Sarah E. Messiah, PhD, MPH
Professor of Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences
Director, Center for Pediatric Population Health
Dr. Sarah Messiah is trained in advanced life course epidemiology and has broadly focused her career on the relationship between early life exposures and later life health events. As a tenured Professor bridging both a pediatric hospital system (Children’s Health System of Texas) and a school of public health (Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences) in the University of Texas System, her primary area of research focus is on obesity prevention and treatment across the life course. She has published extensively in (1) the epidemiologic investigation of risk factors for childhood obesity and related cardiometabolic disease biomarkers with particular emphasis on ethnic group disparities; and (2) the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based tools, practices and programs into clinical and community-based settings (preschools, schools, parks) to prevent childhood-onset obesity and it’s health related consequences.
(Messiah, S., Valerio-Shewmaker, M.A., DeSantis, S.M., Swartz, M.D., Yaseen, A., Brito, F.A., Kohl III, H.W., Kelder, S.H., Aguillard, K., Omega-Njemnobi, O.S. and Breaux, C., The Lancet, June 2021.)