Faculty & Staff

Ana Cristina Lindsay, DrPH, MPH, DDS

Associate Professor, Department of Exercise and Health Sciences


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Areas of Expertise

Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, Childhood Obesity Prevention, Minority Health, Health Disparities, Community-Based Health Promotion Research, Global Health with Special Focus on Latin America


DrPH, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
MPH, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts
DDS, Campos School of Dental Sciences, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professional Publications & Contributions

Additional Information

Dr. Lindsay’s program of research and scholarship focuses on understanding social contextual factors to improve health behaviors and reduce health disparities among multi-ethnic Latino (Hispanics and Brazilians) population groups in the U.S. and Latin America. Her research includes the application of mixed-method approaches to understanding family- and community-level influences on children’s and families’ health, with a special focus on understanding psychosocial and cultural determinants of lifestyle behaviors in early childhood (diet, physical activity, etc.) and risk of obesity among low-income, Latino immigrant families and children in the U.S. and Latin America. More recently, her research has focused on assessing cancer health disparities among Latinos including patient-provider communication. Current research projects include: 1) community-based research designed to understand psychosocial and cultural influences on Hispanic/Latino and Brazilian immigrant mothers’ child feeding practices and styles related to risk of childhood obesity, 2) mixed-methods research assessing physical activity and eating environments of Latino family child care homes, 3) qualitative research designed to examine physical activity beliefs and parenting practices of Brazilian-immigrant parents of preschool-aged children, and 4) mixed-methods research designed to improve communication disparities in the quality of communication between oncologists and Latinos with advanced cancer by developing a culturally-sensitive, patient-centered intervention supporting chemotherapy education for Latino patients with advanced gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. 

Dr. Lindsay is also Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.  

Teaching Expertise

Public Health Nutrition
Public Health Approaches to Child Nutrition and Physical Activity
Global Health and Nutrition

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

American Public Health Association (APHA)
International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA)
Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM)
Sociedad Latinoamericana de Nutrición (SLAN)

Research Interests

Nutrition and feeding in infancy and early childhood
Childhood obesity
The role of parents and caregivers in fostering the development and maintenance of early lifestyle behaviors (e.g., diet, physical activity, etc.)
The role of parents in cancer prevention.