Alison D. Gernand, PhD, MPH, RD

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Assistant Professor

Contact Information

110 Chandlee Lab
University Park PA 16802


(fax) 814-863-6103


PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011
MPH, University of Texas School of Public Health at Houston, 2003

Research Interests

  • Micronutrient deficiencies
  • Pregnancy
  • Fetal and placental growth
  • Child growth

Selected Publications

Gernand AD, Bodnar LM, Klebanoff MA, Parks WT, Simhan HN. Maternal 25-hydroxyvitamin D, placental vascular pathology, and birth weight in a multicenter US cohort. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2013 Aug;98(2):383-388. PMID: 23803889.

Gernand AD, Simhan HN, Klebanoff MA, Bodnar LM. Maternal serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and measures of newborn and placental weight in a U.S. multicenter cohort study. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2013 Jan;98(1):398-404. PMID:23162094.

Gernand AD, Christian P, Paul RR, Shaikh S, Labrique AB, Schulze KJ, Shamim AA, West KP Jr. Maternal Weight and Body Composition during Pregnancy Are Associated with Placental and Birth Weight in Rural Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition. 2012 Nov;142(11):2010-6. PMID: 22990469.

Gernand AD, Christian P, Schulze KJ, Shaikh S, Labrique AB, Shamim AA, West KP Jr. Maternal nutritional status in early pregnancy is associated with body water and plasma volume changes in a pregnancy cohort in rural Bangladesh. Journal of Nutrition. 2012 Jun;142(6):1109-15. PMID: 22535759.

Sharma SV, Gernand AD, Day RS. Nutrition knowledge predicts eating behavior of all food groups except fruits and vegetables among adults in the Paso del Norte region: Qué Sabrosa Vida. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2008 Nov-Dec; 40(6):361-8. PMID: 18984492.

Courses Taught

NUTR 456 Community Nutrition