Brietta Oaks, Ph.D., M.P.H.

 Brietta  Oaks, Ph.D., M.P.H.


  • Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Department of Nutrition



B.S. (Biology) & B.A. (Sociology), The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
M.P.H. (Epidemiology), George Washington University, Washington, DC
Ph.D., Nutritional Biology, UC Davis, CA

Research Interests

Dr. Oaks' research focuses on maternal and child nutrition in lower-income populations. Research themes include the impact of nutritional interventions on biomarkers of health, factors associated with birth outcomes (cortisol, iron status, fatty acids, obesity, plasma lipids, inflammation), and the long-term effects of nutrition during pregnancy and infancy on child health.


Oaks BM, Young RR, Adu-Afarwuah S, Ashorn U, Jackson KH, Lartey A, Maleta K, Okronipa H, Sadalaki J, Baldiviez LM, Shahab-Ferdows S, Ashorn P, Dewey KG. Effects of a lipid-based nutrient supplement during pregnancy and lactation on maternal plasma fatty acid status and lipid profile: Results of two randomized controlled trials. Prostaglandins Leukot Essent Fatty Acids. 2017 Feb;117:28-35. [PubMed]

Oaks BM, Stewart CP, Laugero KD, Adu-Afarwuah S, Lartey A, Vosti SA, Ashorn P, Dewey KG. Maternal plasma cholesterol and duration of pregnancy: A prospective cohort study in Ghana. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 Dec 27. [PubMed]

Adu-Afarwuah S, Lartey A, Okronipa H, Ashorn P, Zeilani M, Baldiviez LM, Oaks BM, Vosti SA, Dewey KG. Impact of Small-Quantity Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplement on Hemoglobin, Iron Status and Biomarkers of Inflammation in Pregnant Ghanaian Women. Matern Child Nutr. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 Feb 29. [PubMed]

Oaks BM, Laugero KD, Stewart CP, Adu-Afarwuah S, Lartey A, Ashorn P, Vosti SA, Dewey KG. Late pregnancy salivary cortisol concentrations of Ghanaian women participating in a randomized controlled trial of prenatal lipid-based nutrient supplements. J Nutr . 2016 Jan [PubMed]

Stewart CP, Oaks BM, Laugero KD, Ashorn U, Harjunmaa U, Kumwenda C, Chaima D, Maleta K, Ashorn P, Dewey KG. Maternal cortisol and stress are associated with birth outcomes, but are not affected by lipid-based nutrient supplements during pregnancy: an analysis of data from a randomized controlled trial in rural Malawi. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015 Dec 22;15(1):346. [PubMed]

Oaks BM, Dodd KW, Meinhold CL, Jiao L, Church TR, Stolzenberg-Solomon RZ. Folate intake, post-folic acid grain fortification, and pancreatic cancer risk in the Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian Cancer Screening Trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Feb;91(2):449-55. [PubMed]