childhood growth in developing countries: systematic review and meta-analysis. Bull World Health Organ. 89(8):608-615E.

Black MM, Quigg AM, Hurley KM, Pepper MR (2011). Iron deficiency and iron deficiency anemia in the first two years of life: strategies to prevent loss developmental potential. Nutr Rev. 68:S64-70.

Wang Y, Caulfield LE, Black MM (2012). Maternal perceptions of toddler body size: accuracy and satisfaction differ by toddler weight status. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2012;166:417-22

Hurley KM, Surkan PJ. Black MM (2012). Maternal depression and early childhood growth. A focus on the postnatal period. Growth and Growth Monitoring in Health and Disease. VR Preedy (Ed). NY: Springer, pp.2013-2046, 948-1-4419-1794-2.

Hurley KM, Black MM, Merry BC, Caulfield LE (2012). Maternal mental health and infant dietary patterns among Maryland WIC participants. Matern Child Nutr. 2012 Nov 20. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12004. [Epub ahead of print]


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