Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH

Boston Children's Hospital

Boston Children's Hospital

Elsie M. Taveras, MD, MPH

Boston Children's Hospital

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Associate Professor, Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • Associate Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Attending Physician, Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

The main focus of my research over the last two years has been examining the epidemiologic and health services research aspects of nutrition and physical activity as they affect child health.

In health services research and nutrition, I have completed a study of predictors of breastfeeding discontinuation among a large cohort of mother-newborn pairs. I am currently working on a prospective study of postpartum mothers to examine systems-level support for and barriers to breastfeeding continuation from the perspective of mothers and their clinicians. The results will help identify gaps that exist in current services for mothers who breastfeed and will help inform the design of intervention studies to promote and support breastfeeding continuation in primary care.

In physical activity and nutritional epidemiology, I have studied the longitudinal relationship between intake of fried food away from home and body mass index in older children and adolescents. This analysis has examined determinants of weight gain and diet quality among approximately 10,000 participants of the Growing Up Today Study. I recently presented the abstract and poster of the results to the American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology. I have also completed a study of the social influences on adolescent physical activity among the Growing Up Today Study cohort.

In physical activity, I have conducted formative research of physical activity among inner-city middle school children. This work specifically examines adolescentsperspective of the nutrition and physical activity counseling they receive from their health care providers. Together with the Harvard School of Public Health Prevention Research Center, I designed questions related to adolescentsattitudes towards their health care providers counseling on nutrition and physical activity. The survey was administered to over 500 children in the Boston Public School system in the spring of 2003.

Publications

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  • Taveras EM, Gillman MW, Peña MM, Redline S, Rifas-Shiman SL. Chronic sleep curtailment and adiposity. Pediatrics 2014; 133:1013-22. PubMed
  • Arsenault LN, Xu K, Taveras EM, Hacker KA. Parents' Obesity-Related Behavior and Confidence to Support Behavioral Change in Their Obese Child: Data From the STAR Study. Acad Pediatr 2014. PubMed
  • Cespedes EM, Horan CM, Gillman MW, Gortmaker SL, Price S, Rifas-Shiman SL, Mitchell K, Taveras EM. Participant characteristics and intervention processes associated with reductions in television viewing in the High Five for Kids study. Prev Med 2014; 62:64-70. PubMed
  • Stanford FC, Taveras EM. The Massachusetts school-based body mass index experiment-gleaning implementation lessons for future childhood obesity reduction efforts. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2014; 22:973-5. PubMed
  • Gortmaker SL, Taveras EM. Who becomes obese during childhood--clues to prevention. N Engl J Med 2014; 370:475-6. PubMed
  • Martínez-Andrade GO, Cespedes EM, Rifas-Shiman SL, Romero-Quechol G, González-Unzaga MA, Benítez-Trejo MA, Flores-Huerta S, Horan C, Haines J, Taveras EM, Pérez-Cuevas R, Gillman MW. Feasibility and impact of Creciendo Sanos, a clinic-based pilot intervention to prevent obesity among preschool children in Mexico City. BMC Pediatr 2014; 14:77. PubMed
  • Cheng JK, Wen X, Coletti KD, Cox JE, Taveras EM. 2-Year BMI Changes of Children Referred for Multidisciplinary Weight Management. Int J Pediatr 2014; 2014:152586. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Marshall R, Horan CM, Gillman MW, Hacker K, Kleinman KP, Koziol R, Price S, Rifas-Shiman SL, Simon SR. Improving children's obesity-related health care quality: process outcomes of a cluster-randomized controlled trial. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2014; 22:27-31. PubMed
  • Wright DR, Taveras EM, Gillman MW, Horan CM, Hohman KH, Gortmaker SL, Prosser LA. The cost of a primary care-based childhood obesity prevention intervention. BMC Health Serv Res 2014; 14:44. PubMed
  • Haines J, McDonald J, O'Brien A, Sherry B, Bottino CJ, Schmidt ME, Taveras EM. Healthy Habits, Happy Homes: randomized trial to improve household routines for obesity prevention among preschool-aged children. JAMA Pediatr 2013; 167:1072-9. PubMed
  • Cespedes EM, McDonald J, Haines J, Bottino CJ, Schmidt ME, Taveras EM. Obesity-related behaviors of US- and non-US-born parents and children in low-income households. J Dev Behav Pediatr 2013; 34:541-8. PubMed
  • Benjamin Neelon SE, Taveras EM, Ostbye T, Gillman MW. Preventing Obesity in Infants and Toddlers in Child Care: Results from a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. Matern Child Health J 2013. PubMed
  • Sonneville KR, Rifas-Shiman SL, Haines J, Gortmaker S, Mitchell KF, Gillman MW, Taveras EM. Associations of parental control of feeding with eating in the absence of hunger and food sneaking, hiding, and hoarding. Child Obes 2013; 9:346-9. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Gillman MW, Kleinman KP, Rich-Edwards JW, Rifas-Shiman SL. Reducing racial/ethnic disparities in childhood obesity: the role of early life risk factors. JAMA Pediatr 2013; 167:731-8. PubMed
  • Patterson RE, Colditz GA, Hu FB, Schmitz KH, Ahima RS, Brownson RC, Carson KR, Chavarro JE, Chodosh LA, Gehlert S, Gill J, Glanz K, Haire-Joshu D, Herbst KL, Hoehner CM, Hovmand PS, Irwin ML, Jacobs LA, James AS, Jones LW, Kerr J, Kibel AS, King IB, Ligibel JA, Meyerhardt JA, Natarajan L, Neuhouser ML, Olefsky JM, Proctor EK, Redline S, Rock CL, Rosner B, Sarwer DB, Schwartz JS, Sears DD, Sesso HD, Stampfer MJ, Subramanian SV, Taveras EM, Tchou J, Thompson B, Troxel AB, Wessling-Resnick M, Wolin KY, Thornquist MD. The 2011-2016 Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) initiative: rationale and design. Cancer Causes Control 2013; 24:695-704. PubMed
  • Sharifi M, Dryden EM, Horan CM, Price S, Marshall R, Hacker K, Finkelstein JA, Taveras EM. Leveraging text messaging and mobile technology to support pediatric obesity-related behavior change: a qualitative study using parent focus groups and interviews. J Med Internet Res 2013; 15:e272. PubMed
  • Boeke CE, Oken E, Kleinman KP, Rifas-Shiman SL, Taveras EM, Gillman MW. Correlations among adiposity measures in school-aged children. BMC Pediatr 2013; 13:99. PubMed
  • Sharifi M, Marshall G, Marshall R, Bottino C, Goldman R, Sequist T, Taveras EM. Accelerating progress in reducing childhood obesity disparities: exploring best practices of positive outliers. J Health Care Poor Underserved 2013; 24:193-9. PubMed
  • Gillman MW, Rifas-Shiman SL, Kleinman K, Oken E, Rich-Edwards JW, Taveras EM. Developmental Origins of Childhood Overweight: Potential Public Health Impact. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2008; 16:1651-6. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Rifas-Shiman SL, Oken E, Gunderson EP, Gillman MW. Short sleep duration in infancy and risk of childhood overweight. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med 2008; 162:305-11. PubMed
  • Spear BA, Barlow SE, Ervin C, Ludwig DS, Saelens BE, Schetzina KE, Taveras EM. Recommendations for treatment of child and adolescent overweight and obesity. Pediatrics 2007; 120 Suppl 4:S254-88. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Sobol AM, Hannon C, Finkelstein D, Wiecha J, Gortmaker SL. Youths' perceptions of overweight-related prevention counseling at a primary care visit. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2007; 15:831-6. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Field AE, Berkey CS, Rifas-Shiman SL, Frazier AL, Colditz GA, Gillman MW. Longitudinal relationship between television viewing and leisure-time physical activity during adolescence. Pediatrics 2007; 119:e314-9. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Rifas-Shiman SL, Scanlon KS, Grummer-Strawn LM, Sherry B, Gillman MW. To what extent is the protective effect of breastfeeding on future overweight explained by decreased maternal feeding restriction? Pediatrics 2006; 118:2341-8. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Sandora TJ, Shih MC, Ross-Degnan D, Goldmann DA, Gillman MW. The association of television and video viewing with fast food intake by preschool-age children. Obesity (Silver Spring) 2006; 14:2034-41. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Berkey CS, Rifas-Shiman SL, Ludwig DS, Rockett HR, Field AE, Colditz GA, Gillman MW. Association of consumption of fried food away from home with body mass index and diet quality in older children and adolescents. Pediatrics 2005; 116:e518-24. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Rifas-Shiman SL, Berkey CS, Rockett HR, Field AE, Frazier AL, Colditz GA, Gillman MW. Family dinner and adolescent overweight. Obes Res 2005; 13:900-6. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Scanlon KS, Birch L, Rifas-Shiman SL, Rich-Edwards JW, Gillman MW. Association of breastfeeding with maternal control of infant feeding at age 1 year. Pediatrics 2004; 114:e577-83. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Rifas-Shiman SL, Field AE, Frazier AL, Colditz GA, Gillman MW. The influence of wanting to look like media figures on adolescent physical activity. J Adolesc Health 2004; 35:41-50. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Li R, Grummer-Strawn L, Richardson M, Marshall R, R. Mothers' and clinicians' perspectives on breastfeeding counseling during routine preventive visits. Pediatrics 2004; 113:e405-11. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Li R, Grummer-Strawn L, Richardson M, Marshall R, R. Opinions and practices of clinicians associated with continuation of exclusive breastfeeding. Pediatrics 2004; 113:e283-90. PubMed
  • Taveras EM, Capra AM, Braveman PA, Jensvold NG, Escobar GJ, Lieu TA. Clinician support and psychosocial risk factors associated with breastfeeding discontinuation. Pediatrics 2003; 112:108-15. PubMed
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