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Lyndsay Avalos PhD, MPH

TitleResearch Scientist II
InstitutionKaiser Permanente Northern California
DepartmentDivision of Research
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0001-8748-0614 Additional info
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    University of California, BerkeleyPhD12/2008Epidemiology
    Boston UniversityMPH1/2002Epidemiolgoy and Biostatistics
    Gonzaga University in Florence06/1997History
    University of California, San DiegoBS06/1998Animal Physiology and Neuroscience
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    2016Voh's Quality Award, Kaiser Permanente

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    Lyndsay Ammon Avalos, PhD, MPH, is a research scientist at the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research. She holds a bachelor’s degree in animal physiology and neuroscience from UC San Diego, an MPH from Boston University, and a PhD in Epidemiology from UC Berkeley. She was an NIAAA pre-doctoral fellow through the training program at the Alcohol Research Group in Emeryville, Calif., and UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Her doctoral studies concentrated on the modifying effect of multinutrient supplements on the relationship between alcohol consumption during pregnancy and reproductive and perinatal outcomes. As a Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health (BIRCWH) K12 scholar, Dr. Avalos’s research assessed the effectiveness of Kaiser Permanente’s Universal Perinatal Depression Screening program. Her current research broadly focuses on identifying genetic and environmental factors (e.g., alcohol use, medication exposure, ambient temperature, nutrition) during the perinatal period that influence maternal, fetal, and infant health.

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    R21ES021368     (AVALOS, LYNDSAY AMMON)Jul 1, 2012 - Jun 30, 2014
    NIH/NIEHS
    Climate Change and Health: Assessing the Risk of Preterm Delivery
    Role: Principal Investigator

    K01MH103444     (AVALOS, LYNDSAY AMMON)Sep 25, 2014 - Jul 31, 2017
    NIH/NIMH
    The Impact of Folate, Obesity and Genetics on Maternal Depression
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Avalos LA, Flanagan T, Li DK. Preventing Perinatal Depression to Improve Maternal and Child Health-a Health Care Imperative. JAMA Pediatr. 2019 Feb 12. PMID: 30747947.
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    2. Young-Wolff KC, Sarovar V, Tucker LY, Avalos LA, Alexeeff S, Conway A, Armstrong MA, Weisner C, Campbell CI, Goler N. Trends in marijuana use among pregnant women with and without nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, 2009-2016. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2019 03 01; 196:66-70. PMID: 30711893.
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    3. Young-Wolff KC, Sarovar V, Tucker LY, Avalos LA, Conway A, Armstrong MA, Goler N. Association of Nausea and Vomiting in Pregnancy With Prenatal Marijuana Use. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Oct 01; 178(10):1423-1424. PMID: 30128499.
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    4. Catalano R, Bruckner T, Avalos LA, Stewart H, Karasek D, Kariv S, Gemmill A, Saxton K, Casey J. Understanding periviable birth: A microeconomic alternative to the dysregulation narrative. Soc Sci Med. 2017 Dec 12. PMID: 29274689.
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    5. Young-Wolff KC, McCaw B, Avalos LA. Intimate Partner Violence, Smoking, and Pregnancy: What Can We Do to Help? J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018 04; 27(4):409-410. PMID: 28937842.
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    6. Henninger ML, Irving SA, Kauffman TL, Kurosky SK, Rompala K, Thompson MG, Sokolow LZ, Avalos LA, Ball SW, Shifflett P, Naleway AL. Predictors of Breastfeeding Initiation and Maintenance in an Integrated Healthcare Setting. J Hum Lact. 2017 May; 33(2):256-266. PMID: 28418800.
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    7. Avalos LA, Chen H, Li DK, Basu R. The impact of high apparent temperature on spontaneous preterm delivery: a case-crossover study. Environ Health. 2017 02 01; 16(1):5. PMID: 28143601.
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    8. Basu R, Chen H, Li DK, Avalos LA. The impact of maternal factors on the association between temperature and preterm delivery. Environ Res. 2017 04; 154:109-114. PMID: 28056406.
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    9. Hedderson MM, Ferrara A, Avalos LA, Van den Eeden SK, Gunderson EP, Li DK, Altschuler A, Woo S, Rowell S, Choudhary V, Xu F, Flanagan T, Schaefer C, Croen LA. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California research program on genes, environment, and health (RPGEH) pregnancy cohort: study design, methodology and baseline characteristics. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2016 11 29; 16(1):381. PMID: 27899076.
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    10. Flanagan T, Avalos LA. Perinatal Obstetric Office Depression Screening and Treatment: Implementation in a Health Care System. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 05; 127(5):911-5. PMID: 27054937.
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    11. Avalos LA, Raine-Bennett T, Chen H, Adams AS, Flanagan T. Improved Perinatal Depression Screening, Treatment, and Outcomes With a Universal Obstetric Program. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 05; 127(5):917-25. PMID: 27054938.
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    12. Nayak MB, Korcha RA, Kaskutas LA, Avalos LA. Erratum: Feasibility and acceptability of a novel, computerized screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol and sweetened beverage use in pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2015 Aug 18; 15:178. PMID: 26285570.
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    13. Henninger ML, Irving SA, Thompson M, Avalos LA, Ball SW, Shifflett P, Naleway AL. Factors associated with seasonal influenza vaccination in pregnant women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2015 May; 24(5):394-402. PMID: 25874550.
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    14. Avalos LA, Chen H, Li DK. Antidepressant medication use, depression, and the risk of preeclampsia. CNS Spectr. 2015 Feb; 20(1):39-47. PMID: 25778691.
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    15. Scheminske M, Henninger M, Irving SA, Thompson M, Williams J, Shifflett P, Ball SW, Avalos LA, Naleway AL. The association between influenza vaccination and other preventative health behaviors in a cohort of pregnant women. Health Educ Behav. 2015 Jun; 42(3):402-8. PMID: 25504630.
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    16. Nayak MB, Korcha RA, Kaskutas LA, Kaskustas LA, Avalos LA. Feasibility and acceptability of a novel, computerized screening and brief intervention (SBI) for alcohol and sweetened beverage use in pregnancy. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014 Nov 25; 14:379. PMID: 25421637.
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    17. Li DK, Raebel MA, Cheetham TC, Hansen C, Avalos L, Chen H, Davis R. Genital herpes and its treatment in relation to preterm delivery. Am J Epidemiol. 2014 Dec 01; 180(11):1109-17. PMID: 25392064.
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    18. Dublin S, Johnson KE, Walker RL, Avalos LA, Andrade SE, Beaton SJ, Davis RL, Herrinton LJ, Pawloski PA, Raebel MA, Smith DH, Toh S, Caughey AB. Trends in elective labor induction for six United States health plans, 2001-2007. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 Nov; 23(11):904-11. PMID: 25330378.
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    19. Avalos LA, Roberts SC, Kaskutas LA, Block G, Li DK. Volume and type of alcohol during early pregnancy and the risk of miscarriage. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Sep; 49(11):1437-45. PMID: 24810392.
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    20. Avalos LA, Chen H, Yang C, Andrade SE, Cooper WO, Cheetham CT, Davis RL, Dublin S, Hammad TA, Kaplan S, Pawloski PA, Raebel MA, Scott PE, Smith DH, Toh S, Li DK. The prevalence and trends of antiviral medication use during pregnancy in the US: a population-based study of 664,297 deliveries in 2001-2007. Matern Child Health J. 2014 Jan; 18(1):64-72. PMID: 23420306.
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    21. Thompson MG, Li DK, Shifflett P, Sokolow LZ, Ferber JR, Kurosky S, Bozeman S, Reynolds SB, Odouli R, Henninger ML, Kauffman TL, Avalos LA, Ball S, Williams JL, Irving SA, Shay DK, Naleway AL. Effectiveness of seasonal trivalent influenza vaccine for preventing influenza virus illness among pregnant women: a population-based case-control study during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 influenza seasons. Clin Infect Dis. 2014 Feb; 58(4):449-57. PMID: 24280090.
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    22. Toh S, Li Q, Cheetham TC, Cooper WO, Davis RL, Dublin S, Hammad TA, Li DK, Pawloski PA, Pinheiro SP, Raebel MA, Scott PE, Smith DH, Bobo WV, Lawrence JM, Dashevsky I, Haffenreffer K, Avalos LA, Andrade SE. Prevalence and trends in the use of antipsychotic medications during pregnancy in the U.S., 2001-2007: a population-based study of 585,615 deliveries. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2013 Apr; 16(2):149-57. PMID: 23389622.
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    23. Lawrence JM, Andrade SE, Avalos LA, Beaton SJ, Chiu VY, Davis RL, Dublin S, Pawloski PA, Raebel MA, Smith DH, Toh S, Wang JQ, Kaplan S, Amini T, Hampp C, Hammad TA, Scott PE, Cheetham TC. Prevalence, trends, and patterns of use of antidiabetic medications among pregnant women, 2001-2007. Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Jan; 121(1):106-14. PMID: 23262934.
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    24. Bobo WV, Davis RL, Toh S, Li DK, Andrade SE, Cheetham TC, Pawloski P, Dublin S, Pinheiro S, Hammad T, Scott PE, Epstein RA, Arbogast PG, Morrow JA, Dudley JA, Lawrence JM, Avalos LA, Cooper WO. Trends in the use of antiepileptic drugs among pregnant women in the US, 2001-2007: a medication exposure in pregnancy risk evaluation program study. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2012 Nov; 26(6):578-88. PMID: 23061694.
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    25. Roberts SC, Avalos LA, Sinkford D, Foster DG. Alcohol, tobacco and drug use as reasons for abortion. Alcohol Alcohol. 2012 Nov-Dec; 47(6):640-8. PMID: 22917755.
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    26. Ammon Avalos L, Galindo C, Li DK. A systematic review to calculate background miscarriage rates using life table analysis. Birth Defects Res A Clin Mol Teratol. 2012 Jun; 94(6):417-23. PMID: 22511535.
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    27. Avalos LA, Kaskutas L, Block G, Abrams B, Li DK. Does lack of multinutrient supplementation during early pregnancy increase vulnerability to alcohol-related preterm or small-for-gestational-age births? Matern Child Health J. 2011 Nov; 15(8):1324-32. PMID: 20949322.
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    28. Avalos LA, Mulia N. Formal and informal substance use treatment utilization and alcohol abstinence over seven years: is the relationship different for blacks and whites? Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Feb 01; 121(1-2):73-80. PMID: 21940115.
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    29. Ammon Avalos L, Kaskutas LA, Block G, Li DK. Do multivitamin supplements modify the relationship between prenatal alcohol intake and miscarriage? Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Dec; 201(6):563.e1-9. PMID: 19846052.
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    30. Kaskutas LA, Bond J, Avalos LA. 7-year trajectories of Alcoholics Anonymous attendance and associations with treatment. Addict Behav. 2009 Dec; 34(12):1029-35. PMID: 19632789.
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    31. Avalos LA, Mertens JR, Ward CL, Flisher AJ, Bresick GF, Weisner CM. Stress, substance use and sexual risk behaviors among primary care patients in Cape Town, South Africa. AIDS Behav. 2010 Apr; 14(2):359-70. PMID: 19205865.
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    32. Ammon L, Bond J, Matzger H, Weisner C. Gender differences in the relationship of community services and informal support to seven-year drinking trajectories of alcohol-dependent and problem drinkers. J Stud Alcohol Drugs. 2008 Jan; 69(1):140-50. PMID: 18080074.
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    33. Kaskutas LA, Ammon LN, Oberste E, Polcin DL. A brief scale for measuring helping activities in recovery: the brief helper therapy scale. Subst Use Misuse. 2007; 42(11):1767-81. PMID: 17934994.
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    34. McCrady BS, Zucker RA, Molina BS, Ammon L, Ames GM, Longabaugh R. Social environmental influences on the development and resolution of alcohol problems. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2006 Apr; 30(4):688-99. PMID: 16573588.
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    35. Kaskutas LA, Ammon L, Delucchi K, Room R, Bond J, Weisner C. Alcoholics anonymous careers: patterns of AA involvement five years after treatment entry. Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2005 Nov; 29(11):1983-90. PMID: 16340455.
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    36. Kaskutas LA, Ammon L, Witbrodt J, Graves K, Zemore S, Borkman T, Weisner S. Understanding results from randomized trials: use of program- and client-level data to study medical and nonmedical treatment programs. J Stud Alcohol. 2005 Sep; 66(5):682-7. PMID: 16331853.
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    37. Ammon L, Sterling S, Mertens J, Weisner C. Adolescents in private chemical dependency programs: who are most at risk for HIV? J Subst Abuse Treat. 2005 Jul; 29(1):39-45. PMID: 15979530.
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    38. Zemore SE, Kaskutas LA, Ammon LN. In 12-step groups, helping helps the helper. Addiction. 2004 Aug; 99(8):1015-23. PMID: 15265098.
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    39. Matzger H, Delucchi K, Weisner C, Ammon L. Does marital status predict long-term drinking? Five-year observations of dependent and problem drinkers. J Stud Alcohol. 2004 Mar; 65(2):255-65. PMID: 15151358.
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    40. Kaskutas LA, Ammon LN, Weisner C. A naturalistic analysis comparing outcomes at substance abuse treatment programs with differing philosophies: social and clinical model perspectives. Int. J. Self Help Self Care. 2004; 2(2):111-133.
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