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Center for Human Nutrition


Laura Caulfield

Academic Degrees
PhD, Cornell University, 1989
Departmental Affiliation
International Health
Human Nutrition
Departmental Address
615 North Wolfe St., W2041
Baltimore, MD 21205
Phone: 410-955-2786
Fax: 410-955-0196
Research and Professional Experience

My research interests are in the area of maternal and infant nutrition and health.

Specific interests include:

1. epidemiology of poor pregnancy outcomes (e.g., miscarriage, low birth weight, preterm delivery, complications of labor and delivery), especially the role of maternal and fetal nutritional status in influencing parturition; 2. identification and evaluation of indicators of high-risk mothers and newborns; 3. short- and long-term consequences of poor prenatal and postnatal growth and development; breastfeeding and complementary feeding; 4. evaluation of nutrition interventions; 5. nutrition and health surveillance/information systems.


  • International Health
  • Pregnancy
  • perinatal and neonatal disorders
  • nutritional epidemiology

Honors and Awards

2000 The Avanelle Kirksey Lectureship, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. 1993 Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD. 1987 Doctoral Traineeship, Cornell University - NIH Maternal and Child Nutrition Training Grant, Ithaca, NY. 1986 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. 1985 Cornell University Latin American Studies Summer Fellowship Program for Pre-Doctoral Research at Centro Rosarino de Estudios Perinatales, Rosario, Argentina. 1984 Cornell University Center for International Studies Travel Grant. Cornell University Division of Nutritional Sciences Small Grant (2 awards). 1983 Grace Steininger Fellowship, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 1982 General Mills Fellowship, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Selected Publications

Go directly to Dr. Caulfield's publications at PubMed

2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998


  • Caulfield LE, de Onis M, Blössner M, and Black RE. Undernutrition as an underlying cause of child deaths associated with diarrhea, pneumonia, malaria and measles, Am J Clin Nutr. 2004 Jul;80(1):193-8.


  • Merialdi M, Caulfield LE, Zavaleta N, Figueroa A, Dominici F, Dipietro ...