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.
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.