Odilia I. Bermudez, PhD, MPH

Positions:

Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine

Associate Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Contact:

Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.2194
Fax: 617.636.4017
Email: odilia.bermudez@tufts.edu

Education:

Degrees: PhD, MPH
Institutions: University of Massachusetts at Amherst; University of San Carlos at Guatemala

Teaching Areas:

Global Health; Research Methods; Maternal and Child Health; Health, Culture, Diversity and Social Justice

Research Focus:

Global public health and food, nutrition and development research focused on:

  • Global health interventions for maternal and child health and nutrition
  • Relationships between diet, nutrient intake and chronic conditions of diverse, aging population groups
  • Socio economics and cultural determinants of food and nutrition security, health and development in Central America
  • Assessment of food practices and dietary consumption of national food supplies for identification of appropriate interventions, including nutrient

Select Publications:

1.     Naqvi A, Solomons NW, Campos R, Soto-Mendez MJ, Caplan E, Armas L and Bermudez OI. Vitamin D status among indigenous Mayan (Kekchi) and Afro-Caribe (Garifuna) adolescents from Guatemala: A comparative description between two ethnic groups residing on Rio Dulce, Caribbean Coast in Izabal Province, Guatemala. Pub Hlth Nutr March 2015, DOI:10.1017/ S1368980016000598.

2.     Hau C, Reid K, Wong K, Chin R, Botto T, Eliasziw M, Bermudez OI, Fielding R. Effectiveness of a Healthy Habits Program on Function and Health in Chinese Older Adults. J Nutr, Health and Aging. Nov 2015, DOI: 10.1007/s12603-015-0623-8

3.     Bermudez OI. Ethnic Foods. In: Caballero, B., Finglas, P., and Toldrá, F. (eds.) The Encyclopedia of Food and Health vol. 2, 2015. Pages 563-568. Oxford: Academic Press.

4.     Vossenaar M, Hernandez LM, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Soto-Méndez MJ, Bermudez OI, Solomons NW. The Nutritional Contribution of Foods and Beverages Provided by Government-Sponsored Day Care Centers in Guatemala. Food Nutr Bull. 2015 Sep;36(3):299-314.  PMID: 26385951

5.     Fiedler JL, Lividini K, Guyondet C, Bermudez OI. Assessing alternative industrial fortification portfolios: a Bangladesh case study. Food Nutr Bull. 2015 Mar;36(1):57-74. PMID:25898716

6.     Fiedler JL, Lividini K, Bermudez OI. Estimating the impact of vitamin A-fortified vegetable oil in Bangladesh in the absence of dietary assessment data. Public Health Nutr. 2015 Feb;18(3):414-20. PMID: 24762782

7.     Fuster M, Houser R, Messer E, Palma de Fulladolsa P, Deman H and Bermudez OI. ¿Se considera la alimentación saludable parte de la seguridad alimentaria y nutricional? Perspectivas desde comunidades pobres  de El Salvador.  Perspect Nut Hum vol.16 no.1 Medellin Jan./June 2014

8.     Bermudez OI. Public Health Nutrition Inequalities: The global context. Chapter 5.  Public Health Nutrition Textbook. Natalie Stein (editor).  Jones and Bartlett Learning. 2014. Pages 81 – 91. ISBN: 978-1-4496-9204-9

9.     Chomat AM, Solomons NW, Montenegro G, Crowley C, Bermudez OI. Maternal health and health-seeking behaviors among indigenous Mam mothers from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. Rev Panam Salud Publica. 2014 Feb;35(2):113-20. PMID: 24781092

10.     Lividini K, Fiedler JL, Bermudez OI. Policy implications of using a household consumption and expenditures survey versus an observed-weighed food record survey to design a food fortification program. Food Nutr Bull. 2013 Dec;34(4):520-32. PMID: 2460569

11.     Fiedler JL, Afidra R, Mugambi G, Tehinse J, Kabaghe G, Zulu R, Lividini K, Smitz MF, Jallier V, Guyondet C, Bermudez O. Maize flour fortification in Africa: markets, feasibility, coverage, and costs. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2014 Apr;1312:26-39. doi: 10.1111/nyas. PMID: 24102661

12.     Fuster M, Houser RF, Messer E, Palma de Fulladolsa P, Deman H, Bermudez OI. Perceived access and actual intake of healthy diets among households in vulnerable Salvadoran communities. J Nutr Educ Behav. 2013 Nov-Dec;45(6):713-7. PMID: 23877053

13.     Evans EW, Hayes C, Palmer CA, Bermudez OI, Cohen SA, Must A. Dietary intake and severe early childhood caries in low-income, young children. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2013 Aug;113(8):1057-61. PMID: 23706351.

14.     Bermudez OI, Lividini K, Smitz MF, Fiedler JL. Estimating micronutrient intakes from Household Consumption and Expenditures Surveys (HCES): an example from Bangladesh. Food Nutr Bull. 2012 Sep;33(3 Suppl):S208-13. PMID: 23193772.

15.     Bermudez OI and Gao X. Greater consumption of sweetened beverages and added sugars are associated with obesity among US young adults from NHANES 1999-2000. Ann Nutr Metab 2010;57:211-218 (DOI: 10.1159/000321542).

16.     Bermudez OI, Tother C, Montenegro-Bethancourt G, Mathias P, Doak C and Solomons NW. Dietary intakes and food sources of fatty acids in diets of Guatemalan schoolchildren.  Nutr J. 2010;9(1):20.