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Cristina Palacios
Title Dr
Faculty Rank Associate Professor
Degree PhD
Institution Florida International University
Department Human Health
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Florida International University
4rth floor, ofic B450 Nutrition Program
City Miami
State FL
Postal Code 33172
Telephone 305
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2008 Association for University Professors (APPU) Travel grants
2010 Latin-American Nutrition Archives (Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutr) Editorial Board Member
2010 National Institute of Nutrition of Venezuela Advisory Board for Nutritional Recommendations revision
2011 American Society for Nutrition Advisory Board for the Vitamins and Minerals Research Interest Sectio
2011 Scientific World JOURNAL Editorial Board Member
2011 UPR, Rio Piedras Campus Advisory Board for the Nutrition and Dietetics Program.
2012 Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal Associate Editor
2012 WHO External Editorial Reviewer for ELENA
2014 Dannon Institute Fellow, Dannon Institute’s 2014 Academic Mid-Career Nutrition Leadership Institute
2014 FASEB MARC FASEB MARC travel award for Experimental Biology

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  I obtained a PhD in the Nutrition Department at Purdue University, focusing in vitamin and mineral metabolism by conducting several metabolic studies in adolescents under the direction of Dr. Connie M Weaver, generating several publications (AJCN 2010, Am J Med Sci. 2008, AJCN 2007, AJCN 2005, JCEM 2004). I later continued postdoctoral training with Dr. Weaver in the same area. From 2006-2017, I was a full time faculty in the Nutrition Program, School of Public Health of the University of Puerto Rico. Currently, I am an associate Professor at the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition, in the Stempel College of Public Health, at Florida International University. I have been involved in several NIH-funded randomized clinical trials (RCT) in children, adolescents and pregnant women and in other non NIH-funded studies in infants and young adults. In these trials I have tested, in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary group, the effects of various nutritional interventions on body composition. In particular, we tested a life-style RCT intervention among pregnant obese women to promote adequate gestational weight gain. We also recently completed a RCT using mindfulness among college age students for weight reduction. We have also tested different technologies, such as short mobile messages and mobile applications, on obesity prevention. We completed a trial using short mobile messages in parents and guardians of infants 0-2 months for promoting adequate weight gain in the first few months of life. Also, we are currently conducting a trial to test a new website to deliver the nutrition education among WIC participants. In addition, we pilot tested the smartphone application MyNutricart among overweight and obese adults for improving diet and weight. Since 2010, she serves as a Consultant for the Nutrition Department at the World Health Organization as a leading expert on Vitamin D and since 2016, she is a consultant for the Pan-American Health Organization in infant nutrition. She has more than 65 publications in peer-reviewed journals, chapters in books and in non-peer reviewed journal. She has mentored >50 students involving them in her research projects. She has taught a wide-range of courses and seminars and has presented more than 30 conferences in the US and in different countries, including Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and Venezuela. In addition, she has been involved in different service committees on national and international levels, and serve as an active member of the American Society of Nutrition and the Latin-American Nutrition Society (SLAN). She is an editorial Board Member of the Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal, Scientific World Journal, Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutrición and an external editorial reviewer for the WHO. She has been an active reviewer for more than 30 scientific journals. Finally, a key aspect in the translation of her research has been the development of community collaborations, such as with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children. Recently, she was awarded a three-year Robert Wood Johnson grant to improve the effectiveness of WIC’s nutrition education by partnering with the community and levering technology. She also has been funded by NIH, USDA, RCMI and RTRN

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1. Halperin DT, Laux J, LeFranc-García C, Araujo C, Palacios C. Findings From a Randomized Trial of Weight Gain Prevention Among Overweight Puerto Rican Young Adults. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2018 Oct 02.
2. Gibby CLK, Palacios C, Campos M, Lim E, Banna J. Breastfeeding Discontinuation Not Associated with Maternal Pregravid BMI But Associated with Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Race in Hawaii and Puerto Rico WIC Participants. Matern Child Health J. 2018 Jul 13.
3. Palacios C, Campos M, Gibby C, Meléndez M, Lee JE, Banna J. Effect of a Multi-Site Trial using Short Message Service (SMS) on Infant Feeding Practices and Weight Gain in Low-Income Minorities. J Am Coll Nutr. 2018 Sep-Oct; 37(7):605-613.
4. Banna J, Campos M, Gibby C, Graulau RE, Meléndez M, Reyes A, Lee JE, Palacios C. Multi-site trial using short mobile messages (SMS) to improve infant weight in low-income minorities: Development, implementation, lessons learned and future applications. Contemp Clin Trials. 2017 Nov; 62:56-60.
5. Corsino L, Sotres-Alvarez D, Butera NM, Siega-Riz AM, Palacios C, Pérez CM, Albrecht SS, Espinoza Giacinto RA, Perera MJ, Horn LV, Avilés-Santa ML. Association of the DASH dietary pattern with insulin resistance and diabetes in US Hispanic/Latino adults: results from the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). BMJ Open Diabetes Res Care. 2017; 5(1):e000402.
6. Amaro-Rivera K, López-Cepero A, Diaz B, Lee JE, Palacios C. Micronutrient Intake and the Contribution of Dietary Supplements in Hispanic Infants. J Diet Suppl. 2018 Mar 04; 15(2):129-139.
7. Palacios C, Daniel CR, Tirado-Gómez M, Gonzalez-Mercado V, Vallejo L, Lozada J, Ortiz A, Hughes DC, Basen-Engquist K. Dietary Patterns in Puerto Rican and Mexican-American Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Study. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 04; 19(2):341-348.
8. Lopez-Cepero A, Valencia A, Jimenez J, Lemon SC, Palacios C, Rosal MC. Comparison of Dietary Quality Among Puerto Ricans Living in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico. J Immigr Minor Health. 2017 04; 19(2):494-498.
9. Palacios C, Rivas-Tumanyan S, Santiago-Rodríguez EJ, Sinigaglia O, Ríos EM, Campos M, Diaz B, Willett W. A Semi-Quantitative Food Frequency Questionnaire Validated in Hispanic Infants and Toddlers Aged 0 to 24 Months. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2017 Apr; 117(4):526-535.e9.
10. López D, Torres M, Vélez J, Grullon J, Negrón E, Pérez CM, Palacios C. Development and Evaluation of a Nutritional Smartphone Application for Making Smart and Healthy Choices in Grocery Shopping. Healthc Inform Res. 2017 Jan; 23(1):16-24.
11. Palacios C, Rivas-Tumanyan S, Morou-Bermúdez E, Colon AM, Torres RY, Elías-Boneta AR. Association between Type, Amount, and Pattern of Carbohydrate Consumption with Dental Caries in 12-Year-Olds in Puerto Rico. Caries Res. 2016; 50(6):560-570.
12. Ríos EM, Sinigaglia O, Diaz B, Campos M, Palacios C. Development of a Diet Quality Score for Infants and Toddlers and its association with weight. J Nutrit Health Food Sci. 2016; 4(4).
13. Molina J, Amaro K, Pérez CM, Palacios C. Sleep Duration, Sedentary Behaviors, and Physical Activity across Weight Status in Hispanic Toddlers' Participants of the WIC Program. J Child Obes. 2016; 1(4).
14. Abreu OJ, Tatakis DN, Elias-Boneta AR, López Del Valle L, Hernandez R, Pousa MS, Palacios C. Low vitamin D status strongly associated with periodontitis in Puerto Rican adults. BMC Oral Health. 2016 Sep 02; 16(1):89.
15. Sinigaglia OE, Ríos EM, Campos M, Díaz B, Palacios C. Breastfeeding practices, timing of introduction of complementary beverages and foods and weight status in infants and toddlers participants of a WIC clinic in Puerto Rico. Springerplus. 2016; 5(1):1437.
16. Lopez-Cepero A, Torres R, Elias A, Rosal MC, Palacios C. Micronutrient Intake among Children in Puerto Rico: Dietary and Multivitamin-Multimineral Supplement Sources. Int J Vitam Nutr Res. 2015 Dec; 85(5-6):329-339.
17. Torres R, Soltero S, Trak MA, Tucker CM, Mendez K, Campos M, Willett W, Melendez M, Gillman MW, Franks PW, Joshipura K, Pomeroy J, Palacios C. Lifestyle modification intervention for overweight and obese Hispanic pregnant women: development, implementation, lessons learned and future applications. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2016 Aug 15; 3:111-116.
18. De-Regil LM, Palacios C, Lombardo LK, Peña-Rosas JP. Vitamin D supplementation for women during pregnancy. Sao Paulo Med J. 2016 May-Jun; 134(3):274-5.
19. Palacios C, De-Regil LM, Lombardo LK, Peña-Rosas JP. Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy: Updated meta-analysis on maternal outcomes. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2016 11; 164:148-155.
20. Joshipura K, Muñoz-Torres F, Vergara J, Palacios C, Pérez CM. Neck Circumference May Be a Better Alternative to Standard Anthropometric Measures. J Diabetes Res. 2016; 2016:6058916.
21. De-Regil LM, Palacios C, Lombardo LK, Peña-Rosas JP. Vitamin D supplementation for women during pregnancy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Jan 14; (1):CD008873.
22. Diaz GM, González L, Ramos-Trautmann G, Pérez CM, Palacios C. Vitamin D Status Is Associated with Metabolic Syndrome in a Clinic-Based Sample of Hispanic Adults. Metab Syndr Relat Disord. 2016 06; 14(5):259-64.
23. Mama SK, Song J, Ortiz A, Tirado-Gomez M, Palacios C, Hughes DC, Basen-Engquist K. Longitudinal social cognitive influences on physical activity and sedentary time in Hispanic breast cancer survivors. Psychooncology. 2017 02; 26(2):214-221.
24. Guilloty NI, Soto R, Anzalota L, Rosario Z, Cordero JF, Palacios C. Diet, Pre-pregnancy BMI, and Gestational Weight Gain in Puerto Rican Women. Matern Child Health J. 2015 Nov; 19(11):2453-61.
25. López-Cepero AA, Palacios C. Association of the Intestinal Microbiota and Obesity. P R Health Sci J. 2015 Jun; 34(2):60-4.
26. Soto R, Guilloty N, Anzalota L, Rosario Z, Cordero JF, Palacios C. Association between maternal diet factors and hemoglobin levels, glucose tolerance, blood pressure and gestational age in a Hispanic population. Arch Latinoam Nutr. 2015 Jun; 65(2):86-96.
27. Elías-Boneta AR, Toro MJ, Garcia O, Torres R, Palacios C. High prevalence of overweight and obesity among a representative sample of Puerto Rican children. BMC Public Health. 2015 Mar 05; 15:219.
28. González L, Ramos-Trautmann G, Díaz-Luquis GM, Pérez CM, Palacios C. Vitamin D status is inversely associated with obesity in a clinic-based sample in Puerto Rico. Nutr Res. 2015 Apr; 35(4):287-93.
29. Palacios C, Trak MA, Betancourt J, Joshipura K, Tucker KL. Validation and reproducibility of a semi-quantitative FFQ as a measure of dietary intake in adults from Puerto Rico. Public Health Nutr. 2015 Oct; 18(14):2550-8.
30. Ramos-Trautmann G, González L, Díaz-Luquis G, Pérez CM, Palacios C. Inverse Association between Vitamin D Status and Diabetes in a Clinic Based Sample of Hispanic Adults in Puerto Rico. Diabetes Res (Fairfax). 2015 Apr; 1(1):5-11.
31. Serrano M, Torres R, Pérez CM, Palacios C. Social environment factors, diet quality, and body weight in 12-year-old children from four public schools in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2014 Jun; 33(2):80-7.
32. Palacios C, Martin BR, McCabe GP, McCabe L, Peacock M, Weaver CM. Dietary calcium requirements do not differ between Mexican-American boys and girls. J Nutr. 2014 Aug; 144(8):1167-73.
33. Torres R, Santos E, Orraca L, Elias A, Palacios C. Diet quality, social determinants, and weight status in Puerto Rican children aged 12 years. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Aug; 114(8):1230-5.
34. Torres R, Serrano M, Pérez CM, Palacios C. Physical environment, diet quality, and body weight in a group of 12-year-old children from four public schools in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2014 Mar; 33(1):14-21.
35. Macías-Tomei C, Palacios C, Mariño Elizondo M, Carías D, Noguera D, Chávez Pérez JF. [Reference values of calcium, vitamin D, phosphorus, magnesium and fluoride for the Venezuelan population]. Arch Latinoam Nutr. 2013 Dec; 63(4):362-82.
36. Palacios C, Gonzalez L. Is vitamin D deficiency a major global public health problem? J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2014 Oct; 144 Pt A:138-45.
37. González AM, Cruz SY, Ríos JL, Pagán I, Fabián C, Betancourt J, Rivera-Soto WT, González MJ, Palacios C. Alcohol consumption and smoking and their associations with socio-demographic characteristics, dietary patterns, and perceived academic stress in Puerto Rican college students. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Jun; 32(2):82-8.
38. Betancourt J, Ríos JL, Pagán I, Fabián C, González AM, Cruz SY, González MJ, Rivera WT, Palacios C. Non-medical use of prescription drugs and its association with socio-demographic characteristics, dietary pattern, and perceived academic load and stress in college students in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Jun; 32(2):89-94.
39. Ríos JL, Betancourt J, Pagán I, Fabián C, Cruz SY, González AM, González MJ, Rivera-Soto WT, Palacios C. Caffeinated-beverage consumption and its association with socio-demographic characteristics and self-perceived academic stress in first and second year students at the University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus (UPR-MSC). P R Health Sci J. 2013 Jun; 32(2):95-100.
40. Palacios C, Wigertz K, Braun M, Martin BR, McCabe GP, McCabe L, Pratt JH, Peacock M, Weaver CM. Magnesium retention from metabolic-balance studies in female adolescents: impact of race, dietary salt, and calcium. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013 May; 97(5):1014-9.
41. Fabián C, Pagán I, Ríos JL, Betancourt J, Cruz SY, González AM, Palacios C, González MJ, Rivera-Soto WT. Dietary patterns and their association with sociodemographic characteristics and perceived academic stress of college students in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Mar; 32(1):36-43.
42. Cruz SY, Fabián C, Pagán I, Ríos JL, González AM, Betancourt J, González MJ, Rivera-Soto WT, Palacios C. Physical activity and its associations with sociodemographic characteristics, dietary patterns, and perceived academic stress in students attending college in Puerto Rico. P R Health Sci J. 2013 Mar; 32(1):44-50.
43. Olivera EJ, Palacios C. Use of supplements in Puerto Rican older adults residing in an elderly project. P R Health Sci J. 2012 Dec; 31(4):213-9.
44. Caro Y, Negrón V, Palacios C. Association between vitamin D levels and blood pressure in a group of Puerto Ricans. P R Health Sci J. 2012 Sep; 31(3):123-9.
45. Palacios C, Segarra A, Trak M, Colón I. Reproducibility and validity of a food frequency questionnaire to estimate calcium intake in Puerto Ricans. Arch Latinoam Nutr. 2012 Sep; 62(3):205-12.
46. Pomeroy J, Palacios C. Translating Findings from Lifestyle Intervention Trials of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes to the Primary Care Setting. Curr Nutr Rep. 2012 Dec; 1(4):215-221.
47. De-Regil LM, Palacios C, Ansary A, Kulier R, Peña-Rosas JP. Vitamin D supplementation for women during pregnancy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2012 Feb 15; (2):CD008873.
48. Palacios C, Gil K, Pérez CM, Joshipura K. Determinants of vitamin D status among overweight and obese Puerto Rican adults. Ann Nutr Metab. 2012; 60(1):35-43.
49. Preston AM, Palacios C, Rodríguez CA, Vélez-Rodríguez RM. Validation and reproducibility of a semi-quantitative food frequency questionnaire for use in Puerto Rican children. P R Health Sci J. 2011 Jun; 30(2):58-64.
50. Palacios C, Pérez CM, Guzmán M, Ortiz AP, Ayala A, Suárez E. Association between adiposity indices and cardiometabolic risk factors among adults living in Puerto Rico. Public Health Nutr. 2011 Oct; 14(10):1714-23.
51. Soltero SM, Palacios C. Association between dietary patterns and body composition in a group or Puerto Rican obese adults: a pilot study. P R Health Sci J. 2011 Mar; 30(1):22-7.
52. Palacios C, Lopez M, Ortiz AP, Correa MC. Association between calcium intake and colorectal neoplasia in Puerto Rican Hispanics. Arch Latinoam Nutr. 2010 Dec; 60(4):348-54.
53. Palacios C, Bertrán JJ, Ríos RE, Soltero S. No effects of low and high consumption of dairy products and calcium supplements on body composition and serum lipids in Puerto Rican obese adults. Nutrition. 2011 May; 27(5):520-5.
54. Palacios C, Wigertz K, Martin BR, Braun M, Pratt JH, Peacock M, Weaver CM. Racial differences in potassium homeostasis in response to differences in dietary sodium in girls. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Mar; 91(3):597-603.
55. Palacios C, Joshipura K, Willett W. Nutrition and health: guidelines for dental practitioners. Oral Dis. 2009 Sep; 15(6):369-81.
56. Bonjour JP, Guéguen L, Palacios C, Shearer MJ, Weaver CM. Minerals and vitamins in bone health: the potential value of dietary enhancement. Br J Nutr. 2009 Jun; 101(11):1581-96.
57. Thierry-Palmer M, Henderson VM, Hammali RE, Cephas S, Palacios C, Martin BR, Weaver CM. Black and white female adolescents lose vitamin D metabolites into urine. Am J Med Sci. 2008 Apr; 335(4):278-83.
58. Palacios C, Benedetti P, Fonseca S. Impact of calcium intake on body mass index in Venezuelan adolescents. P R Health Sci J. 2007 Sep; 26(3):199-204.
59. Braun M, Palacios C, Wigertz K, Jackman LA, Bryant RJ, McCabe LD, Martin BR, McCabe GP, Peacock M, Weaver CM. Racial differences in skeletal calcium retention in adolescent girls with varied controlled calcium intakes. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Jun; 85(6):1657-63.
60. Palacios CA, Perales RA, Chavera AE, Lopez MT, Braga WU, Moro M. Eimeria macusaniensis and Eimeria ivitaensis co-infection in fatal cases of diarrhoea in young alpacas (Lama pacos) in Peru. Vet Rec. 2006 Mar 11; 158(10):344-5.
61. Palacios C. The role of nutrients in bone health, from A to Z. Crit Rev Food Sci Nutr. 2006; 46(8):621-8.
62. Wigertz K, Palacios C, Jackman LA, Martin BR, McCabe LD, McCabe GP, Peacock M, Pratt JH, Weaver CM. Racial differences in calcium retention in response to dietary salt in adolescent girls. Am J Clin Nutr. 2005 Apr; 81(4):845-50.
63. Palacios C, Wigertz K, Martin BR, Jackman L, Pratt JH, Peacock M, McCabe G, Weaver CM. Sodium retention in black and white female adolescents in response to salt intake. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2004 Apr; 89(4):1858-63.
64. Palacios C, Wigertz K, Weaver CM. Comparison of 24 hour whole body versus patch tests for estimating body surface electrolyte losses. Int J Sport Nutr Exerc Metab. 2003 Dec; 13(4):479-88.

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1. Palacios C, Lopez M, Ortiz AP, Cruz-Correa M. Arch Latinoam Nutr. Association between calcium intake and colorectal neoplasia in Puerto Rican Hispanics. 2010; 4(60):348-54.
2. Palacios C. . Anales Venezolanos de Nutrición. Lo nuevo en los requerimientos de calcio, propuesta para Venezuela. 2007; 2(20):99-10.
3. Palacios C. Anales Venezolanos de Nutrición. El Calcio y las enfermedades crónicas: Un resumen de las evidencias. 2003; 2(16):78-84.

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1. Pomeroy J & Palacios C. Current Nutrition Reports. Translating Findings from Lifestyle Intervention Trials of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes to the Primary Care Setting. 2012; 4(1):215-221.
2. Palacios C & Pena-Rosas JP. The WHO Reproductive Health Library. Calcium supplementation during pregnancy for preventing hypertensive disorders and related problems: RHL commentary. 2010.

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