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Alicia Peterson, PhD

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Kaiser Permanente Division of Research
2000 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94612

(510) 362-6122 (phone)
alicia.k.peterson@kp.org


Alicia Peterson, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research within the Women's and Children's Health Section and is a NIDDK T32 Fellow. Dr. Peterson completed her PhD in Epidemiology at the University of Southern California and her bachelor's degree in Public Health at the California State University, Los Angeles. 

Dr. Peterson's research has predominantly focused on prenatal exposure to environmental contaminants and their influence on in utero fetal growth and birth outcomes. She is particularly interested in assessing these associations in populations facing health disparities and how biologically measured stress and perceived stress may modify observed relationships. Her prior research concentrated on prenatal exposure to perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and ambient air pollution which was assessed with distributed lag models to identify critical windows of exposure. Currently, her research focuses on prenatal environmental exposures including PFAS and organophosphate flame retardants (OPFR) and their influence on metabolic outcomes experienced during pregnancy and early life adiposity. She is especially interested in evaluating exposure profiles through mixtures modeling approaches. This work is conducted within two DOR cohorts participating in the NIH funded Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) research coalition.


Current Position(s):

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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Primary Research Interests:

  • Perinatal epidemiology
  • Environmental epidemiology
  • Health disparities

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    Ambient air pollutants are associated with morning serum cortisol in overweight and obese Latino youth in Los Angeles.

    Author(s): Toledo-Corral, C M; Alderete, T L; Herting, M M; Habre, R; Peterson, A K; Lurmann, F; Goran, M I; Weigensberg, M J; Gilliland, F D

    Environ Health. 2021 Apr 8;20(1):39. doi: 10.1186/s12940-021-00713-2.

    PubMed abstract

    Prenatal Maternal Cortisol Levels and Infant Birth Weight in a Predominately Low-Income Hispanic Cohort.

    Author(s): Peterson, Alicia K; Toledo-Corral, Claudia M.; Chavez, Thomas A; Naya, Christine H; Johnson, Mark; Eckel, Sandrah P; Lerner, Deborah; Grubbs, Brendan H; Farzan, Shohreh F; Dunton, Genevieve F; Bastain, Theresa M; Breton, Carrie V

    Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Sep 21;17(18). pii: ijerph17186896. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17186896.

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    Third trimester cortisol is positively associated with gestational weight gain in pregnant women with class one obesity.

    Author(s): Naya, Christine H; Toledo-Corral, Claudia M; Chavez, Thomas; Lerner, Deborah; Lurvey, Nathana; Eckel, Sandrah P; Peterson, Alicia K; Grubbs, Brendan H; Dunton, Genevieve F; Breton, Carrie V; Bastain, Theresa M

    Int J Obes (Lond). 2022 Feb;46(2):366-373. doi: 10.1038/s41366-021-01009-8. Epub 2021 Oct 30.

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    Detected Prenatal Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) Exposure is Associated with Decreased Fetal Head Biometric Parameters in Participants Experiencing Higher Perceived Stress During Pregnancy in the MADRES Cohort

    Author(s): Alicia K. Peterson; Sandrah P. Eckel; Rima Habre; Tingyu Yang; Dema Faham; Monica Amin; Brendan H. Grubbs; Shohreh F. Farzan; Kurunthachalam Kannan; Morgan Robinson; Deborah Lerner; Laila A. Al-Marayati; Daphne K. Walker; Edward G. Grant; Carrie V. Breton; Theresa M. Bastain

    Environ Adv. 2022 Oct;9:100032. doi: 10.1016/j.envadv.2022.100286. Epub 2022 Sep 8.

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    Prenatal Perfluorooctanoic Acid (PFOA) Exposure is Associated with Lower Infant Birthweight Within the MADRES Pregnancy Cohort.

    Author(s): Peterson Alicia K; Eckel Sandrah P; Habre Rima; Yang Tingyu; Faham Dema; Farzan Shohreh F; Grubbs Brendan H; Kannan Kurunthachalam; Robinson Morgan; Lerner Deborah; Al-Marayati Laila A; Walker Daphne K; Grant Edward G; Bastain Theresa M; Breton Carrie V

    Front Epidemiol. 2022 Jul 13;2:934715. doi: 10.3389/fepid.2022.934715. Epub 2022 Jul 13.

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    Exploring the evidence for epigenetic regulation of environmental influences on child health across generations.

    Author(s): Breton, Carrie V; Landon, Remy; Kahn, Linda G; Enlow, Michelle Bosquet; Peterson, Alicia K; Bastain, Theresa; Braun, Joseph; Comstock, Sarah S; Duarte, Cristiane S; Hipwell, Alison; Ji, Hong; LaSalle, Janine M; Miller, Rachel L; Musci, Rashelle; Posner, Jonathan; Schmidt, Rebecca; Suglia, Shakira F; Tung, Irene; Weisenberger, Daniel; Zhu, Yeyi; Fry, Rebecca

    Commun Biol. 2021 Jun 22;4(1):769. doi: 10.1038/s42003-021-02316-6.

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