Anna Maria Siega-Riz

UMass Amherst SPHHS Dean Anna Maria Siega-Riz
Dean and Professor
109 Arnold House


BS, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1982; MS, The University of North Carolina in Greensboro, 1983; PhD, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1993

Area(s) of Specialization: 

Reproductive and Perinatal Epidemiology, Maternal and Child Nutrition

Research Description: 

Dr. Siega-Riz’s research focuses on the first 1000 days of life by understanding the influence of maternal weight status and dietary patterns/behaviors in the etiology of adverse pregnancy outcomes, including but not limited to, gestational diabetes, pregnancy induced hypertension, pre-eclampsia, preterm birth and inadequate or excessive gestational weight gain.  She is also exploring food reward and sensitivity among pregnant women and early determinants of childhood obesity in the Pregnancy Eating Attributes (PEAS) study funded by NICHD with colleagues at the University of North Carolina ( and the association of maternal preconceptional health with childhood eating and weight status among Hispanics in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL funded by NIDDK.  Other research interests include examining the determinants and consequences of food insecurity and the implications of food policy on health outcomes.

Publication List: 

PubMed Search Link

Key Publications: 

Raghavan R, Dreibelbis C, Kingshipp BL, Wong YP, Abrams B, Gernand AD, Rasmussen KM, Siega-Riz AM, Stang J, Casavale KO, Spahn JM, Stoody EE. Dietary patterns before and during pregnancy and birth outcomes: a systematic review. Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 Mar 1;109(Supplement_7):729S-756S. doi: 10.1093/ajcn/nqy353. PMID: 30982873

Miles G, Siega-Riz AM. Trends in Food and Beverage Consumption Among Infants and Toddlers: 2005-2012. Pediatrics. 2017 May 1. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28562265

Pace ND, Desrosiers TA, Carmichael SL, Shaw GM, Olshan AF, Siega-Riz AM. Antioxidant Consumption is Associated with Decreased Odds of Congenital Limb Deficiencies. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2017 Sep 4. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:28869773

Martin CL, Siega-Riz AM, Sotres-Alvarez D, Robinson WR, Daniels JL, Perrin EM, Stuebe AM. Maternal Dietary Patterns during Pregnancy Are Associated with Child Growth in the First 3 Years of Life. J Nutr. 2016 Nov;146 (11):2281-2288. PMID: 27683873

Siega-Riz AM, Sotres-Alvarez D, Ayala GX, Ginsberg M, Himes JH, Liu K, Loria CM, Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Rock CL, Rodriguez B, Gellman MD, Van Horn L. Food-group and nutrient-density intakes by Hispanic and Latino backgrounds in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Am J Clin Nutr. 2014; 99(6):1487-1498.