Charmaine Smith Wright, MD, MSc

CPHI Associate Fellow

Title: Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar

Public Health Interests:

Maternal-child health, obesity, prenatal behaviors

Current Public-Health Related Activities:

I am board certified in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, and have spent the last 2.5 years as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar, researching the link between maternal weight status and both maternal and child obesity.  To that end, I started with observational work by linking maternal health records to pediatric health records to look at the effect of a large number of prenatal behaviors on childhood outcomes.  The observational work has informed my community based participatory work, whereby I have partnered with a peripartum community service agency to achieve two aims: 1) Assess the psychosocial predictors of gestational weight gain and postpartum weight retention with an adapted instrument, and 2) Develop and implement a pregnancy weight management intervention study among low income women.

Select Publications:

Wright CS, Rifas-Shiman S, Rich-Edwards J, Taveras E, Gillman M, Oken, E. Intrauterine exposure to gestational diabetes, child adiposity, and blood pressure.  American Journal of Hypertension. 22(2):215-20, 2009 Feb.

Wright, CS.  Meeting in the Middle:  Lessons learned from Community-Based Participatory Research.  Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM) Forum.  32(3): 9-10, 2009 March.

Wright CS, Bilder D, Allen M, Mogul M, Rubin D and J Shea.  Impact of race and locus of control on gestational weight gain.  Poster, American Public Health Association National Conference.  Philadelphia, PA.  November 2009.

Wright CS, Bilder D, Allen M, Mogul M, Rubin D and J Shea.  Characteristics of 98 low-income women in a Philadelphia Postpartum Weight Retention Study.  Oral Presentation, American Public Health Association National Conference.  Philadelphia, PA.  November 2009.