Personal HistoryI completed a BA in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University, an MA from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. from Emory University. I trained in developmental disabilities at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA and am a pediatric psychologist.
Nutrition and child development, focusing on both undernutrition (failure-to-thrive) and overweight. I conduct intervention trials designed to examine strategies to promote children's health and development.
Grants & Contracts:
National Institute of Health (R01 HD056099)
Toddler Feeding Styles
National Institute of Health (R01 HD054727)
Challenge in Schools: Overweight Prevention
2008 - 2013
Maternal and Toddler Overweight Prevention
2006 - 2011
National Inst of Drug Abuse (R01 DA021059)
Adolescent Brain and Behavioral Development
2005 - 2011
Innovative strategies to promote child development in India
2010 - 2011
Boston Medical Center
2010 - 2011
Publications (2008 - 2010)
Rose-Jacobs, R., Black, M.M, Casey, P.H.., Cook, J. T., Cutts, D. B., Chilton, M., Heeren, T., Levenson, S.M.., Meyers, A.F., Frank, D.A. (2008). Household food insecurity: Associations with at-risk infant and toddler development. Pediatrics, 121, 65-72.
Hurley, K.M., Black, M.M., Papas, M.A., Quigg, A.M. (2008). Variation in breastfeeding behaviors and determinants by race/ethnicity among a low-income statewide sample of WIC participants. Maternal and Child Nutrition, 4; 95-105.
Hurley, K.M., Black, M.M., Papas, M.A., Caulfield, L.E. (2008). Maternal symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety are related to non-responsive feeding styles in a statewide sample of WIC participants. Journal of Nutrition. 138; 799-805.
Nair, P., Black, M.M., Ackerman, J., Schuler, M.E., Keane, V. (2008). Children's cognitive-behavioral functioning at 6 and 7: Prenatal drug exposure and caregiving environment. Ambulatory Pediatrics, 8 (3); 154-162.
Galbraith, J., Stanton, B., Beokeloo, B., King, W., Desmond, S., Howard, D., Black, M.M., Carey, J.W. (2008) Exploring implementation and fidelity of evidence-based behavioral interventions for HIV prevention: Lessons learned from the "Focus on Kids" diffusion case study. Health Education and Behavior.
Black, M. M. (2008). Effects of B-12 and folate deficiency on brain development in children. Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 29 (2); S126-S131.
Black, M.M., Walker, S. P., Wachs, T. D., Ulkuer, N., Meeks Gardner, J., Grantham McGregor, S., Lozoff, B., Engle, P. L., Cabral de Mello, M. Policies to reduce undernutrition include child development. Lancet, 2008; 371:454-455.
Dubowitz, H. & Black, M. M. (2008). Failure to thrive. BMJ Point-of-Care 2008; www.pointofcare.bmj.com.
Engle, P., & Black, M. M. (2008). The effect of poverty on child development and educational outcomes. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1136:243-256.
Cook, J.T., Frank, D.A., Casey, P.H., Rose Jacobs, R., Black, M.M., Chilton, M., Ettinger de Cuba, S., Appugliese, D., Coleman, S., Heeren, T., Berkowitz, C., & Cutts, D. (2008). A brief indicator of household energy security: Associations with food security, child health, and child development in US infants and toddlers. Pediatrics, 122:e867-e875.
Ackerman, J.P., Llorente, A.M., Black, M.M., Ackerman, C.S. Mayes, L. A., Nair, P. (2008). The effect of prenatal drug exposure and caregiving context on children's performance on a task of sustained visual attention. Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, 29 (6); 467-474.
Black, M.M., Hurley KM, Oberlander S, Hager E, McGill A, Quigg A (2009). Participants' comments on changes in the WIC food packages: The Maryland Food Preference Study. Journal of the American Dietetic Association.109(1):116-123.
Oberlander, S.E., Black, M.M. Shebl, F., Magder, L. (2009). Adolescent mothers leaving multigenerational households. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38, 62-74.
Hurley, K.M., Oberlander, S.E., Merry, B.C., Wrobleski, M.M, Klassen, A.C., Black M.M. (2009). The Healthy Eating Index and Youth Healthy Eating Index are unique, nonredundant measures of diet quality among low-income, African American adolescents. Journal of Nutrition, 139, 359-364.
Papas, M.A., Hurley, K.M., Quigg, A.M., Oberlander, S.E. Black, M.M. (2009). Low-income African American adolescent mothers and their toddlers exhibit similar dietary consumption patterns. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, 41, 87-94.
Wachs, T., Black, M. M., Engle, P. (2009). Maternal Depression: A Global Threat to Children's Health, Development and Behavior and to Human Rights. Child Development Perspectives, 3, 51-59.
Teti, D.M., Black, M.M., Viscardi, R., Glass, P., O'Connell, M.A., Baker, L., Cusson, R., Hess, C.R. (2009). Intervention with African American, premature infants: Four-month results of an early intervention program. Journal of Early Intervention, 31(2), 146-166.
Chilton, M., Black, M.M., Berkowitz, C., Casey, P.H., Cook, J.T., Cutts, D., Rose Jacobs, R., Heeren, T., Ettinger de Cuba, S., Meyers, A., Frank, D.A. (2009). Food insecurity and risk for poor health among US born children of immigrants. American Journal of Public Health, 99, 556-562.
Black, M.M. (2009). Micromineral deficiencies and child development. Nutrition Today, 44(2), 71-76.
Black, M.M., Baqui, A., Zaman, K, el Arifeen, S. & Black, R.E. (2009). Maternal depressive symptoms and infant growth in rural Bangladesh. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 89, 951S-957S.
Black, M.M., Ramakrishnan, U. (2009). Introduction to Special issue Maternal and Child Mental Health: Role of Nutrition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 89, 933S-934S.
Kiser LJ, Black MM, Medoff D. (in press). Urban poverty, childhood traumatic stress, and family processes. Traumatology.
Black, M.M., Oberlander, S.E., Lewis, T, Knight, L.D., Zolotor, A.J., Litrownik, A.J., Thompson, R., Dubowitz, H., English, D. (2009). A prospective investigation of sexual intercourse among adolescents maltreated prior to age 12. Pediatrics, 124:941-949.
Klassen AC, Smith KC, Black MM, Caulfield LE. (2009). Mixed method approaches to understanding cancer-related dietary risk reduction among public housing residents. Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 86(4):624-640.
Ackerman JP, Riggins T, Black, M.M. (2010). A review of the effects of prenatal cocaine exposure among school-age children. Pediatrics, 125, 554-565.
Ramos-Marcus F, Oberlander S, Papas, M. McNary S, Hurley K, Black MM. (2010) Stability of maternal depressive symptoms among urban, low-income, African American adolescent mothers. Journal of Affective Disorders, 122, 68-75.
Hager E, McGill A, Black MM. (2010). Development and Validation of a Toddler Silhouette Scale. Obesity, 18, 397-401
Oberlander SE, Miller WR, Houston AM, Black MM. (2010) A seven-year investigation of marital expectations and marriage among low-income, urban, African American adolescent mothers. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 31-40.
Kiser L., Medoff D, Black MM, Nurse W, Fiese BF. (in press) Family Mealtime Q-Sort: A Measure of Mealtime Practices. Journal of Family Psychology.
Dubowitz H, Pitts SC, Litrownik AJ, Villodas MT, Hussey JM, Thompson R, Black MM, Runyan D (in press). A youth self-report measure of neglect. Child Maltreatment.
Kiser L., Medoff D, Black MM (in press). The role of family processes in childhood traumatic stress reactions for youths living in urban poverty. Traumatology.
Black M, Hager E, Le K, Anliker J, DiClemente C, Gittelsohn J, Magder L, Papas, M, Shebl F, Snitker S, Treuth M, Wang Y. (in press). Challenge: A mentorship model of health promotion and obesity prevention among urban, African American adolescents. Pediatrics.
Hager E., Quigg A., Black MM, Coleman S, Heeren T, Rose-Jacobs, R, Cook JT, Ettinger De Cuba SA, Casey PH, Chilton M, Cutts DB, Meyers AF, Frank D. (in press). Development and Validity of a Brief 2-Item Screen to Identify Families at Risk for Food Insecurity. Pediatrics.
Hurley, K. M., Black M. M (in press). Commercial Baby Food Consumption and Dietary Variety in a Statewide Sample of WIC Infants. Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
Jones, D.J., Runyan, D., Lewis, T., Litrownik, A., Black, M., Wiley, T., English, D., Proctor, L., Jones, B.L., & Nagin, D. (in press). Violence Exposure Trajectories among High Risk Youth and their Association with Two Subsequent HIV/AIDS Risk Behaviors. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Frank, D.A., Casey, P.H., Black, M.M., Rose Jacobs, R., Chilton, M., Cutts, D., March, E., Heeren, T., Coleman, S., Ettinger de Cuba, S., Cook, J.T. (in press). Cumulative Hardship and Wellness in Low Income Young Children: A Multisite Surveillance Study. Pediatrics.
Links of InterestDivision of Growth and Nutrition
Children's Health Watch
Child Health Foundation
Global Child Development