Professor (with tenure), Epidemiology
Vice-Chair of Research, Epidemiology
5129 Public Health, 130 DeSoto Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15261
Primary Phone: 967-179-4587
Web site: https://www.publichealth.pitt.edu/home/directory/lisa-m-bodnar
I am a nutritional and perinatal epidemiologist, and the goal of my research is to discover the healthiest weight and dietary patterns that promote the health of pregnant women and their children. Through a strong research portfolio of federal funding, I have contributed to scientific advances in our understanding of optimal weight gain recommendations during pregnancy, the reproductive consequences of maternal obesity and the role of vitamin D deficiency in adverse birth outcomes. I have contributed my experience to several national panels that set guidelines for nutrition during pregnancy, including the Institute of Medicine Committee to Reevaluate Pregnancy Weight Gain Guidelines and the US Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services Pregnancy Working Group that will provide evidence for the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. My research has been used in 9 reports of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, as well as key recommendations, practice guidelines or action statements from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the U.S. Preventive Task Force, the American Public Health Association and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, along with international agencies, including the WHO.
1998 | B.S.P.H. Summa Cum Laude with Highest Honors, Nutrition | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
1998 | Dietetic Internship | University of North Carolina Hospitals
1999 | M.P.H., Nutrition | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2002 | Ph.D., Nutrition; Epidemiology Minor | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2002-2004 | Postdoctoral Fellowship (reproductive biology) | Magee-Womens Research Institute and University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
EPIDEM 2921: Grant Writing, Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health. Primary Instructor.
Grant Support as Principal Investigator
2002 | Abraham Lilienfeld Student Prize. Society for Epidemiologic Research.
2003 | A. Hughes Bryan Outstanding Doctoral Award. Department of Nutrition, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
2003 | Irene McLenahan Young Investigator Award. Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
2005 | Dannon Institute Nutrition Leadership Institute participant. Dannon Institute.
2005 | Member, 53rd Annual Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Work Group on Obesity and Reproductive Health.
2006 | NCDEU New Investigator Award. National Institute of Mental Health.
2006 | American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Young Investigator Award.
2008-2009 | Member, Institute of Medicine Committee to Reevaluate Weight Guidelines during Pregnancy.
2012 | Young Professional Achievement Award. The Coalition for Excellence in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology.
2013 | Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award (Junior Scholar), the University of Pittsburgh.
2015 | The Mary Lewis Endowment Lectureship, Michigan State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition.
2016-2018 | Member, Pregnancy Work Group, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion and HHS Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Foundational Review Project on the Diet and Health for Pregnancy and Birth to 24 months.
2017 | Outstanding Alumnus Award, Department of Nutrition, Gillings School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Selected Publications taken from 144 total. The complete List of Published Work can be found in My Bibliography.
Maternal Obesity and Pregnancy Weight Gain
Hutcheon JA, Bodnar LM. Good Practices for Observational Studies of Maternal Weight and Weight Gain in Pregnancy.Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2018 Mar; 32 (2):152-160. PMID:29345321. PubMed.
Lemon LS, Naimi AI, Abrams B, Kaufman JS, Bodnar LM. Prepregnancy obesity and the racial disparity in infant mortality. Obesity. 2016 Dec; 24 (12):2578-84. PMID: 27891829. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Pugh SJ, Lash TL, Hutcheon JA, Himes KP, Parisi SM, Abrams B. Low Gestational Weight Gain and Risk of Adverse Perinatal Outcomes in Obese and Severely Obese Women. Epidemiology. 2016 Nov; 27 (6):894-902. PMID: 27682365. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Siminerio LL, Himes KP, Hutcheon JA, Lash TL, Parisi SM, Abrams B. Maternal obesity and gestational weight gain are risk factors for infant death. Obesity. 2016 Feb; 24 (2):490-8. PMID: 26572932. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Parks WT, Perkins K, Pugh SJ, Platt RW, Feghali M, Florio K, Young O, Bernstein S, Simhan HN. Maternal prepregnancy obesity and cause-specific stillbirth. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2015 Oct; 102 (4):858-64. PMID: 26310539. PubMed.
Hutcheon JA, Bodnar LM. A systematic approach for establishing the range of recommended weight gain in pregnancy. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2014 Aug; 100 (2):701-7. PMID: 24965305. PubMed.
Hutcheon JA, Platt RW, Abrams B, Himes KP, Simhan HN, Bodnar LM. A weight-gain-for-gestational-age z-score chart for the assessment of maternal weight gain in pregnancy. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2013 May; 97 (5):1062-7. PMID: 23466397. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Hutcheon JA, Platt RW, Himes KP, Simhan HN, Abrams B. Should gestational weight gain recommendations be tailored by maternal characteristics? American Journal of Epidemiology. 2011 Jul; 174 (2):136-46. PMID: 21633118. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Platt RW, Simhan HN. Early-Pregnancy Vitamin D Deficiency and Risk of Preterm Birth Subtypes. Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2015 Feb;125 (2):439-47. PMID: 25569002. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Simhan HN, Catov JM, Roberts JM, Platt RW, Diesel JC, Klebanoff MA. Maternal vitamin D status and the risk of mild and severe preeclampsia. Epidemiology. 2014 Mar; 25 (2):207-14. PMID: 24457526. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Klebanoff MA, Gernand AD, Platt RW, Parks WT, Catov JM, Simhan HN. Maternal vitamin D status and spontaneous preterm birth by placental histology in the U.S. Collaborative Perinatal Project. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2014 Jan; 179 (2):168-76. PMID: 24124195. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Catov JM, Simhan HN, Holick MF, Powers RW, Roberts JM. Maternal vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of preeclampsia. The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 2007 Sep; 92 (9):3517-22. PMID: 17535985. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Simhan HN, Powers RW, Frank MP, Cooperstein E, Roberts JM. High prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency in black and white pregnant women residing in the northern United States and their neonates. The Journal of Nutrition. 2007 Feb; 137 (2):445-52. PMID: 17237325. PubMed.
Diet and Supplement Use During Pregnancy
Bodnar LM, Simhan HN, Parker CB, et al. Racial or Ethnic and Socioeconomic Inequalities in Adherence to National Dietary Guidance in a Large Cohort of US Pregnant Women. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017 Jun; 117 (6):867-877. PMID: 28320597. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Tang G, Ness RB, Harger G, Roberts JM. Periconceptional multivitamin use reduces the risk of preeclampsia. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2006 Sep; 164 (5):470-7. PMID: 16772374. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Wisner KL. Nutrition and depression: implications for improving mental health among childbearing-aged women. Biological Psychiatry. 2005 Nov; 58 (9):679-85. PMID: 16040007. PubMed.
MacLehose RF, Bodnar LM, Meyer CS, Chu H, Lash TL. Hierarchical Semi-Bayes Methods for Misclassification in Perinatal Epidemiology. Epidemiology. 2018 Mar; 29 (2):183-190.PMID: 29166302. PubMed.
Naimi AI, Schnitzer ME, Moodie EE, Bodnar LM. Mediation Analysis for Health Disparities Research. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2016 Aug; 184 (4):315-24. PMID: 27489089. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Abrams B, Siminerio L, Lash TL. Validity of birth certificate-derived maternal weight data in twin pregnancies. Maternal & Child Nutrition. 2016 Jul; 12 (3):632-8. PMID: 25522306. PubMed.
Lash TL, Abrams B, Bodnar LM. Comparison of bias analysis strategies applied to a large data set. Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.). 2014 Jul; 25 (4):576-82. PMID: 24815306. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Abrams B, Bertolet M, Gernand AD, Parisi SM, Himes KP, Lash TL. Validity of birth certificate-derived maternal weight data. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. 2014 May; 28 (3):203-12. PMID: 24673550. PubMed.
Bodnar LM, Davidian M, Siega-Riz AM, Tsiatis AA. Marginal structural models for analyzing causal effects of time-dependent treatments: an application in perinatal epidemiology. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2004 May; 159 (10);926-34. PMID: 15128604. PubMed.