Selected Recent Publications


De Steur H, Mehta S, Gellynck X, Finkelstein JL. GM Biofortified Crops: Potential Effects on Targeting the Micronutrient Gap in Human Populations. Current Opinion in Biotechnology. Plant Biotechnology. Apr: 2017. In press.

Finkelstein JL, Haas JD, Mehta S. Iron-Biofortified Staple Food Crops for Improving Iron Status: A Review of the Current Evidence. Current Opinion in Biotechnology 2017, 44: 138-145. Link      

Finkelstein JL, Kurpad AV, Thomas T, Srinivasan K, Duggan C. Vitamin B12 Status in Pregnant Women and their Infants in South India. In press.  

Fox EL, Pelto GP, Rasmussen KM, Young SL, Rouzier V, Debrosse GM, Pape JW, Pelletier DL. Who knows what – An exploration of the infant feeding message environment and intra-cultural differences in message salience between health workers, HIV-infected and HIV-uninfected mothers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Submitted to Maternal and Child Nutrition.

Headey D, Hoddinott J, and Park S, forthcoming, “Accounting for nutritional changes in six success stories: A regression-decomposition approach”, Global Food Security.

Hoddinott J, Ahmed I, Ahmed A and Roy S, “Behavior change communication activities and their impact on infant and young child nutrition knowledge and practice of neighboring non-participants in rural Bangladesh”, under review, January 2017.

Hoddinott J, Ahmed A, Karachiwalla N and Roy S, “Nutrition behaviour change communication causes sustained effects on IYCN knowledge in two cluster-randomised trials in Bangladesh”, under review, January 2017.

Hoddinott J, Ahmed A and Roy S, “Randomized control trials demonstrate that nutrition sensitive social protection interventions increase the use of Sprinkles and other iron supplements in rural pre-school Bangladeshi children”, under review, February 2017.

Layden AJ*, O’Brien KO, Pressman EK, Cooper EM, Kent TR, Finkelstein JL. Vitamin B12 and Placental Transcobalamin Expression in Pregnant Adolescents. Placenta. 2016; 45:1-7. Link<>

Martin SL, Birhanu Z, Omotayo MO, Kebede Y, Pelto GH, Stoltzfus RJ Dickin KL. Measuring social support for adherence to prenatal micronutrient supplementation in Ethiopia and Kenya: Contextual adaptation of the cognitive interviewing process. Field Methods (in press).

Martin SL, Omotayo MO, Pelto GH, Chapleau GM, Stoltzfus RJ, Dickin KL. Adherence-specific social support enhances adherence to calcium supplements among pregnant women in Kenya. Journal of Nutrition, 1 March 2017 doi:10.3945/jn.116.242503

Michaud-Letourneau I, and Pelletier DL. (n.d.). “Multisectoral approaches for nutrition: A Q methodology study to explore the perspectives of national key leaders on the coordination challenges in Mozambique.” Food Policy (under revision).

Omotayo MO, Dickin KL, Pelletier DL, Martin SL, Kung’u JK, Stoltzfus RJ. Feasibility of integrating calcium and iron-folate supplementation to prevent preeclampsia and anemia in pregnancy in primary healthcare facilities in Kenya. Maternal & Child Nutrition (in press)

Park H, Brannon PM, West AA, Yan J, Jiang X, Perry CA, Malysheva O, Mehta S, Caudill MA. Maternal vitamin D biomarkers are associated with maternal and fetal bone turnover among pregnant women consuming controlled amounts of vitamin D, calcium, and phosphorus. Bone. 2017 Feb;95:183-191. PubMed PMID: 27939956; NIHMSID: NIHMS837394; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5222782.

Pingali, P. and Rao, T. (2017 In Press). Understanding the Multi-Dimensional Nature of the Malnutrition Problem in India.” In P. Pingali and G. Feder (Eds.), Agriculture and Rural Development in a Globalizing World.  Earthscan Food and Agriculture Series. London:  Routledge Press.

Pingali, P. and Sunder, N. (2017 Forthcoming). Transitioning Towards Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems in Developing Countries – A Review.  Annual Review of Resource Economics.  Volume 9.

Smith LE, Prendergast AJ, Turner PC, Humphrey JH, Stoltzfus RJ. Aflatoxin exposure during pregnancy, maternal anemia and adverse birth outcomes: a review.  Am J Trop Med Hyg 2017 (accepted Dec 2016)

Tase K*, Layden AJ*, Finkelstein JL. Vitamin B12 and Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Review of the Current Evidence. In review.
Zongrone AA, Menon P, Pelto GH, Habicht JP, Rasmussen KM, Constas MA, Vermeylen F, Khaled A, Saha KK, Stoltzfus RJ.  Mediated and potentiated paths through self-efficacy of a behavior change communication intervention to improve infant and young child feeding in Bangladesh.  J Nutr (submitted Dec 2016)


Alderman H and Sahn DE. Malnutrition: Future challenges and lessons from the past. Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Program Working Paper No 254, 2016.

Berhane G, Hoddinott J, Kumar N, and Margolies A. The impact of the Productive Safety Net Programme on schooling, child labour and the nutritional status of children in Ethiopia, 3ie Grantee Final Report. New Delhi: International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie). 2016.

Birhanu Z, Chapleau GM, Ortolano SE, Mamo G, Martin SL, Dickin KL. Ethiopian women’s perspectives on antenatal care and iron-folic acid supplementation: Insights for translating global antenatal calcium guidelines into practice. Maternal & Child Nutrition (under review)

Bliss J, Njenga M, Stoltzfus R, Pelletier D. Stigma as a barrier to the treatment for child acute malnutrition in Marsabit County, Kenya. Maternal and Child Nutrition 2016 12(1): 125-38.

Boy E, Haas JD, Petry N, Cercamondi CI, Gahutu JB, Mehta S, Finkelstein J, Hurrell RF.  Efficacy of Iron-Biofortified Crops. African Journal of Food, Agriculture, Nutrition, and Development 2016. (in press)

Chung HJ*, Han SH, Kim H, Finkelstein JL. Childhood immunizations in China: disparities in health care access in children born to North Korean refugees. BMC Int Health Hum Rights. 2016 Apr 13;16(1):13. Link<

Colt S, Garcia-Casal MN, Peña-Rosas J, Finkelstein JL, Rayco-Solon P, Weise Prinzo Z, Mehta S. Transmission of Zika virus through breast milk and other breastfeeding-related bodily-fluids: a systematic review. Bulletin of the World Health Organization: 02 May 2016. doi:

De-Regil LM, Finkelstein JL, Saeterdal I, Gaitán D, Peña-Rosas JP. Fortification of wheat and maize flour with folic acid for population health outcomes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD012150. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD012150.

Finkelstein JL, Duggan C, Mehta S, Thomas T, Srinivasan K, Kurpad AV. Maternal Vitamin D Status and Adverse Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes in India. The FASEB Journal. April 2016; 30:44.6.

Finkelstein JL, Kurpad AV, Thomas T, Srinivasan K, Duggan C. Maternal Anemia of Inflammation and Adverse Pregnancy and Neonatal Outcomes in India. The FASEB Journal. April 2016; 30:668.3.

Finkelstein JL, Layden AJ, Beltrán-Ayala E, Cárdenas WB, Endy TP, Ryan SJ, Stewart Ibarra AM, Mehta S. Micronutrients and Dengue Fever in Coastal Ecuador. The FASEB Journal. April 2016; 30:668.4.

Gough EK, Stephens DA, Moodie EEM, Prendergast AJ, Stoltzfus RJ, Humphrey JH, Manges AR. Erratum to: Linear growth faltering in infants is associated with Acidaminococcus sp. and community-level changes in the gut microbiota. Microbiome. 2016;4:5. doi:10.1186/s40168-016-0149-2.

Haas JD, Luna SV, Lung’aho MG, Wenger MJ Murray-Kolb LE, Beebe S, Gahutu JB, Egli IM. Consuming Iron Biofortified Beans Increases Iron Status in Rwandan Women after 128 Days in a Randomized Controlled Feeding Trial. Journal of Nutrition 2016, 146 (8): 1586-1592.

Hazell P, Ricker-Gilbert J, Wiggins S,  Sahn DE, Mishra A. Food and nutrition security and role of smallholder farms: challenges and opportunities – Workshop proceedings. JRC Working Papers JRC101229, Joint Research Centre (Seville site), 2016.

Headey D and Hoddinott J, 2016. “Agriculture, nutrition and the Green Revolution in Bangladesh”, Agricultural Systems, 149: 122-131. 

Headey D, Hoddinott J, Park S. Drivers of nutritional change in four south Asian countries: A dynamic observational analysis. Maternal and Child Nutrition 2016, 12(Suppl. 1): 210-218.

Heinrich C, Hoddinott J, Samson M. Forthcoming. Reducing adolescent risky behaviors in a high-risk context: The effects of unconditional cash transfers in South Africa. Economic Development and Cultural Change 2016.

Herman HS, Mehta S, Cárdenas WB, Stewart-Ibarra AM, Finkelstein JL. Micronutrients and Leptospirosis: A Review of the Current Evidence. Day NP, ed. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. 2016;10(7):e0004652. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004652.

Hirvonen K and Hoddinott J. Forthcoming. Agricultural production and children’s diets: Evidence from rural Ethiopia. Agricultural Economics 2016.

Hirvonen K, Hoddinott J, Minten B, and Stifel D, forthcoming, “Children’s diets, nutrition knowledge, and access to markets”, World Development.

Hoddinott J, Gillespie S, Yosef S. “Public-private partnerships and undernutrition: Examples and future prospects” in Hidden hunger. Malnutrition and the first 1,000 days of life: Causes, consequences and solutions ed by H. Biesalski and R. Black. Basel: Karger, 2016.

Hoddinott J, Karachiwalla N, Ledlie N, Roy S. Forthcoming. Adolescent girls’ infant and young child nutrition knowledge sources differ among rural and urban samples in Bangladesh. Maternal and Child Nutrition 2016.

Hoel J, Schwab B, Hoddinott J. Self-control fatigue, cognitive function, and the expression of time preference: Experimental results from Ethiopia. Journal of Economic Psychology 2016, 52: 136-146.

Ismail LC, Bishop DC, Pang R, Rasmussen K, et al. Gestational weight gain standards based on women enrolled in the Fetal Growth Longitudinal Study of the INTERGROWTH-21st Project: a prospective longitudinal cohort study. BMJ : British Medical Journal. 2016;352:i555. doi:10.1136/bmj.i555.

Jerling J, Pelletier D, Fanzo J, Covic N.   Supporting Multisectoral Action: Capacity and Nutrition Leadership Challenges Facing Africa.  IN: African Trends and Outlook Report, International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, DC, 2016.

Kambarami RA, Mbuya MN, Pelletier D, Fundira D, Tavengwa NV, Stoltzfus RJ. Factors Associated With Community Health Worker Performance Differ by Task in a Multi-Tasked Setting in Rural Zimbabwe. Global Health: Science and Practice. 2016;4(2):238-250. doi:10.9745/GHSP-D-16-00003.

Lee S, O’Dell D, Hohenstein J, Colt S, Mehta S, Erickson D. NutriPhone: a mobile platform for low-cost point-of-care quantification of vitamin B12concentrations. Scientific Reports. 2016;6:28237. doi:10.1038/srep28237.

Lee S, Srinivasan B, Vemulapati S, Mehta S, Erickson D. Personalized nutrition diagnostics at the point-of-need. Lab Chip. 2016 Jul 7;16(13):2408-17. PubMed PMID: 27272753. *joint corresponding author

Marchetta F, Sahn D. The Role of Education and Family Background in Marriage, Childbearing, and Labor Market Participation in Senegal. Economic Development and Cultural Change  2016 64(2): 369-403. 

Martin SL, Birhanu Z, Omotayo MO, Kebede Y, Pelto GH, Stoltzfus RJ, Dickin KL. Measuring social support for adherence to prenatal micronutrient supplementation in Ethiopia and Kenya: Contextual adaptation of the cognitive interviewing process. Field Methods (in press).

Martin SL, Omotayo MO, Chapleau GM, Stoltzfus RJ, Birhanu Z, Ortolano S, Pelto GH, Dickin KL. Adherence partners are an acceptable behavior change strategy to support calcium and iron-folic acid supplementation among pregnant women in Ethiopia and Kenya. Maternal & Child Nutrition 2016.

Martin SL, Seim GL, Wawire S, Chapleau GM, Young SL, Dickin KL. Translating formative research findings into a behavior change strategy to promote antenatal calcium and iron and folic acid supplementation in western Kenya. Maternal & Child Nutrition2016. DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12233

Mehta S, Dwarkanath P, Finkelstein JL, Joseph S, Thomas T, Kurpad AV. High Burden of Vitamin D Deficiency in Pregnancy and its Association with Low Birth Weight in a Prospective Cohort in South India. The FASEB Journal. April 2016; 30:1149.32

Natamba BK, Mehta S, Achan J, Stoltzfus RJ, et al. The association between food insecurity and depressive symptoms severity among pregnant women differs by social support category: A cross-sectional study. Maternal & Child Nutrition. August 2016. DOI: 10.1111/mcn.12351.

Omotayo MO, Dickin KL, O’Brien KO, Neufeld LM, De-Regil LM, Stoltzfus RJ. Translating guidelines for calcium supplementation to prevent preeclampsia into policy. Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal. 2016 Mar 1;7(2):275-8.

Omotayo MO, Dickin KL, Stoltzfus RJ. Perinatal mortality due to pre-eclampsia in Africa: A comprehensive and integrated approach is needed. Global Health: Science and Practice 2016 Jun 20; 4:350-1.

Park H, Brannon PM, West AA, Yan J, Jiang X, Mehta S, et al. Vitamin D Metabolism Varies among Women in Different Reproductive States Consuming the Same Intakes of Vitamin D and Related Nutrients. J Nutr. 2016 Jun 22;PubMed PMID: 27335139.

Pearson R, Afaw S, Baschieri A, Birru B, Berhane G, Chaiban T, Davis B, Devereux S, Hoddinott J, Hoel J, Kagin J, Ledlie N, Lemma H, Mahonde D, Pigois R, Pozarny P, Roelen K, Schwab B, Salama P, Sessay I, Taylor JE, Tegebu FN, Tsegay Y, Webb D. “The role of the Tigray Social Cash Transfer programme and its evaluation in the evolution of the Tigray social policy” in From evidence to action: The story of cash transfers and impact evaluation in sub-Saharan Africa ed by B. Davis, S. Handa, N. Hypher, N. Rossi, P. Winters and J. Yablonski. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Pelletier D, Hanns-Christoph, Udomkesmalee E, Udomkesmalee E.  Scientific Evidence to Inform Decisions and Implementation: What has been Learned.  Scaling Up Nutrition In-Practice Brief, pp 35-38, April 2016.

Pingali PL. Opinion: The hunger metrics mirage: There’s been less progress on hunger reduction than it appears. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 2016;113(18):4880-4883. doi:10.1073/pnas.1603216113.

Pingali PL, Spielman D, Zaidi F (2016). Changing Donor Trends in Assistance to Agricultural Research and Development in Africa South of the Sahara. In Lynam, J.; Beintema, N.; Roseboom, J.; and Badiane, O. (Eds.), Agricultural Research in Africa: Investing in Future Harvests. (pp. Chapter 6). Washington, DC: IFPRI/ASTI.

Pingali, P., Witwer, M., & Abraham, M. (2016). Getting to zero hunger: learning from the MDGs for the SDGs. In P. D. Y. Lalaguna, C. M. D. Barrado, & C. R. F. Liesa (Eds.), International Society and Sustainable Development Goals (pp. 175–202). Pamplona, Spain: Thomson Reuters Aranzadi.

Puentes E, Wang F, Behrman J, Cunha FF, Hoddinott J, Maluccio J, Adair L, Borja J, Martorell R, Stein A. Early life height and weight production functions with endogenous energyand protein inputs. Economics and Human Biology 2016, 22: 65-81.

Samson M, Heinrich C, Hoddinott J, Laryea-Adjei G, Buthelezi T, Jehoma S, Mogosti M, Stevens T, van Nierkek I, Nyokangi E. “The impact of a promise realized: South Africa’s Child Support Grant” in From evidence to action: The story of cash transfers and impact evaluation in sub-Saharan Africa ed by B. Davis, S. Handa, N. Hypher, N. Rossi, P. Winters and J. Yablonski. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016.

Shiffman J, Quissell K, Schmitz HP, Pelletier DL, Smith SL, Berlan D, Gneiting U, Slyke DV, Mergel I, Rodriguez M, and Walt G. The emergence and effectiveness of global health networks: findings and future research. Health Policy and Planning 2016 31: i110-i123.

Srinivasan B, Lee S, Erickson D, Mehta S. Precision nutrition – review of methods for point-of-care assessment of nutritional status. Curr Opin Biotechnol. 2016 Dec 30;44:103-108. PubMed PMID: 28043002 

Toko EN, Sumba OP, Daud II, Ogolla S, Majiwa M, Krisher JT, Ouma C, Dent AE, Rochford R, Mehta S. Maternal Vitamin D Status and Adverse Birth Outcomes in Children from Rural Western Kenya. Nutrients. 2016 Dec 7;8(12)PubMed PMID: 27941597; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5188449. 

Venkatramanan S, Armata IE, Strupp BJ, Finkelstein JL. Vitamin B-12 and cognition in children. Advances in Nutrition: An International Review Journal. 2016; 7(5): 879-888.

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