The Institute Of Human Nutrition

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Faculty and Staff

MS Core Teaching Faculty


Sally A. Lederman, Ph.D.
Special Lecturer, Institute of Human Nutrition and Mailman School of Public Health




B.S. Brooklyn College
M.S. Columbia University
Ph.D. Columbia University


Special Studies I & II


Research Interests

Dr. Lederman has been involved in research focused on pregnancy and lactation for more than 3 decades. Her research has included studies of the effects of obesity and changes in body weight and composition during these reproductive stages in both animals and humans, with particular focus on the effects of maternal characteristics on the development of the fetus and breastfeeding child.  For several years she lead a study of pregnancy outcome and the growth and development of children who were in utero at the time of the WTC disaster (9-11-01), in collaboration with colleagues at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Data analysis and manuscript preparation continue on this project, which has followed the health and cognitive development of the offspring through age 7.


Recent Publications - Pubmed

Herbstman JB, Wang S, Perera FP, Lederman SA, Vishnevetsky J, Rundle AG, Hoepner LA, Qu L, Tang D. Predictors and consequences of global DNA methylation in cord blood and at three years. Accepted, PLOS ONE, July 2013.

Akabas SR, Lederman SA, Moore BJ (Eds.) Textbook of Obesity: Biological, Psychological and Cultural Influences. Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publisher, 2012.

Lederman SA. The relation of pregnancy and lactation to obesity development in the mother and child. In, Akabas SR, Lederman SA, Moore BJ (Eds.) Textbook of Obesity: Biological, Psychological and Cultural Influences. Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers, 2012.

Thomas DM, Navarro-Barrientos JE, Rivera DE, Heymsfield SB, Bredlau C,  Redman LM, Martin CK, Lederman SA, Collins LM, Butte NF. A dynamic energy balance model predicting gestational weight gain.  Amer J Clin Nutr 2012;95:115-22.

Herbstman JB, Sjödin A, Kurzon M, Lederman SA, Jones RS, Rauh VA, Needham LL, Tang D, Niedzwiecki M, Wang RY, and Perera FP.  Prenatal exposure to PBDEs and neurodevelopment.  Environ Health Perspect 2010;118(5):712-9.

Lederman SA, Jones RL, Caldwell KL, Rauh V, Sheets SE, Tang D, Viswanathan S, Becker M, Stein JL, Wang RY, Perera FP.  Relation between cord blood mercury levels and early child development in a World Trade Center cohort.  Environ Health Perspect 2008; 116(8), 1085-91. 

Lederman SA, Becker M, Stein J, Tang D, Andrews H, Weiss L, Perera FP.  Modeling exposure to air pollution from the WTC disaster based on reports of perceived air pollution. Risk Analysis 2008; 28:1-15.


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