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Jill Landsbaugh Kaar, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics


Doctoral Degree

  • Physical Activity Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh (PA), 2007


  • Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology, University of Cambridge (England), 2010
I am a behavioral epidemiologist and my work focuses on improving child health by teaching children healthy lifestyle behaviors early in life. I worked at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Weight Management and Wellness Center from 2004-2007. After my graduate training which focused on physical activity epidemiology, I trained in maternal and child health epidemiology. For this training, I moved across the pond and worked at the University of Cambridge in the Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit from 2007-2010. In 2010, my career moved me back to the U.S. and to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus within the Colorado School of Public Health working on the National Children’s Study. Now, in the Department of Pediatrics – Section of Nutrition, my primary research will focus on the complex relationships between lifestyle behaviors in early childhood (i.e., diet behaviors, physical activity, sedentary time, and sleep) and their impact on child health, specifically obesity.
  • Academic Achievement, University of Pittsburgh, 2005-2007
1.      Rofey DL, Kisler-van Reede V, Landsbaugh J, and Corcoran KJ. Perceptions and Metaperceptions of Same-Sex Social Interactions in College Women with Troubled Eating Patterns. Body Image: An International Journal 2007 Mar (4) 61-68. [PMID:18089252]
2.      Wijndaele K, Lakshman R, Landsbaugh JR, Ong K, and Ogilvie D. Determinants of early weaning and use of unmodified cow’s milk in infants: a systematic review. Journal of American Dietetic Association 2009 Dec 109 (12), 2017-2028. [PMID:19942019]
3.      Steele RM, van Sluijs E, Sharp S, Landsbaugh JR, Ekelund U, and Griffin SJ.  An investigation of patterns of children’s sedentary and vigorous physical activity throughout the week. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2010 Dec 9(7), 88-96. [PMID:21143901]
4.      Lakshman R, Landsbaugh JR, Schiff A, Hardeman W, Ong K, and Griffin S. Development of a questionnaire to assess maternal attitudes toward infant growth and milk feeding practices. International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 2011April 8(1), 35-45. [PMID:21510900]
5.      Lakshman R, Landsbaugh JR, Schiff A, Hardeman W, Cohen S, Griffin S and Ong K. Developing a programme for healthy growth and nutrition during infancy: understanding user perspectives. Child: Care, Health & Development 2012 Sept 38 (5): 675-82 [PMID:21752063]
6.      Lynch KE, Landsbaugh JR, Whitcomb BW, Pekow P, Markenson G, and Chasan-Taber  L. Physical activity of pregnant Hispanic women. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2012 Oct 43(4):434-9. [PMID:22992363]
7.      Kaar JL, Brinton JT, Crume T, Hamman RF, Glueck DH and Dabelea D. Leptin levels at birth and infant growth: The EPOCH Study. Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease 2014 5(3), 214-218. [PMID:24901661].
8.      Kaar JL, Crume T, Brinton JT, Bischoff KJ, McDuffie R and Dabelea D. Maternal Obesity, Gestational Weight Gain and Offspring Adiposity: the EPOCH Study. Journal of Pediatrics 2014 Jul 1. [PMID:24996985].
9.      Li C, Beech B, Crume T, D’Agostino RB, Jr., Dabelea D, Dolan L, Kaar JL, Liese A, Mayer-Davis E, Pate R, Pettitt DJ, and Merchant AT.  Longitudinal association between television watching and computer use and risk markers in diabetes in the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Pediatric Diabetes. 12 Jul 2014. [PMID:25041407].
10.    Kaar JL, van Sluijs E, Sharp SJ, Nagle EF, Robertson RJ, and Aaron DJ. The association between change in physical activity and weight during adolescence. Child and Adolescent Behaviour 2015 Aug 3(4), 233-239. [doi: 10.4172/2375-4494.1000233]