Sarah E. Anderson, PhD

Associate Professor

Phone: 614-688-3600

1841 Neil Ave.
336 Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH, 43210


Sarah Anderson's research focuses on understanding psychosocial influences on children's growth and development with a particular focus on childhood obesity prevention. Her research has contributed to the understanding of obesity in preschool-aged children through analyses of large cohort studies including the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study, Birth Cohort (ECLS-B), the NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development (SECCYD), and the Head Start Family and Child Experiences Study (FACES). Active projects include a longitudinal study of mealtimes and self-regulation in toddlers in collaboration with Nationwide Children's Hospital, as well as analyses of the UK Millenium Cohort Study and the Growing Up in New Zealand Study.  Funded by the NIH, USDA, and AHA, she has mentored students at the doctoral, masters, and undergraduate level and teaches courses on obesity epidemiology, introduction to epidemiology, survey methodology, and grant writing.


Ph.D., Nutritional Epidemiology, Tufts University, 2006
M.S., Nutritional Epidemiology, Tufts University, 2002
A.B., Biology, Vassar College, 1997


Epidemiology of Obesity (PUBHEPI 8411) - Spring 2017
Principles of Epidemiology (PUBHEPI 6410) - Fall 2016
Design and Implementation of Health Surveys (PUBHEPI 6431)
Grant writing seminar for doctoral students (PUBHHBP 8899)

Selected Publications

Anderson SE, Andridge R, Whitaker RC. Bedtime in preschool-aged children and risk for adolescent obesity. Journal of Pediatrics 2016; 176: 17-22.

Anderson SE, Ramsden M, Kaye G. Diet qualities: healthy and unhealthy aspects of diet quality in preschool children. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2016; 103(6): 1507-1513.

Anderson SE, Keim SA. Parent-child interaction, self-regulation, and obesity prevention in early childhood. Current Obesity Reports 2016; 5(2): 192-200.

Tumin R*, Anderson SE. The epidemiology of family meals among Ohio's adults. Public Health Nutrition 2015; 18(8): 1474-1481.

Anderson SE, McNamara K, Andridge R, Keim SA. Executive function and mealtime behavior among preschool-aged children born very preterm. Eating Behaviors 2015; 19: 110-114. DOI: 10.1016/j.eatbeh.2015.07.006

Newman SL*, Tumin RA*, Andridge R, Anderson SE. Family meal frequency and association with household food availability in United States multi-person households: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2007-2010. PLoS One 2015; 10(12): e0144330. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0144330

Curtin C, Hubbard K, Anderson SE, Mick EO, Must A, Bandini LG. Food selectivity, mealtime behavior problems, spousal stress, and family food choices with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2015; 45. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-015-2490-x

Anderson SE, Lemeshow S, Whitaker RC. Maternal-infant relationship quality and risk of obesity at 5.5 years in a national US cohort. BMC Pediatrics 2014; 14(1): 54.

Byrd HCM*, Curtin C, Anderson SE. Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and obesity in US males and females, age 8-15 years: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2004. Pediatric Obesity 2013; 8(6): 445-453.

Marino AJ*, Fletcher EN, Whitaker RC, Anderson SE. Amount and environmental predictors of outdoor play: a cross sectional analysis of a national sample of preschool children attending Head Start. Health and Place 2012; 18(6): 1224-1230.

Anderson SE, Gooze RA*, Lemeshow S, Whitaker RC. Quality of early maternal-child relationship and risk of adolescent obesity. Pediatrics 2012; 129(1):132-140.

Anderson SE, Whitaker RC. Attachment security and obesity in US preschool-aged children. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine 2011; 165(3):235-242.

Anderson SE, Whitaker RC. Household routines and obesity in US preschool-aged children. Pediatrics 2010; 125(3):420-428.

Bandini LG, Anderson SE, Curtin C, Cermak S, Evans EW, Scampini R, Maslin M, Must A. Food selectivity in children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children. Journal of Pediatrics 2010; 157(2):259-264.

*denotes mentored student

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