College of Family and Consumer Sciences
Dr. Gallo is a clinician-scientist trained as a Registered Dietitian with a research background in child health.
|Degree||Field of Study||Institution||Graduation|
|PhD||Human Nutrition||McGill University||2013|
|MSc||Human Nutrition||McGill University||2007|
Maternal and infant nutrition is related to child growth and later health as an adult. Hence, Dr. Gallo's research focuses on nutrition during the critical periods of development, from pregnancy to childhood. She has conducted seminal work on infant vitamin D requirements and continues to explore adherence and the appropriateness of current vitamin D recommendations for bone development. She is also interested in the diets of young children and how these relate to healthy growth. She works with vulnerable populations including those participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Her most recent work includes the development of culturally adapted interventions for pediatric obesity management among Latinos.
Dr. Gallo has taught courses in Micronutrients, Nutrition Across the Lifespan, Nutritional Assessment and Nutrition Research Methods.
Prior Professional Positions
|Organization||Title||Years of Service|
|George Mason University / Nutrition and Food Studies||Assistant Professor||7|
|Award Name||Awarded By||Year Awarded|
|Anita Owen Award for Innovative Nutrition Education Programs for the Public||Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation||2020|
|Student Excellence Mentoring Award||Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), George Mason University||2019|
|Community Engagement Award||Potomac Health Foundation, for “VALÉ: A multidisciplinary childhood obesity treatment program for Latino communities"||2018|
|Shirley S. Travis Habit of Excellence Award||Award College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University||2016|
|Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics||Chair, Dissemination Subcommittee||2018-present||Facilitate the dissemination of research projects coming out of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Research, International and Scientific Affairs (RISA) committees.|
|Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics||Chair, Malnutrition in Pregnancy Evidence Analysis Project||2014-2018||Assist in the development of an evidence analysis library project for use by Academy members, tasks include: developing and prioritizing questions, developing inclusion and exclusion criteria, reviewing abstracts and sort lists, approving evidence...|
|Office of Student Scholarship, Creative Activities, and Research (OSCAR), George Mason University||Member, Student Scholarly Activities Committee||2015-2020||Review Undergraduate Research Scholars Program (URSP) applications, the Undergraduate Student Travel Program, and help OSCAR with other student-related decisions.|
Loudoun County Breastfeeding Coalition
Loudoun County Pediatric Obesity Coalition
Northern Virginia Healthy Kids Coalition
Virginia Head Start Health Advisory Committee
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Virginia WIC, Medical Advisory Committee, 2016-2019
American Dairy Association North East (ADANE), Diary Alliance, Health and Wellness Committee Member, 2015-2020
Areas of Expertise
Maternal and child nutrition
Human Nutrition and Food (FDNS 2100E)
Food and Nutrition Policy (FDNS 4600/6600E)
- Infant Vitamin D: Breast fed infants are susceptible to vitamin D deficiency because breast milk contains insufficient amounts. Hence, public health guidelines suggest infant vitamin D supplementation to begin at birth yet, only 1/3 of US infants meet this recommendation. Dr. Gallo's most recent work in this area explores adherence with current infant vitamin D policies and requirements among low-income and racially/ethnically diverse populations.
- Vidas Activas y Familias Saludables (VALÉ): Latino children have an almost 3-fold higher risk of obesity, compared to their white counterparts. They also have less access to treatment programs. With colleagues in exercise and psychology, Dr. Gallo has developed a culturally-adapted pediatric weight management program in Latino communities. She is currently testing the effectiveness of family-based, group treatment among low-income Latino children who are overweight or obese.
- What Children Eat: Errors in dietary assessment limit the ability to assess to detect true diet- diseases associations. Children are unique in dietary assessment due to developmental and cognitive immaturity. Dr. Gallo's work focuses on improving the accuracy of dietary recalls among elementary school-aged children, through exploring age, body mass index and race/ethnicity.
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Gallo, S. & Cheskin, L. (in press). Treatment of obesity: a review of diet, lifestyle and other approaches. Gastroenterology Clinics.
Pari-Keener, M., Gallo, S., Stahnke, B., McDermid, J.M., Itani Al-Nimr, R., Moreschi, J., Hakeem, R., Handu, D. & Cheng, F.W. (2020). Maternal and infant health outcomes associated with medical nutrition therapy by registered dietitian nutritionists in pregnant women with malnutrition: an Evidence Analysis Center systematic review, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics. 120(10):1730-1744.
Gallo, S., Jones, M.T, Channell Doig, A., Kogan, K.**, Fields, J.**, Wonderlich, J.**, Hansen, A.**, Lacharite, K. & Mehlenbeck, R. (2020). Feasibility of a multidisciplinary and culturally-adapted pediatric weight Management program for Latino families: results from the Vidas Activas y Familias Saludables (VALÉ) pilot study. Journal of Nutrition Education & Behavior. 52(1):55-63.
Gallo, S., McDermid. J,M., Itani Al-Nimr, R., Hakeem, R., Moreschi, J., Pari Keener, M., Stahnke, B., Papoutsakis, C., Handu, D. & Chen, F.W. (2019). Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy: An Evidence Analysis Center systematic review and meta-analysis. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. pii: S2212-2672(19)30849-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jand.2019.07.002.
Gallo, S., Kogan, K.** & Kitsantas, P. Racial/ethnic differences in reasons for breastfeeding cessation among women participating in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). (2019). Journal of Midwifery & Women’s Health. 2019 Aug 30. doi: 10.1111/jmwh.13031.
Rethy, J.A., Gallo, S., Channell Doig, A., Brady, J., & Goodfriend, D. (2019). Patterns and predictors of exclusive breastfeeding among predominately Hispanic immigrant women attending a local Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). Public Health Nutrition, 22(9):1667-1674.
Gallo, S., Hazell, T.J., Vanstone, C.A., Agellon, A., Jones, G., L'Abbé, M., Rodd, C, & Weiler, H.A. (2016). Vitamin D supplementation in breastfed infants from Montréal, Canada: 25-hydroxyvitamin D and bone health effects from a follow-up study at 3 years of age. Osteoporosis International, 27(8), 2459-2466.
Gallo, S., Comeau, K., Sharma, A., Vanstone, C.A., Agellon, S., Mitchell, J., Weiler, H.A., & Rodd, C. (2014). Redefining normal clinical biochemistry for healthy infants in Canada. Clinical Biochemistry, 47(15), 27-32.
Gallo, S., & Rodd, C. (2014). Are all "milks" created equal? [Invited Commentary]. Canadian Medical Association Journal, 186(17):1277-1278.
Gallo, S., Comeau, K., Agellon, S., Vanstone, C.A., Sharma, A., Jones, G., L’Abbé, M., Khamessan, A., Weiler, H.A., & Rodd, C. (2014). Methodological issues in assessing plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration in newborn infants. Bone, 61, 186-190.
Gallo, S., Vanstone, C., Agellon, S., Comeau, K., Jones, G., L ’Abbé, M., Khamessan, A., Sharma, A., Rodd, C., & Weiler, H.A. (2013). Effect of different dosages of oral vitamin D supplementation on vitamin D status in healthy, breast fed infants: A randomized trial Journal of the American Medical Association, 309(17), 1785-1792.
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