Ana Cristina Lindsay

Adjunct Associate Professor of Nutrition

Department of Nutrition

665 Huntington Avenue
Building II, Room 305
Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Research Interests

Dr. Lindsay’s research and scholarship focus is on understanding family- and community-level  influences on children’s health and nutrition, with a special focus on social 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. Much of her research has focused on family-based prevention and health promotion research and interventions to improve dietary behaviors, increase physical activity, and prevent obesity among Latinos conducted in partnership with state- and federal-level programs serving low-income families in the U.S. (e.g., WIC program) and Latin America (e.g., Saude da Familia and Bolsa Familia programs in Brazil).

Other Affiliations

Associate Professor, Department of Exercise and Health Sciences, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston

Research Associate, The Maurice Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy The Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy

Selected Publications

Health Disparities and Minority Health

Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Greaney M, Wang M, Peterson KE. Using qualitative methods to design a culturally appropriate child feeding questionnaire for low-income, Latina mothers. (2012). Maternal and Child Health Journal, Volume 16, Issue 4, pp. 860-866.

Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Greaney M, Peterson KE. (2011). Latina Mothers’ Beliefs and Practices related to Weight Status, Feeding and the Development of Child Overweight.  Public Health Nursing Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 107–118.

LindsayAC, Sussner KM, Greaney ML, Mierzwa S, Rich-Edwards J, Wiecha J, Peterson K. (2010). Understanding the Data-Action Cycle of Surveillance: A Qualitative Study of Federal and State Stakeholders.  Health Promot Pract., Mar;11(2):188-96. Epub 2008 Dec 19.

Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Greaney M, Peterson KE. (2009). Influence of Social Context on Eating, Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviors of Latina Mothers’ and Their Preschool-Aged Children. Health Educ Behav. Feb;36(1):81-96. Epub 2008 Aug 8.

Sussner KM, Lindsay AC, Peterson KE. (2009).The influence of maternal acculturation status on early child BMI at 24 and 36 months in Latino immigrants. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009 Feb;109(2):218-25.

Sussner KM, Lindsay AC, Peterson KE. (2008). The Influence of Maternal Acculturation on Breastfeeding Incidence and Duration in Latino Immigrants. J Biosoc Sci. 2008; 40(5):673-96.

Sussner KM, Lindsay AC, Greaney ML, Peterson KE. (2008). The Influence of Immigrant Status and Acculturation on the Development of Overweight in Latino Families: A Qualitative Study. J Immigr Minor Health., Dec;10(6):497-505.

Greaney, M.L., Hardwick, C., Megzebu, S., Lindsay, A.C., Roover M.L.; Peterson, K.E. (2007).  Assessing the feasibility of a multi-program intervention to promote physical activity and healthful eating in middle schools prior to wide-scale implementation. American Journal of Health Education; 38(5): 250-257.

Dubowitz T, Acevedo-Garcia D, Salkeld J, Lindsay AC, Subramanian SV, Peterson KE. (2007). Lifecourse, immigrant status and acculturation in food purchasing and preparation among low-income mothers. Public Health Nutr.;10(4):396-404.

Lindsay AC, Sussner KM, Kim J, Gortmaker S. (2006).  “The role of parents in preventing childhood obesity.” Future Child., Spring; 16(1):169-86.

Global Health and Nutrition

Lindsay AC, Tavares Machado MM, Wang M, De La Barrera R, Ferraro M, Peterson KE.  Child feeding practices and household food insecurity among low-income mothers in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  (2012). Ciênc. Saúde Coletiva [online], vol.17, n.3, pp. 661-669. ISSN 1413-8123.

Lima ASS, Machado MMT, Bezerra Filho JG, De Sousa Machado MFA, Magalhaes FB, Lindsay AC, Cunha AJL. (2012). Access, service delivery and factors associated with satisfaction of mothers of children under 5 years attending public primary care services in Fortaleza, Ceará. Ciênc. Saúde Coletiva.

Bossi MLM, Prado SD, Lindsay AC, Machado MMT, Carvalho MCVS.  O enfoque qualitativo na avaliação do consumo alimentar: fundamentos, aplicações e considerações operacionais. (2011). Revista de Saúde Coletiva, 21 [ 4 ]: 1287-1296.

Correia LL, Silveira DMI, Cavalcante e Silva A, Campos JS, Machado MMT, Rocha HAL, Cunha AJL, Lindsay AC. (2011). Prevalence and determinants of obesity and overweight among reproductive age women living in the semi-arid region of Brazil. Ciênc. Saúde Coletiva vol.16 no.1.

Tavares Machado MM, Lindsay AC, Mota GM, Arruda CAM, Amaral JJF, Forsberg B. (2011). Health Developments in Northeastern Brazil: A Community Perspective. Food Nutrition Bulletin, Volume 32, Number 2, pp. 103-111(9).

Pinheiro, PM, Machado MMT, Lindsay AC, Silva AVSE. (2010). Prevalence of breastfeeding among women attending a baby-friendly hospital in Quixada, Ceara. (2010). Revista da Rede de Enfermagem do Nordeste, Rev Rene. Fortaleza, v. 11, n.2, abr./jun.: 94-102.

Tavares Machado MM, Galvão MTG, Lindsay AC, Alves da Cunha AJL, Leite AJM, Leite RD, Kerr-Pontes LRS. (2009). Socio-demographic conditions of children 0-2 years old, born to mothers HIV+/AIDS in Fortaleza, Ceara. (2010). Rev. Bras. Saude Mater. Infant. vol.10 no.3 Recife July/Sept.

Lindsay AC, Tavares Machado M, Sussner KM, Hardwick C, Peterson K.  (2009). Brazilian mothers’ beliefs, attitudes and practices related to child weight status and early feeding within the context of nutrition transition. J Biosoc Sci.; 41 (1): 21-37.

Lindsay AC, Tavares Machado M, Sussner KM, Hardwick C., Peterson KE. (2008) Infant feeding practices and beliefs about weaning among low-income Brazilian mothers: a qualitative study. Food Nutr Bull, Vol.29(1): 15-24.

Lindsay AC, Dubowitz T., Andrade FM, Peterson KE. (2007). Maternal Health Care Services in the State of Ceará, Northeast Brazil. Journal of Women Health and Urban Life; Vol. VI (1): 60 – 78.

Colón-Ramos U, Lindsay AC, Monge-Rojas R, Greaney M, Campos H, Peterson KE. (2007). Translating research into action: a case study on trans fatty acid research and nutrition policy in Costa Rica Health Policy and Plan.;22(6):363-74.

Tavares Machado MM, Galvão MTG, Kerr-Pontes LRS, Alves da Cunha AJL, Leite AJM, Lindsay AC, Leite RD, Leite CAC. (2007). Access and use of infant formula and other foods among children born to HIV positive mothers. Práticas alimentares entre crianças nascidas de mulheres com HIV/Aids, no nordeste do Brasil. Revista Eletronica de Enfermagem, vol. 09 (no.3): 699-711.


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