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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

Dr. Kaar’s research and training is related to childhood obesity. She worked at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Weight Management and Wellness Center from 2004-2007. After her graduate training in the topic of physical activity epidemiology and adolescent obesity, Dr. Kaar trained specifically in Maternal and Child Health Epidemiology. For this training, she moved across the pond and worked at Cambridge in their Epidemiology Unit (specifically working on the Cambridge Baby Growth Study (birth cohort) and the Cambridge Baby Milk Study (RCT) from 2007-2010.

In 2010, Dr. Kaar’s career moved her back to the U.S. and to the UCD campus within the Colorado School of Public Health working specifically on the National Children’s Study (birth cohort). Now, in the Department of Pediatrics, Dr. Kaar’s primary research will focus on maternal and child health including the following topics: dietary exposures during pregnancy & lactation and how these exposures may impact children’s eating habits in early childhood. An additional line of research will investigate whether and how both food preferences and total food intake impact infant growth and adiposity.​​​

  • Academic Achievement, University of Pittsburgh, 2005-2007
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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​]