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Sylvia E Badon, PhD


Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 891-3638 (phone)

Sylvia Badon, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. Her research focuses on identifying aspects of maternal lifestyle during pregnancy that affect fetal programming of infant and childhood outcomes, and understanding the biological mechanisms that underlie these relationships. Dr. Badon’s research seeks to inform clinical and public health recommendations and interventions for healthy lifestyle during pregnancy. She is mentored by Drs. Monique Hedderson and Lyndsay Avalos.

Dr. Badon holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from Northwestern University, and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Washington. Her doctoral research focused on maternal physical activity and sedentary behavior during pregnancy and infant growth.

Current Position(s):

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California

Section Affiliations:

Primary Research Interests:

  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Maternal lifestyle during pregnancy
  • Fetal growth and childhood obesity
  • Gestational diabetes

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    Risk factors for low birth weight among rural and urban Malaysian women

    Author(s): Kaur S; Ng CM; Badon SE; Jalil RA; Maykanathan D; Yim HS; Jan Mohamed HJ

    BMC Public Health. 2019 Jun 13;19(Suppl 4):539. Epub 2019-06-13.

    PubMed abstract

    Pre- and Early Pregnancy Onset Depression and Subsequent Rate of Gestational Weight Gain

    Author(s): Badon SE; Hedderson MM; Hyde RJ; Quesenberry CP; Avalos LA

    J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2019 May 07.

    PubMed abstract

    Associations of pre-pregnancy body mass index, middle-upper arm circumference, and gestational weight gain

    Author(s): Ng CM; Badon SE; Dhivyalosini M; Hamid JJM; Rohana AJ; Teoh AN; Satvinder K

    Sex Reprod Healthc. 2019 Jun;20:60-65. Epub 2019-03-19.

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    A Pre-Pregnancy Biomarker Risk Score Improves Prediction of Future Gestational Diabetes

    Author(s): Badon SE; Zhu Y; Sridhar SB; Xu F; Lee C; Ehrlich SF; Quesenberry CP; Hedderson MM

    J Endocr Soc. 2018 Oct 01;2(10):1158-1169. Epub 2018-09-13.

    PubMed abstract

    Maternal sedentary behavior during pre-pregnancy and early pregnancy and mean offspring birth size: a cohort study

    Author(s): Badon SE; Littman AJ; Chan KCG; Williams MA; Enquobahrie DA

    BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2018 Jun 27;18(1):267. Epub 2018-06-27.

    PubMed abstract

    Healthy Lifestyle During Early Pregnancy and Risk of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

    Author(s): Badon SE; Enquobahrie DA; Wartko PD; Miller RS; Qiu C; Gelaye B; Sorensen TK; Williams MA

    Am J Epidemiol. 2017 Aug 1;186(3):326-333. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwx095.

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    Maternal healthy lifestyle during early pregnancy and offspring birthweight: differences by offspring sex

    Author(s): Badon SE; Miller RS; Qiu C; Sorensen TK; Williams MA; Enquobahrie DA

    J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2017 Apr 3:1-7. doi: 10.1080/14767058.2017.1309383.

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    Placental genetic variations in vitamin D metabolism and birthweight

    Author(s): Workalemahu T; Badon SE; Dishi-Galitzky M; Qiu C; Williams MA; Sorensen T; Enquobahrie DA

    Placenta. 2017 Feb;50:78-83. doi: 10.1016/j.placenta.2016.12.028. Epub 2016 Dec 27.

    PubMed abstract

    Leisure Time Physical Activity and Gestational Diabetes Mellitus in the Omega Study

    Author(s): Badon SE; Wartko PD; Qiu C; Sorensen TK; Williams MA; Enquobahrie DA

    PubMed abstract

    Maternal Leisure Time Physical Activity and Infant Birth Size

    Author(s): Badon SE; Wander PL; Qiu C; Miller RS; Williams MA; Enquobahrie DA

    Epidemiology. 2016 Jan;27(1):74-81. doi: 10.1097/EDE.0000000000000399.

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    Associations of Early and Late Gestational Weight Gain with Infant Birth Size

    Author(s): Wander PL; Sitlani CM; Badon SE; Siscovick DS; Williams MA; Enquobahrie DA

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    Genetic risk score for prediction of newborn adiposity and large-for-gestational-age birth

    Author(s): Chawla R; Badon SE; Rangarajan J; Reisetter AC; Armstrong LL; Lowe LP; Urbanek M; Metzger BE; Hayes MG; Scholtens DM; Lowe WL Jr

    J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2014 Nov;99(11):E2377-86. doi: 10.1210/jc.2013-4221. Epub 2014 Aug 19.

    PubMed abstract

    Gestational weight gain and neonatal adiposity in the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcome study-North American region

    Author(s): Badon SE; Dyer AR; Josefson JL

    Obesity (Silver Spring). 2014 Jul;22(7):1731-8. doi: 10.1002/oby.20742. Epub 2014 Mar 27.

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