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Lisa Chasan-Taber

Professor

Reproductive epidemiologist and an internationally recognized expert on physical activity during pregnancy. She has spent the past 15 years actively leading national research teams in the conduct of lifestyle interventions among high-risk, ethnically diverse pregnant women.

Her research focuses on the impact of prenatal exposures on gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, gestational weight gain, low birth weight, preterm birth. She also conducts research on the 'Fetal Origins Hypothesis,' which proposes that coronary heart disease and diabetes may be developmentally programmed early in life in response to the food the mother eats, the exercise she gets, and the stress she experiences both during and prior to pregnancy. Such healthy lifestyle modifications during pregnancy show promising potential to protect both women and their offspring against subsequent obesity and type 2 (adult onset) diabetes.

Learn more at: people.umass.edu/lisact/

Academic Background

  • University of Pennsylvania B.A. 1987
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst M.P.H. 1990
  • Harvard University Sc.D. 1995
Chasan-Taber, L., Marcus, B. H., Milagros, R. C., Tucker, K. L., Hartman, S. J., Pekow, P., Braun, B., Moore Simas, T. A., Solomon, C. G., Manson, J. E., & Markenson, G. (2014). Estudio Parto: Postpartum diabetes prevention program for Hispanic women with abnormal glucose tolerance in pregnancy: A randomized controlled trial-study protocol. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 14(1), 100. doi:10.1186/1471-2393-14-100.
Hawkins, M., Chasan-Taber, L., Marcus, B. H., Stanek, E., Braun, B., Ciccolo, J. & Markenson, G. (2014). The impact of an exercise intervention on physical activity during pregnancy: The Behaviors Affecting Baby and You (B.A.B.Y.) Study. American Journal of Public Health, 104(10), 74-81.
Chasan-Taber L. Lifestyle Interventions to Reduce Risk of Diabetes among Women with Prior Gestational Diabetes [Review]. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2015 Jan;29(1):110-22. PMID:25220104
Nobles C, Marcus BH, Stanek E, Braun B, Whitcomb B, Solomon CG, Manson J, Markenson G, Chasan-Taber L. Effect of an Exercise Intervention on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Obstet Gynecol 2015 May;125(5):1195-204.
Lindsey M. Russo LM, Carrie Nobles, Karen A. Ertel, Lisa Chasan-Taber, Brian W. Whitcomb. Physical Activity Interventions in Pregnancy and Risk of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Mar;125(3):576-82. PMID: 25730218
 
Contact Info

Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology
405 Arnold House
School of Public Health and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts
715 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9304

(413) 545-1664
lct@schoolph.umass.edu

people.umass.edu/lisact/