The role of Omega-3 fatty acids consumed during pregnancy in optimizing maternal and infant health outcomes. More specifically, research focused on the role of Omega-3 fatty acids in protecting biophysical properties of the neural cell for optimal cellular growth (during fetal neurodevelopment) and signaling (related to cognitive processes in infants and mood regulation in mothers). In addition to the general population, research populations of interest include those with known health disparities and those with metabolic complications altering lipid metabolism.
Grant Award (2016): Role: PI. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Herbert and Nylda Gemple Award, Association between dietary omega-3 fatty acid intake patterns and psychoneurological symptoms in women following treatment for early-stage breast cancer. Status: Project is underway.
Grant Award (2016): Role: PI. Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS) Pre-K Career Development Award supporting the development of research investigating the role of long chain omega-3 fatty acids in reducing inflammatory load, psychoneurological symptoms and expression of lipogenic genes in women following treatment for early-stage breast cancer. Status: Project is underway.
Grant Award (2015): Role: PI. Seafood Industry Research Fund (SIRF) to expand an existing pilot project to evaluate associations between Omega-3LCPUFA supplementation and inflammatory cytokines, BMI and postpartum depressive symptomatology. Status: Project is underway.
Grant Award (2015): Role: PI. CT Sea Grant to expand an existing survey project to Obstetric Physicians of attitudes, knowledge & prescribing patterns of Omega-3 with obstetric patients. Funded also to develop an informational web site and mobile app. Status: Project is underway
Grant Award (2014): Role: PI. TONER award from the University of Connecticut for a pilot project investigating associations between Omega-3LCPUFA supplementation and inflammatory cytokines (IL-6, IL-1, CRP, TNFα) and postpartum depressive symptomatology. Status: Manuscript in progress.
Grant Award (2013): Role: PI. Academy of Nutrition & Dieteticsto conduct a needs assessment of Certified Nurse Midwives attitudes, knowledge & prescribing patterns of Omega-3 with obstetric patients. Status: Project completed, Manuscript in preparation.
Training (2014/2015): PI Attended Jackson Laboratory’s 55th Annual Short Course on Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics. PI also established a working collaboration with Dr. Erin Young who is a Geneticist on faculty at the University of Connecticut with expertise in SNP analyses and who will collaborate on this investigation.
Journal Articles, Refereed
Judge, M.P., Casavant, S.G., Juliana A.M. Dias, McGrath, J. Placental DHA transfer is
reduced in diabetic pregnancies: exploring mechanistic underpinnings and long-term neurodevelopmental implications. Nutrition Reviews, 2016 VR Vol. 0(0):1–10 doi: 10.1093/nutrit/nuw006.
Lucas, R, Judge, M.P., Relationship Between Maternal Body Mass Index and Infant Breastfeeding Behaviors on
Exclusive Direct Breastfeeding, 2015, JOGNN 0:1-12; 2015. DOI: 10.1111/1552-6909.12755.
Judge, M.P., Polifroni, E.C., Zhu, S. Influence of student attributes on readiness for interprofessional learning across
multiple healthcare disciplines: Identifying factors to inform educational development. International
Journal of Nursing Sciences, 2015, 2:248-252, DOI:10.1016/j.ijnss.2015.07.007.
Perry, M., Judge, M.P., Millar, D., McDonald, D. An exploratory pilot of factors associated with premenstrual
syndrome in minority women. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 2015, 2(2): 118–122, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnss.2015.04.008.
Judge, M.P., Chang, L., Lammi-Keefe, C.J. Evidence of developmental continuity from birth to one year: sleep,
temperament, problem-solving, and recognition memory. Advances in
Neonatal Care, 2015, 15(2):125-133.
Judge, M., Polifroni, E.C., Maruca, A.,Hobson, M., Leschak, A., and Zakewicz, H. Evaluation of students’
receptiveness and response to an interprofessional learning activity across healthcare disciplines: An
approach toward team development in healthcare. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 2015,
2: 93-98, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnss.2015.01.003.
Judge, M.P., Beck, C.T., A, Durham, H, McKelvey,M., Lammi-Keefe, C.J. Pilot trial evaluating maternal
DHA consumption during pregnancy: decreased postpartum depressive symptomatology. International
Journal of Nursing Sciences, 2014: 1;339-345. doi:10.1016/j.ijnss.2014.10.005.
Judge, M.P., Cong, X. , Harel, O., Courville, A.P., Lammi-Keefe, C.J. Maternal consumption of a DHA
containing functional food benefits infant sleep patterning : An early neurodevelopmental measure Early Human Development, 2012, 88:231-237.
Courville, A.B., M.R. Keplinger, M.P. Judge, and C.J. Lammi-Keefe, Plasma or erythrocyte phospholipids can be used to assess DHA status during pregnancy. Nutr. Res., 2009, 29:151-155.
Judge, M.P., Harel, O., Lammi-Keefe, C.J., Benefit of a docosahexaenoic acid-functional food during pregnancy on infant visual acuity at 4 and 6 months of age. Lipids, 2007, 42(2):117-22.
Judge, M.P., Harel, O., Lammi-Keefe, C.J., Maternal Consumption of a DHA-functional food during pregnancy: comparison of infant performance on problem-solving and recognition memory tasks at 9 months of age. Am J Clin Nutr– Accepted January 29, 2007, publication June, 2007.
Loosemore, E.D., Judge, M.P., Lammi-Keefe, C.J., Dietary intake of essential and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy. Lipids, 2004. 39(5): 421-4.
Lammi-Keefe, C.J., Thoman, E.B., Cheruku, S.R., Montgomery-Downs, H.E., Farkas, S.L., Loosemore, E.D., DeMare, C.I., Keplinger, M.R., Mutungi, G., Judge, M.P., Ibarrola, B., Sleep patterns of infants immediately after birth reflect DHA status and CNS maturity. Proc. Internatl. Congress Essen. Fatty Acids and Eicosanoids, Huang, Y-S, Lin, S-J and Huang, P-C, Eds. AOCS Press, p. 105-111.
Judge, M.P., Beck, C.T., Postpartum Depression (Chapter). Nutrition & Pregnancy. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ. (In Press)
Durham, H., Judge, M.P., Nutrition for a Healthy Pregnancy and Baby. In Gullotta, T. & Bloom, M. (Eds.)
Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion II, Adult/Older Adult Volume. Springer, NY, NY
Judge, M.P., Diallo, A.F., Beck, C.T. The Effects of Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids on Maternal and Child
Mental Health. In Ross,R. & DeMeester,F. (Eds.). Omega 3 fatty acids in Brain and Neurologic health.
Elsevier,Philadelphia, PA. 2014, 121-129. DOI:10.1016/B978-0-12-410527-0.00011-9
Judge, M.P., Lammi-Keefe, C.J., Durham, H.A. Infant Visual Acuity and Diet/Nutrition. In V.R. Preedy (Ed.), International Handbook of Behavior, Diet and Nutrition (In press). Springer: N.Y., N.Y.
Rodriguez, N., Judge, M.P., Popular Diets (Chapter 13). Nutrition & Pregnancy. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ. May 2008.
Judge, M.P., Beck, C., Nutrition and Postpartum Depression (Chapter 19). Nutrition & Pregnancy. Humana Press, Totowa, NJ. May 2008.
Honors & Awards
SIGMA THETA TAU International 2015 Friend of Nursing Award
University of Connecticut School of Agriculture 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient.
2006 Special recognition award from the Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain for mentoring a doctoral student.
2004 Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (American Dietetic Association) Glenda Bible Memorial Scholarship recipient.
2003-Recipient of the American Dietetic Association student stipend award for the 2003 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo from the New York State Dietetic Association.
GAMMA SIGMA DELTA honor society (2002 – present).
1997 Recipient of the Outstanding Clinical Education Award from the University of Connecticut School of Allied Health.
SIGMA THETA TAU International, Ad hoc reviewer (July 2016).