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Kristen M. Hurley Ph.D., M.P.H.

Academic Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Pediatrics
Location: 737 W. Lombard Street, 167
Phone: (410) 706-0213
Fax: (410) 706-5090

Personal History:

Dr. Hurley's research examines the relationships between maternal mental health, feeding styles (responsive vs. nonresponsive), maternal and toddler weight gain and dietary iron intakes over time. She is currently developing a randomized controlled trial to evaluate innovative, culturally appropriate web-based interventions focused on complementary feeding and responsive parenting/feeding.

Research Interests:

Nutrition, maternal mental health, feeding styles, maternal and infant diet quality, and obesity prevention.

Grants & Contracts:

Ongoing Research Support

Maternal Mental Health and Child Nutrition: Multigenerational Pathways - BIRCWH K12HD043489-8
The goal of this study is to examine the relations between maternal mental health, feeding, and maternal and child nutritional status
Role: Scholar

Grow Smart Project
Black (PI)
Micronutrient Initiative
The goal of this study examine how micronutrient fortification strategies for children combined with early learning opportunities impact childrenâ?Ts nutrition and development
Role: Co-investigator

Completed Research Support

Challenge in Schools - R01 HD05472-7
Black (PI)
Adolescent Overweight Prevention
Role: Co-Investigator

Toddler Overweight Prevention Study (TOPS)
Black (PI)
USDA Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service
Role: Postdoctoral Fellow


Peer-reviewed journal articles

1. Hurley KM, Caulfield LE, Sacco LM, Kathleen CA, DiPietro, JA. Psychosocial influences on dietary patterns during pregnancy. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005;105:963-966.

2. Hurley KM, Black MM, Papas MA, Quigg AM. Variation in breastfeeding behaviors, perceptions, and experiences by race/ethnicity among a low-income statewide sample of Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) participants in the United States. Maternal and Child Nutrition. 2008;4:95-105.

3. Hurley KM, Black MM, Papas MA, Caulfield LE. Maternal symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety are related to non-responsive feeding styles in a statewide sample of WIC participants. J Nutr. 2008;138:799-805.

4. Black MM, Hurley KM (2008). Helping children develop healthy eating habits. In: Tremblay RE, Barr RG, Peters RDeV, eds. Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development [online]. Montreal, Quebec: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development; available at:

5. Hurley KM, Oberlander SE, Merry BC, Wrobleski MM, Klassen AC, Black MM. The Healthy Eating Index and Youth Healthy Eating Index Are Unique, Nonredundant Measures of Diet Quality among Low-Income, African American Adolescents. J Nutr. 2009;139:359-364.

6. Black MM, Hurley KM, Oberlander SE, Hager ER, McGill AE, White NT, Quigg AM. Participants' Comments on Changes in the Revised WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) Food Packages: The Maryland Food Preference Study. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(1):116-23.

7. Riley AW, Coiro MJ, Broitman M, Colantuoni E, Hurley KM, Bandeen-Roche K, Miranda J. Parenting, family environment, and rater influences on functioning of low-income children of depressed mothers. Psychiatr Serv. 2009; 60:329-36.

8. Papas MA, Hurley KM, Quigg AM, Oberlander SE, Black MM. Low-income African American adolescent mothers and their toddlers exhibit similar dietary variety patterns. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2009;41:87-94.

9. Ramos-Marcuse F, Oberlander SE, Papas MA, McNary SW, Hurley KM, Black MM. Stability of maternal depressive symptoms among urban, low-income, African American adolescent mothers. J Affect Disord. 2010;122:68-75.

10. Hurley KM & Black MM. Commercial Baby Food Consumption and Dietary Variety in a Statewide Sample of WIC Infants. J Am Diet Assoc. 2010, 110:1537-41.

11. Hurley KM, Cross MB, Hughes SO. A systematic review of responsive feeding and child obesity in high-income countries. J Nutr. 2011;141(3):495-501.

12. Hurley KM, Black MM. Responsive Feeding: Promoting Healthy Growth and Development for Infants and Toddlers. J Nutr. 2011; 141(3):489.

13. Buckingham-Howes S, Oberlander SE, Hurley KM, Fitzmaurice S, Black MM. Trajectories of Adolescent Mother-Grandmother psychological conflict during early parenting and childrenâ?Ts problem behaviors at age 7. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2011;40:445-55.

14. Surkan PJ, Kennedy CE, Hurley KM, Black MM. Maternal depression and early childhood growth in developing countries: systematic review and meta-analysis. Bull World Health Organ. 2011;89(8):608-615E.

Book Chapters

1. Black MM, Knolhoff K, Hurley KM, Dallavalle M. (2008). WIC - University partnership: Promoting healthy food choices and growth among infants and toddlers. In Stanton, B., Galbraith, J., & Kaljee, L. (eds.). The uncharted path from clinic-based to community-based research. Hauppauge NY: Nova Science Publishers.

2. Black MM & Hurley KM. Infant Nutrition (2010). In Bremner, J. & Wachs, T. (eds.). The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Infant Development, second edition. United Kingdom: A John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., Publication.

3. Hurley KM, Surkan PJ. Black MM. Maternal depression and child growth in developing countries: A focus on the post-natal period. In: Preedy VR, editor. Handbook of Growth Monitoring and Health and Disease. London: Springer Publications (in press).