Anna Maria Siega-Riz, Ph.D.

am-siega-rizDr. 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 early determinants of childhood obesity in her currently funded Pregnancy Eating Attributes (PEAS) study funded by NICHD with colleagues at the University of North Carolina (  Other research interests includes examining the dietary trends of Hispanics and the association between dietary patterns and health outcomes using the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL, as well as determinants and consequences of food insecurity and the implications of food policy on health outcomes.

Dr. Siega-Riz recently served on the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee and is a member of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Advisory Council.  She has served on five Institute of Medicine Committees including the revision of the WIC food packages, re-examining the gestational weight gain guidelines and its dissemination, standards for systematic reviews, and food allergies. In her career, Dr. Siega-Riz has received numerous distinguished awards such as the March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award for Maternal and Fetal Nutrition (2007), the University of North Carolina Center for Women’s Health Research Award for Excellence (2004) and the American Public Health Association, Food and Nutrition Mary Egan Award (2000).  She has held key positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health before coming to UVA among which include Associate Dean for Academic Affairs (2010-2015), program leader of the Reproductive, Perinatal and Pediatric Program in the Department of Epidemiology (2006-15), Associate Chair of Epidemiology (2008-2010), and Director of Nutrition Epidemiology Core, Nutrition Obesity Research Center (2003-2010). She has successfully supervised many students at all levels.

Dr. Siega-Riz holds a BSPH from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, a MS in Food, Nutrition & Food Service Management from UNC Greensboro, and a PhD in Nutrition with a minor in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health. She held the credentials of a registered dietitian from 1983-2014.

At UVA, she is helping to establish a pregnancy database with colleagues in obstetrics and nursing that will serve as bio-repository for future studies related to the first 1000 days mission. She will be teaching a new course examining the health disadvantage of the US compared to other high-income countries in Spring 2017.

Contact Information:

Office 2126 Bldg #560 Fontaine Research Park
Department of Public Health Sciences
University of Virginia
560 Ray C. Hunt Drive
PO Box 800765
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Phone: 434-924-1791


URL for my full list of publications:


Recently Published Papers since 2015 (* denotes papers by student mentees):

  1. *Faurot KR, Siega-Riz AM, Gardiner P, Rivera JO, Young LA, Poole C, Whitsel EA, González HM, Chirinos-Medina DA, Talavera GA, Castañeda SF, Daviglus ML, Barnhart J, Giacinto RE, Van Horn L. Comparison of a Medication Inventory and a Dietary Supplement Interview in Assessing Dietary Supplement Use in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Integr Med Insights. 2016 Feb 16;11:1-10. doi: 10.4137/IMI.S25587.
  2. Vladutiu CJ, Siega-Riz AM, Sotres-Alvarez D, Stuebe AM, Ni A, Tabb KM, Gallo LC, Potter JE, Heiss G. Parity and Components of the Metabolic Syndrome Among US Hispanic/Latina Women: Results From the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2016 Jan;9(1):S62-9. doi: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.115.002464.
  3. Sauder KA, Starling AP, Shapiro AL, Kaar JL, Ringham BM, Glueck DH, Leiferman JA, Siega-Riz AM, Dabelea D. Diet, physical activity and mental health status are associated with dysglycaemia in pregnancy: the Healthy Start Study. Diabet Med. 2016 Feb 12. doi: 10.1111/dme.13093.
  4. *Martin CL, Siega-Riz AM, Sotres-Alvarez D, Robinson WR, Daniels JL, Perrin EM, Stuebe AM. Maternal Dietary Patterns are Associated with Lower Levels of Cardiometabolic Markers during Pregnancy. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2016 Feb 5. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12279.
  5. Tian Y, Holzman C, Siega-Riz AM, Williams MA, Dole N, Enquobahrie DA, Ferre CD. Maternal Serum 25-Hydroxyvitamin D Concentrations during Pregnancy and Infant Birthweight for Gestational Age: a Three-Cohort Study. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2016 Mar;30(2):124-33. doi: 10.1111/ppe.12262.
  6. *Martin CL, Sotres-Alvarez D, Siega-Riz AM. Maternal Dietary Patterns during the Second Trimester Are Associated with Preterm Birth. J Nutr. 2015 Aug;145(8):1857-64. doi: 10.3945/jn.115.212019.
  7. Mossavar-Rahmani Y, Shaw PA, Wong WW, Sotres-Alvarez D, Gellman MD, Van Horn L, Stoutenberg M, Daviglus ML, Wylie-Rosett J, Siega-Riz AM, Ou FS, Prentice RL. Applying Recovery Biomarkers to Calibrate Self-Report Measures of Energy and Protein in the Hispanic Community Health Study. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Jun 15;181(12):996-1007. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwu468.
  8. Laraia B, Vinikoor-Imler LC, Siega-Riz AM. Food insecurity during pregnancy leads to stress, disordered eating, and greater postpartum weight among overweight women. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2015 Jun;23(6):1303-11. doi: 10.1002/oby.21075. PMID: 25959858
  9. Flax VL, Siega-Riz AM, Reinhart GA, Bentley ME. Provision of lipid-based nutrient supplements to Honduran children increases their dietary macro- and micronutrient intake without displacing other foods. Matern Child Nutr. 2015 Mar 28. doi: 10.1111/mcn.12182.
  10. Starling AP, Brinton JT, Glueck DH, Shapiro AL, Harrod CS, Lynch AM, Siega-Riz AM, Dabelea D. Associations of maternal BMI and gestational weight gain with neonatal adiposity in the Healthy Start study. Am J Clin Nutr. 2015 Feb;101(2):302-9. doi: 10.3945/ajcn.114.094946. Epub 2014 Dec 3. PMID: 25646327
  11. Torgersen L, Ystrom E, Siega-Riz AM, Berg CK, Zerwas SC, Reichborn-Kjennerud T, Bulik CM. Maternal eating disorder and infant diet. A latent class analysis based on the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa). Appetite. 2015 Jan;84:291-8. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2014.10.009. PMID: 25453594