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Jill Landsbaugh Kaar

TitleAsst Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus

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    My research examines the pathway towards establishing health behaviors (i.e., sleep, diet, physical activity, screen time) early in life. As a maternal and child health epidemiologist, I have studied how maternal factors and behaviors during pregnancy influence offspring health behaviors and ultimately impact pediatric risk for obesity and other cardio-metabolic disease states (insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease). I use observational methods to first identify key associations with health behaviors and disease risk, and then use these findings to guide intervention strategies with potential for widespread dissemination and implementation.

    I also have expertise as a health behavior analyst. I use my training as an epidemiologist as well as my research experience in health behaviors to assist researchers in addressing their own research questions using novel approaches to analyze diet, physical activity, and sleep data.

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    1. Simon SL, McWhirter L, Behn CD, Bubar KM, Kaar JL, Pyle L, Rahat H, Garcia-Reyes Y, Carreau AM, Wright KP, Nadeau KJ, Cree-Green M. Morning circadian misalignment is associated with insulin resistance in girls with obesity & Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2019 Mar 19. PMID: 30888398.
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    2. Kaar JL, Sauder KA, Shapiro AL, Starling AP, Ringham BM, Johnson SL, Dabelea D. Infant Feeding Practices In a Diverse Group of Women: The Healthy Start Study. Clin Med Insights Pediatr. 2019; 13:1179556518824362. PMID: 30718970.
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    3. McCurdy K, Tovar A, Kaar JL, Vadiveloo M. Pathways between maternal depression, the family environment, and child BMI z scores. Appetite. 2019 Mar 01; 134:148-154. PMID: 30599152.
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    4. Simon SL, Behn CD, Cree-Green M, Kaar JL, Pyle L, Hawkins SMM, Rahat H, Garcia-Reyes Y, Wright KP, Nadeau KJ. Too Late and Not Enough: School Year Sleep Duration, Timing, and Circadian Misalignment Are Associated with Reduced Insulin Sensitivity in Adolescents with Overweight/Obesity. J Pediatr. 2019 Feb; 205:257-264.e1. PMID: 30497764.
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    5. Andersen LM, Boles RE, Kaar JL, Gance-Cleveland B, Gauthier KI, Cason-Wilkerson R, Federspiel D, Valenzuela M, Thompson DA. Use of the Delphi Technique to Obtain Community Input on Leading Contributors to Early Childhood Obesity in Latino Communities. Hisp Health Care Int. 2018 09; 16(3):113-119. PMID: 30207164.
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    6. Kaar JL, Schmiege SJ, Vadiveloo M, Simon SL, Tovar A. Sleep duration mediates the relationship between health behavior patterns and obesity. Sleep Health. 2018 10; 4(5):442-447. PMID: 30241659.
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    7. Tigges BB, Kaar JL, Erbstein N, Silberman P, Winseck K, Lopez-Class M, Burbacher TM. Effectiveness of community outreach and engagement in recruitment success for a prebirth cohort. J Clin Transl Sci. 2017 Jun; 1(3):184-191. PMID: 29082032.
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    8. Kaar JL, Simon SL, Schmiege SJ, Nadeau KJ, Kelsey MM. Adolescent's Health Behaviors and Risk for Insulin Resistance: A Review of the Literature. Curr Diab Rep. 2017 07; 17(7):49. PMID: 28526994.
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    9. Kaar JL, Luberto CM, Campbell KA, Huffman JC. Sleep, health behaviors, and behavioral interventions: Reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease in adults. World J Cardiol. 2017 May 26; 9(5):396-406. PMID: 28603586.
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    10. Starling AP, Sauder KA, Kaar JL, Shapiro AL, Siega-Riz AM, Dabelea D. Maternal Dietary Patterns during Pregnancy Are Associated with Newborn Body Composition. J Nutr. 2017 07; 147(7):1334-1339. PMID: 28539412.
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    11. Sauder KA, Kaar JL, Starling AP, Ringham BM, Glueck DH, Dabelea D. Predictors of Infant Body Composition at 5 Months of Age: The Healthy Start Study. J Pediatr. 2017 04; 183:94-99.e1. PMID: 28161200.
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    12. Vos MB, Kaar JL, Welsh JA, Van Horn LV, Feig DI, Anderson CAM, Patel MJ, Cruz Munos J, Krebs NF, Xanthakos SA, Johnson RK. Added Sugars and Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Children: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2017 May 09; 135(19):e1017-e1034. PMID: 27550974.
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    13. Crume TL, Brinton JT, Shapiro A, Kaar J, Glueck DH, Siega-Riz AM, Dabelea D. Maternal dietary intake during pregnancy and offspring body composition: The Healthy Start Study. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Nov; 215(5):609.e1-609.e8. PMID: 27371352.
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    14. Hudak ML, Park CH, Annett RD, Hale DE, McGovern PM, McLaughlin TJ, Dole N, Kaar JL, Balsam MJ. The National Children's Study: An Introduction and Historical Overview. Pediatrics. 2016 Jun; 137 Suppl 4:S213-8. PMID: 27251867; PMCID: PMC4878112 [Available on 06/01/17].
    15. Kaar JL, Markovic N, Amsden LB, Gilliland J, Shorter CF, Peters B, Nachreiner NM, Garel M, Nicholas W, Skarpness B, Drews-Botsch C, Hogue CJ, Dabelea D. The Experience of Direct Outreach Recruitment in the National Children's Study. Pediatrics. 2016 06; 137 Suppl 4:S258-64. PMID: 27251872.
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    16. Li C, Beech B, Crume T, D'Agostino RB, Dabelea D, Kaar JL, Liese AD, Mayer-Davis EJ, Pate R, Pettitt DJ, Taplin C, Rodriguez B, Merchant AT. Longitudinal association between television watching and computer use and risk markers in diabetes in the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Pediatr Diabetes. 2015 Aug; 16(5):382-91. PMID: 25041407.
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    17. Kaar JL, Crume T, Brinton JT, Bischoff KJ, McDuffie R, Dabelea D. Maternal obesity, gestational weight gain, and offspring adiposity: the exploring perinatal outcomes among children study. J Pediatr. 2014 Sep; 165(3):509-15. PMID: 24996985; PMCID: PMC4145019.
    18. Kaar JL, Brinton JT, Crume T, Hamman RF, Glueck DH, Dabelea D. Leptin levels at birth and infant growth: the EPOCH study. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2014 Jun; 5(3):214-8. PMID: 24901661; PMCID: PMC4776652.
    19. Lynch KE, Landsbaugh JR, Whitcomb BW, Pekow P, Markenson G, Chasan-Taber L. Physical activity of pregnant Hispanic women. Am J Prev Med. 2012 Oct; 43(4):434-9. PMID: 22992363; PMCID: PMC3491652.
    20. Lakshman R, Landsbaugh JR, Schiff A, Cohn S, Griffin S, Ong KK. Developing a programme for healthy growth and nutrition during infancy: understanding user perspectives. Child Care Health Dev. 2012 Sep; 38(5):675-82. PMID: 21752063.
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    21. Lakshman RR, Landsbaugh JR, Schiff A, Hardeman W, Ong KK, Griffin SJ. Development of a questionnaire to assess maternal attitudes towards infant growth and milk feeding practices. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2011 Apr 21; 8:35. PMID: 21510900; PMCID: PMC3111341.
    22. Steele RM, van Sluijs EM, Sharp SJ, Landsbaugh JR, Ekelund U, Griffin SJ. An investigation of patterns of children's sedentary and vigorous physical activity throughout the week. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2010 Dec 09; 7:88. PMID: 21143901; PMCID: PMC3018449.
    23. Wijndaele K, Lakshman R, Landsbaugh JR, Ong KK, Ogilvie D. Determinants of early weaning and use of unmodified cow's milk in infants: a systematic review. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009 Dec; 109(12):2017-28. PMID: 19942019.
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    24. Rofey D, Reede VK, Landsbaugh J, Corcoran KJ. Perceptions and metaperceptions of same-sex social interactions in college women with disordered eating patterns. Body Image. 2007 Mar; 4(1):61-8. PMID: 18089252.
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