Elizabeth L. Prado, Ph.D.

Elizabeth Prado

Position Title
Associate Professor
Associate Nutritionist in AES

3243 Meyer Hall
  • B.A., Linguistics, Georgetown University
  • M.S., Linguistics, Georgetown University
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Lancaster University, UK
Research Interests

Dr. Prado’s research includes:

  1. The effect of nutrition on brain development in children
  2. The effect of nutrition on cognition, mood, and caregiving in mothers
  3. The cross-cultural and cross-linguistic adaptation and validation of tests of motor, cognitive, and socio-emotional function in children and adults.

Lab: http://trellislab.ucdavis.edu/

Selected Publications

Nguyen, P., Ocansey, E. M., Miller, M., Le, D. T. K., Schmidt, R. J., Prado, E. L. (2019). The reliability and validity of the Social Responsiveness Scale to measure autism symptomology in Vietnamese children. Autism Research. Epub ahead of print. 2019 July 29. [Wiley Online Library

Prado, E. L., E. Yakes Jimenez, S. Vosti, R. Stewart, C. P. Stewart, J. Somé, A. Pulakka, J. B. Ouédraogo, H. Okronipa, E. Ocansey, B. Oaks, K. Maleta, A. Lartey, E. Kortekangas, S. Y. Hess, K. Brown, J. Bendabenda, U. Ashorn, P. Ashorn, M. Arimond, S. Adu-Afarwuah, S. Abbeddou and K. Dewey. (2019). Path analyses of risk factors for linear growth faltering in four prospective cohorts of young children in Ghana, Malawi and Burkina Faso. British Medical Journal Global Health 4(1): e001155. [PubMed]

Ocansey, M. E., S. Adu-Afarwuah, S. M. Kumordzie, H. Okronipa, R. R. Young, S. M. Tamakloe, B. M. Oaks, K. G. Dewey and E. L. Prado. (2019). Prenatal and postnatal lipid-based nutrient supplementation and cognitive, social-emotional, and motor function in preschool-aged children in Ghana: a follow-up of a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr. [PubMed]

Prado EL, Phuka J, Ocansey E, Maleta K, Ashorn P, Ashorn U, Adu-Afarwuah S, Oaks BM, Lartey A, Dewey KG. A method to develop vocabulary checklists in new languages and their validity to assess early language development. J Health Popul Nutr. 2018 May 11;37(1):13. [PubMed]

Aboud FE, Prado EL. Measuring the implementation of early childhood development programs.Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2018 May;1419(1):249-263. [PubMed]

Prado EL, Ashorn U, Phuka J, Maleta K, Sadalaki J, Oaks BM, Haskell M, Allen LH, Vosti SA, Ashorn P, Dewey KG. Associations of maternal nutrition during pregnancy and post-partum with maternal cognition and caregiving. Matern Child Nutr. 2018 Apr;14(2):e12546. [PubMed]

Kumwenda C, Hemsworth J, Phuka J, Ashorn U, Arimond M, Maleta K, Prado EL, Haskell MJ, Dewey KG, Ashorn P. Association between breast milk intake at 9-10 months of age and growth and development among Malawian young children. Matern Child Nutr. 2018 Jan 19. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Ashorn, U., Phuka, J., Maleta, K., Sadalaki, J., Oaks,  B. M., Haskell, M., Allen, L. H., Vosti, S. A., Ashorn, P., Dewey, K. G. (2017). Associations of maternal nutrition during pregnancy and postpartum with maternal cognition and mother-child interaction. Maternal & Child Nutrition. (Epub ahead of print). [PubMed]

Semrud-Clikeman, M., Romero, R. A. A., Prado, E. L., Shapiro, E. G., Bangirana, P., & John, C. C. (2017). Selecting measures for the neurodevelopmental assessment of children in low- and middle-income countries. Child Neuropsychology, 23(7), 761-802. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Abbeddou, S., Adu-Afarwuah, S., Arimond, M., Ashorn, P., Ashorn, U., Bendabenda, J., Brown, K. H., Hess, S. Y., Kortekangas, E., Lartey, A., Maleta, K., Oaks, B., Ocansey, E., Okronipa, H., Ouédraogo, J. B., Pulakka, A., Somé, J., Stewart, C., Stewart, R., Vosti, S. A., Yakes Jimenez, E., Dewey, K. G. (2017). Predictors and pathways of language and motor development in four large prospective cohorts of young children in Ghana, Malawi, and Burkina Faso. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. (Epub ahead of print). [PubMed]

Prado EL, Sebayang SK, Apriatni M, Adawiyah SR, Hidayati N, Islamiyah A, Siddiq S, Harefa B, Lum J, Alcock KJ, Ullman MT, Muadz H, Shankar AH. Maternal multiple micronutrient supplementation and other biomedical and socioenvironmental influences on children's cognition at age 9-12 years in Indonesia: follow-up of the SUMMIT randomised trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2017 Feb;5(2):e217-e228. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Abbeddou, S., Yakes Jimenez, E., Somé, J. W., Dewey, K. G., Brown, K. H., & Hess, S. Y. (2016). Effects of an intervention on growth and development: evidence for different mechanisms at work. Maternal & Child Nutrition. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 May 4. [PubMed]

Stewart, R., Ashorn, P., Umar, E., Dewey, K., Ashorn, U., Creed, F., Rahman, A. Tomenson, B., Prado, E. L., Maleta, K. (2016). The impact of maternal diet fortification with lipid-based nutrient supplements on postpartum depression in rural Malawi: a randomised-controlled trial. Maternal & Child Nutrition. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 Apr 5. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Abbeddou, S., Yakes Jimenez, E., Somé, J. W., Ouédraogo, Z. P., Vosti, S. A., et al. (2016). Lipid-based nutrient supplements plus malaria and diarrhea treatment increase infant development scores in a cluster-randomized trial in Burkina Faso. Journal of Nutrition. J Nutr. 2016 Mar 9. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Phuka, J., Maleta, K., Ashorn, P., Ashorn, U., Vosti, S. A., & Dewey, K. G. (2016). Provision of lipid-based nutrient supplements from age 6 to 18 months does not affect infant development scores in a randomized trial in Malawi. Maternal & Child Health. Matern Child Health J. 2016 Jul 9. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Adu-Afarwuah S., Lartey A., Ocansey M., Ashorn P., Vosti S. A., & Dewey, K. G. (2016). Effects of pre- and post-natal lipid-based nutrient supplements on infant development in Ghana. Early Hum Dev, 99, 43-51. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Maleta, K., Ashorn, P., Ashorn, U., Vosti, S. A., Sadalaki, J., & Dewey, K. G. (2016). Effects of maternal and child lipid-based nutrient supplements on infant development: a randomized trial in Malawi. Am J Clin Nutr, 103(3), 784-793. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., & Dewey, K. G. (2014). Nutrition and brain development in early life. Nutrition Reviews, 72(4), 267-284. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Abubakar, A. A., Abbeddou, S., Jimenez, E. Y., Some, J. W., & Ouedraogo, J. B. (2014). Extending the Developmental Milestones Checklist for use in a different context in Sub-Saharan Africa. Acta paediatrica, 103(4), 447-454. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Alcock, K. J., Muadz, H., Ullman, M. T., & Shankar, A. H. (2012). Maternal multiple micronutrient supplements and child cognition: a randomized trial in Indonesia. Pediatrics, 130(3), e536-546. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Ullman, M. T., Muadz, H., Alcock, K. J., & Shankar, A. H. (2012). The effect of maternal multiple micronutrient supplementation on cognition and mood during pregnancy and postpartum in Indonesia: a randomized trial. PloS one, 7(3), e32519. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L. & Dewey, K. (2012) Nutrition and brain development in early life. Alive & Thrive Technical Brief Issue 4, January 2012. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., Hartini, S., Rahmawati, A., Ismayani, E., Hidayati, A., Hikmah, N., et al. (2010). Test selection, adaptation, and evaluation: Three critical steps to assess nutritional influences on child development in developing countries. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 80, 31-53. [PubMed]

Prado, E. L., & Ullman, M. T. (2009). Can imageability help us draw the line between storage and composition? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 35(4), 849-866. [PubMed]