Anna Maria Siega-Riz—a scholar in nutrition, maternal and child health—focuses on the connection between maternal weight and diet and adverse pregnancy outcomes, from gestational diabetes to hypertension, pre-eclampsia to preterm birth.

Over the course of her career, Siega-Riz has garnered more than $9 million in research funding as primary investigator. Currently, she is co-primary investigator on a $2.5 million NICHD grant, “Diet, obesity and weight change in pregnancy,” through 2018, and part of the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos funded by NIH.

At UVA, she’s helped establish a pregnancy database (ONOS) to serve as a biological repository for future studies related to the first 1,000 days of life, and is part of a UVA-INOVA team examining the effects of a mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention for obese pregnant women that examines maternal and infant outcomes, with fellow UVA Nursing scholar and assistant dean for research Jeanne Alhusen.

Before her arrival at the School of Nursing, Siega-Riz was a professor in UVA School of Medicine’s Departments of Public Health Sciences and Obstetrics & Gynecology for two years. Prior to her work at UVA, she was associate dean for academic affairs of UNC Chapel Hill’s Gillings School of Global Public Health and leader of its Reproductive, Perinatal, and Pediatric Program in its Department of Epidemiology.

Siega-Riz previously served on the Dietary Guidelines Federal Advisory Committee (2013-2015), the National Heart, Lung and Blood advisory council and five Institute of Medicine committees, including the revision to Women, Infants and Children (WIC) food packages and the gestational weight gain guidelines.

  • PhD in nutrition and epidemiology, UNC Chapel Hill
  • MS in food and nutrition, UNC Greensboro
  • BS in public health, UNC Chapel Hill

Honors and Awards

  • March of Dimes Agnes Higgins Award for Maternal and Fetal Nutrition (2007)
  • UNC’s Center for Women’s Health Research Award for Excellence (2004)
  • American Public Health Association’s Mary Egan Award (2000)

Research Focus

Nutrition, maternal and child health; the connection between maternal weight and diet and adverse pregnancy outcomes;

Recent Grants


Journal Articles

Martin, C. L., Vladutiu, C. J., Zikry, T. M., Grace, M. R., & Siega-Riz, A. M. (2019). Maternal lipid levels during pregnancy and child weight status at 3 years of age. Pediatric Obesity, 14(4), e12485. doi:10.1111/ijpo.12485

Eudy, A. M., Siega-Riz, A. M., Engelm, S. M., Franceschini, N., Howard, A. G., Clowse, M. E. B., & Petri, M. (2019). Response to: 'Postpartum breastfeeding status' by Betzold. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, 78(5), e38. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2018-213427

Eudy, A. M., Siega-Riz, A. M., Engel, S. M., Franceschini, N., Howard, A. G., Clowse, M. E. B., & Petri, M. (2019). Preconceptional cardiovascular health and pregnancy outcomes in women with systemic lupus erythematosus. Journal of Rheumatology, 46(1), 70-77. doi:10.3899/jrheum.171066

McClain, A. C., Ayala, G. X., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Siega-Riz, A. M., Kaplan, R. C., Gellman, M. D., Gallo, L. C., ... Mattei, J. (2018). Frequency of intake and type of away-from-home foods consumed are associated with diet quality in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Journal of Nutrition, 148(3), 453-463. doi:10.1093/jn/nxx067

Siega-Riz, A. M., & Dudley, D. (2018). Gestational age and stillbirths: questions left unanswered. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 125(8), 982. doi:10.1111/1471-0528.15112

Mensah, G. A., Cooper, R. S., Siega-Riz, A. M., Cooper, L. A., Smith, J. D., Brown, C. H., ... Pérez-Stable, E. J. (2018). Reducing cardiovascular disparities through community-engaged implementation research: A national heart, lung, and blood institute workshop report. Circulation Research, 122(2), 213-230. doi:10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.117.312243

Desrosiers, T. A., Siega-Riz, A. M., Mosley, B. S., & Meyer, R. E. (2018). Low carbohydrate diets may increase risk of neural tube defects. Birth Defects Research, 110(11), 901-909. doi:10.1002/bdr2.1198

Eudy, A. M., Siega-Riz, A. M., Engel, S. M., Franceschini, N., Howard, A. G., Clowse, M. E. B., & Petri, M. (2018). Effect of pregnancy on disease flares in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus. Annals of Rheumatic Diseases, 77(6), 855-860. doi:10.1136/annrheumdis-2017-212535

Kane, J. B., Harris, K. M., & Siega-Riz, A. M. (2018). Intergenerational pathways linking maternal early life adversity to offspring birthweight. Social Science & Medicine, 207, 89-96. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.04.049

Desrosiers, T., Siega-Riz, A. M., Mosley, B., & Meyer, R. (2018). Response to Camacho. Birth Defects Research, 110(11), 914-915. doi:10.1002/bdr2.1338

Desrosiers, T., Siega-Riz, A. M., Mosley, B., & Meyer, R. (2018). Response to Harcombe. Birth Defects Research, 110(11), 911-912. doi:10.1002/bdr2.1333

Arandia, G., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Siega-Riz, A. M., Arredondo, E. M., Carnethon, M. R., Delamater, A. M., Gallo, L. C., ... Perreira, K. M. (2018). Associations between acculturation, ethnic identity, and diet quality among US. Hispanic/Latino Youth: Findings from the HCHS/SOL Youth Study. Appetite, 129, 25-36. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2018.06.017

Wang, Z., Siega-Riz, A. M., Gordon-Larsen, P., Cai, J., Adair, L. S., Zhang, B., & Popkin, B. M. (2018). Diet quality and its association with type 2 diabetes and major cardiometabolic risk factors among adults in China. Nutrition, Metabolism, & Cardiovascular Diseases, 28(10), 987-1001. doi:10.1016/j.numecd.2018.06.012

Siega-Riz, A. M. (2018). Modification of lifestyle behaviour during pregnancy for prevention of childhood obesity. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 2(11), 770-772. doi:10.1016/S2352-4642(18)30279-7

Suhl, J., Leonard, S., Weyer, P., Rhoads, A., Siega-Riz, A. M., Renée Anthony, T., Burns, T. L., ... Romitti, P. A. (2018). Maternal arsenic exposure and nonsyndromic orofacial clefts. Birth Defects Research, 110(19), 1455-1467. doi:10.1002/bdr2.1386

Wang, Z., Gordon-Larsen, P., Siega-Riz, A.M., Cai, J., Wang, H., Adair, L.S., Popkin, BM. (2017). Sociodemographic disparity in the diet quality transition among Chinese adults from 1991 to 2011. Eur J Clin Nutr, 71(4), 486-493. doi:10.1038/ejcn.2016.179.

Eudy, A.M., Siega-Riz, A.M., Engel, S.M., Franceschini, N., Howard, A.G., Clowse, M.E., Petri, M. (2017). Gestational weight gain in women with systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus, 26(6), 623-632. doi:10.1177/0961203316671811.

Kay, M.C., Wasser, H., Adair, L.S., Thompson, A.L., Siega-Riz, A.M., Suchindran, C.M., Bentley, M.E. (2017). Consumption of key food groups during the postpartum period in low-income, non-Hispanic black mothers. Appetite, 1(117), 161-167. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2017.06.023.

Corsino, L., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Butera, N.M., Siega-Riz, A.M., Palacios, C., Pérez, C.M., Albrecht, S.S., Espinoza Giacinto, R.A., Perera, M.J., Horn, L.V., Avilés-Santa, M.L. (2017). Association of the DASH dietary pattern with insulin resistance and diabetes in US Hispanic/Latino adults: results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care, 7(5), e000402. doi: 10.1136/bmjdrc-2017-000402.

Wang, Z., Adair, L.S., Cai, J., Gordon-Larsen, P., Siega-Riz, A. M., Zhang, B., Popkin, BM. (2017). Diet Quality Is Linked to Insulin Resistance among Adults in China. J Nutr, 147(11), 2102-2108. doi:10.3945/jn.117.256180

Starling, A. P., Sauderm, K. A., Kaar, J. L., Shapiro, A. L. B., Siega-Riz, A. M., & Dabelea, D. (2017). Maternal dietary patterns during pregnancy are associated with newborn body composition. Journal of Nutrition, 147(7), 1334-1339. doi:10.3945/jn.117.248948

Alhusen, J. L., Geller, R., Dreisbach, C., Constantoulakis, L., & Siega-Riz, A. M. (2017). Intimate partner violence and gestational weight gain in a population-based sample of perinatal women. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 43(3), 390-402. doi:10.1016/j.jogn.2016.12.003

Mossavar-Rahmani, Y., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Wong, W. W., Loria, C. M., Gellman, M. D., Van Horn, L., Alderman, M. H., Beasley, J. M., Lora, C. M., Siega-Riz, A. M., Kaplan, R. C., & Shaw, P. A. (2017). Applying recovery biomarkers to calibrate self-report measures of sodium and potassium in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. Journal of Human Hypertension, 31(7), 462-473. doi:10.1038/jhh.2016.98

Alman, B. L., Coffman, E., Siega-Riz, A. M., Luben, T. J., & the National Birth Defects Prevention Study. (2017). Associations between maternal water consumption and birth defects in the NationalBirth Defects Prevention Study (2000-2005). Birth Defects Research, 109(3), 193-202. doi:10.1002/bdra.23569

Miles, G., & Siega-Riz, A. M. (2017). Trends in food and beverage consumption among infants and toddlers: 2005-2012. Pediatrics, 139(6), e20163290. doi:10.1542/peds.2016-3290

Martin, C. L., Siega-Riz, A. M., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Robinson, W. R., Daniels, J. L., Perrin, E. M., & Stuebe, A. M. (2016). Maternal dietary patterns during pregnancy are associated with child growth in the first 3 years of life. Journal of Nutrition, 146(11), 2281-2288. doi:10.3945/jn.116.234336

Eudy, A. M., Siega-Riz, A. M., Engel, S. M., Franceschini, N., Howard, A. G., Clowse, M. E., & Petri, M. (2016). Gestational weight gain in women with systemic lupus erythematosus. Lupus, 26(6), 623-632. doi:10.1177/0961203316671811

Wang, Z., Gordon-Larsen, P., Siega-Riz, A. M., Cai, J., Wang, H., Adair, L. S., & Popkin, B. M. (2016). Sociodemographic disparity in the diet quality transition among Chinese adults from 1991 to2011. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 71(4), 486-493. doi:10.1038/ejcn.2016.179

Mattei, J., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Daviglus, M. L., Gallo, L. C., Gellman, M., Hu, F. B., Tucker, K. L., Willett, W. C., Siega-Riz, A. M., Van Horn, L., & Kaplan, R. C. (2016). Diet quality and its association with cardiometabolic risk factors vary by Hispanic and Latino ethnic background in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos. (2016). Journal of Nutrition, 146(10), 2035-2044. doi:10.3945/jn.116.231209

Mazul, A.L., Siega-Riz, A. M., Weinberg, C. R., Engel, S. M., Zou, F., Carrier, K. S., ... Olshan, A. F. (2016). A family-based study of gene variants and maternal folate and choline in neuroblastoma: A report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Cancer Causes & Control, 27(10), 1209-1218. doi:10.1007/s10552-016-0799-1

Crume, T. L., Brinton, J. T., Shapiro, A., Kaar, J., Glueck, D. H., Siega-Riz, A. M., & Dabelea, D. (2016). Maternal dietary intake during pregnancy and offspring body composition: The Healthy Start Study. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, 215(5), 609.e1-609.e8. doi:10.1016/j.ajog.2016.06.035

Beasley, J. M., Jung, M., Tasevska, N., Wong, W. W., Siega-Riz, A. M., Sotres-Alvarez, D., ...Mossavar-Rahmani, Y. (2016). Biomarker-predicted sugars intake compared with self-reported measuresin US Hispanics/Latinos: Results from the HCHS/SOL SOLNAS study. Public Health Nutrition, 19(18), 3256-3264. doi:10.1017/s1368980016001580

Wong, W. W., Strizich, G., Heo, M., Heymsfield, S. B., Himes, J. H., Rock, C. L., Gellman, M. D., Siega-Riz, A. M., ... Mossavar-Rahmani Y. (2016). Relationship between body fat and BMI in a US hispanic population-based cohort study: Results from HCHS/SOL. Obesity, 24(7), 1561-71. doi:10.1002/oby.21495

Hale, D. E., Wyatt, S. B., Buka, S., Cherry, D., Cislo, K. K., Dudley, D. J., McElfish, P. A., Norman G. S., Reynolds, S. A., Siega-Riz, A. M., Wadlinger, S., Walker, C. K., & Robbins, J. M. (2016). The National Children's Study: Recruitment outcomes using the provider-based recruitment approach. Pediatrics, 137(Supplement), S239-247. doi:10.1542/peds.2015-4410e

Hoffman, K., Mendez, M., Siega-Riz, A. M., Herring, A. H., Sjödin, A., & Daniels, J. L. (2016). Lactational exposure to polybrominated diphenyl ethers and its relation to early childhood anthropometric measurements. Environmental Health Perspectives, 124(10), 1656-1661. doi:10.1289/ehp201

Shapiro, A. L., Kaar, J. L., Crume, T. L., Starling, A. P., Siega-Riz, A. M., Ringham, B. M., ... Dabelea, D. (2016). Maternal diet quality in pregnancy and neonatal adiposity: The Healthy Start Study. International Journal of Obesity, 40(7), 1056-1062. doi:10.1038/ijo.2016.79

Tian, Y., Holzman, C., Siega-Riz, A.M., Williams, M.A., Dole, N., Enquobahrie, D.A., & Ferre, C.D. (2016). Maternal serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations during pregnancy and infant birthweight for gestational age: A three-cohort study. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 30(2), 124-133. doi:10.1111/ppe.12262

Martin, C.L., Siega-Riz, A.M., Sotres-Alvarez, D., Robinson, W.R., Daniels, J.L., Perrin, E.M., & Stuebe, A.M. (2016). Maternal dietary patterns are associated with lower levels of cardiometabolic markers during pregnancy. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 30(3), 246-255. doi:10.1111/ppe.12279

Sauder, K.A., Starling, A.P., Shapiro, A.L., Kaar, J.L., Ringham, B.M.,...Siega-Riz, A.M., et al. (2016). Diet, physical activity and mental health status are associated with dysglycaemia in pregnancy: The Healthy Start Study. Diabetic Medicine, 33(5), 663-667. doi:10.1111/dme.13093

Vladutiu, C.J., Siega-Riz, A.M., Sotres-Alarez, D., Stuebe, A.M., Ni, A, Tabb, K.M., Gallo, L.C., et al. (2016). Parity and components of the metabolic syndrome among US Hispanic/Latina women. Circulation: Cardiovascular quality and outcomes, 9(2), s62-69. doi:10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.115.002464

Faurot, K.R., Siega-Riz, A.M., Gardiner, P., Rivera, J.O., Young, L.A., Poole, C., et al. (2016). Comparison of a medication inventory and a dietary supplement interview in assessing dietary supplement use in the hispanic community health study/study of latinos. Integrative Medicine Insights, 11, 1-10. doi:10.4137/imi.s25587

Book Sections

Siega-Riz, A. M., & Mehta, U. (2014). Nutrition. In R. Artal (Ed.), Clinical Updates in Women's Health Care, volume 8 (pp. 1-97). Washington, DC: The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Deierlein, A. L., & Siega-Riz, A. M. (2012). Long-term consequences of obesity in pregnancy for the mother. In M. Gillman & L. Poston (Eds.), Maternal Obesity (pp. 81-86). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Columns, Editorials and Op-Eds

Siega-Riz, A. M., & Dudley, D. (2017, Dec 27). Gestational age and stillbirths: Questions left unanswered [Column]. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Retrieved from

Siega-Riz, A. M. (2017, July). The importance of the modifying behaviours during the inter-pregnancy period [Column]. Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 31, 314-316. Retrieved from

Technical and Research Reports

Engelgau, M. M., Narayan, K. M. V., Ezzati, M., Salicrup, L. A., Belis, D. Aron, L. Y., Beaglehole, R., ... Mensah, G. A. (2018). Implementation research to address the United States health disadvantage: Report of a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Workshop. ().

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2017). Finding a path to safety in food allergy: Assessment of the global burden, causes, prevention, management, and public policy. (Report). Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

U.S. Department of Agriculture & U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2015). Scientific report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. (Report). Retrieved from

Ward, E. M., & Siega-Riz, A. M. (Ed.). (2012). Maternal nutrition. (Monograph). Retrieved from