PhD, Biological Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998; MA, Anthropology, Kent State University, 1992; BA, Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1989
My research has involved studies of early childhood growth and development in collaboration with the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. These projects have identified patterns of infant growth associated with later obesity and have identified demographic factors related to inappropriate maternal weight gain during pregnancy. More recently, my research has focused on the effects of psychosocial stress on the neuroendocrine system. In collaboration with undergraduate students in Biology, we have addressed the effects of chronic stress on daily cortisol patterns. These projects have recruited undergraduate students in Anatomy and Physiology courses as participants. Our research has identified individual factors such as coping and emotion regulation that moderate effects of stress on endocrine responses.
May RL, Kim D, and D Mote-Waton (2013) Change in weight-for-length status during the first three months: relationships to birth weight and implications for metabolic risk. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150:5-9.
May RL (2009) Maternal factors associated with smoking and inappropriate weight gain during pregnancy. Open Epidemiology Journal 2:20-25.
May RL (2007) Pre-pregnancy weight, inappropriate gestational weight gain, and
smoking: relationships to birthweight. American Journal of Human Biology 19:305-310.