Kimberly Coleman-Phox, MPH

Research Project Director
+1 415 476-6406

Kim Coleman-Phox is the project director of Dr. Epel's U01 grant, Novel Interventions to Reduce Non-homeostatic Eating, which includes the Maternal Adiposity, Metabolism and Stress (MAMAS) and Stress, Eating, and Hormones (SHE) Studies. She completed her MPH in Maternal Child Health at UC Berkeley. Her research interests include pregnancy, birth outcomes, and health disparities.


Psychometric assessment of the US person-centered prenatal and maternity care scales in a low-income predominantly Latinx population in California.

BMC Women's Health

Afulani PA, Coleman-Phox K, Leon-Martinez D, Fung KZ, Martinez E, Garza MA, McCulloch CE, Kuppermann M

"It was just one moment that I felt like I was being judged": Pregnant and postpartum black Women's experiences of personal and group-based racism during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Social science & medicine (1982)

Chambers BD, Fontenot J, McKenzie-Sampson S, Blebu BE, Edwards BN, Hutchings N, Karasek D, Coleman-Phox K, Curry VC, Kuppermann M

A qualitative exploration of experiences accessing community and social services among pregnant low-income people of color during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Women's health (London, England)

Blebu BE, Kuppermann M, Coleman-Phox K, Karasek D, Lessard L, Chambers BD

Long-term effects of a prenatal mindfulness intervention on depressive symptoms in a diverse sample of women.

Journal of consulting and clinical psychology

Roubinov DS, Epel ES, Coccia M, Coleman-Phox K, Vieten C, Adler NE, Laraia B, Bush NR

Pregnancy-related COVID worry, depressive symptom severity, and mediation through sleep disturbance in a low-income, primarily Latinx population in California's Central valley.

Journal of psychiatric research

Felder JN, Afulani PA, Coleman-Phox K, Omowale SS, McCulloch CE, Lessard L, Kuppermann M

In pursuit of a community-informed group prenatal care model for telehealth use.

The Journal of Health Design

Lauren N Lessard, Andrea Wiemann, Christy Oberholtzer, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Brittany Chambers, Miriam Kuppermann

Risk of early birth by body mass index in a propensity score matched sample: a retrospective cohort study.

BJOG : an international journal of obstetrics and gynaecology

Baer RJ, Chambers BD, Coleman-Phox K, Flowers E, Fuchs JD, Oltman SP, Scott KA, Ryckman KK, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL

Consideration of social determinants of health in preterm birth risk and resiliency scoring.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Rebecca J. Baer, April Bell, Bridgette Blebu, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Jean Costello, Elena Flowers, Kayla Karvonen, Miriam Kuppermann, Safyer McKenzie-Sampson, Monica McLemore, Scott P. Oltman, Aric Prather, Nicole Santos, Karen Scott, Brianne Taylor, Larry Rand, Laura Jelliffe-Pawlowski

The association of COVID-19 infection in pregnancy with preterm birth: A retrospective cohort study in California.

Lancet Regional Health. Americas

Karasek D, Baer RJ, McLemore MR, Bell AJ, Blebu BE, Casey JA, Coleman-Phox K, Costello JM, Felder JN, Flowers E, Fuchs JD, Gomez AM, Karvonen K, Kuppermann M, Liang L, McKenzie-Sampson S, McCulloch CE, Oltman SP, Pantell MS, Piao X, Prather AA, Schmidt RJ, Scott KA, Spellen S, Stookey JD, Tesfalul M, Rand L, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL

1061 Experiences of discrimination in low-income pregnant women.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Maura E. Jones, Jazmin Fontenot, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Deborah Karasek, Bridgette Blebu, Lauren Lessard, Venise Curry, Andrea Wienmann, Miriam Kuppermann, Brittany D. Chambers

653 Perceived stress among low income pregnant women in during the COVID-19 pandemic.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Miriam Kuppermann, Bridgette Blebu, Jazmin Fontenot, Charles McCulloch, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Deborah Karasek, Andrea Wiemann, Lauren Lessard

Persistent organic pollutants and maternal glycemic outcomes in a diverse pregnancy cohort of overweight women.

Environmental research

Mehta SS, James-Todd T, Applebaum KM, Bellavia A, Coleman-Phox K, Adler N, Laraia B, Epel E, Parry E, Wang M, Park JS, Zota AR

User-testing of a decision-support tool for parents facing threatened periviable delivery: The Periviable GOALS decision aid.

Patient education and counseling

Tucker Edmonds B, Hoffman SM, Laitano T, Coleman-Phox K, Castillo E, Kuppermann M

Prenatal Maternal Objective and Subjective Stress Exposures and Rapid Infant Weight Gain.

The Journal of pediatrics

Felder JN, Epel E, Coccia M, Cordeiro A, Laraia B, Adler N, Coleman-Phox K, Bush NR

Bringing Statistics to Life.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Brownsyne Tucker Edmonds, Shelley Hoffman, Tatiana Laitano, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Esperanza Castillo, Miriam Kuppermann

Cardiovascular Disease-Related Pregnancy Complications Are Associated with Increased Maternal Levels and Trajectories of Cardiovascular Disease Biomarkers During and After Pregnancy.

Journal of women's health (2002)

Parikh NI, Laria B, Nah G, Singhal M, Vittinghoff E, Vieten C, Stotland N, Coleman-Phox K, Adler N, Albert MA, Epel E

196: Odds of early birth by class of obesity in a propensity matched sample.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Rebecca J. Baer, Brittany D. Chambers, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Sky K. Feuer, Scott P. Oltman, Larry Rand, Kelli K. Ryckman, Laura L. Jelliffe-Pawlowski

Effects of a Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Distress, Weight Gain, and Glucose Control for Pregnant Low-Income Women: A Quasi-Experimental Trial Using the ORBIT Model.

International journal of behavioral medicine

Epel E, Laraia B, Coleman-Phox K, Leung C, Vieten C, Mellin L, Kristeller JL, Thomas M, Stotland N, Bush N, Lustig RH, Dallman M, Hecht FM, Adler N

Associations between sociodemographic characteristics and exposures to PBDEs, OH-PBDEs, PCBs, and PFASs in a diverse, overweight population of pregnant women.

Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology

Mehta SS, Applebaum KM, James-Todd T, Coleman-Phox K, Adler N, Laraia B, Epel E, Parry E, Wang M, Park JS, Zota AR

Neighborhood Typology and Cardiometabolic Pregnancy Outcomes in the Maternal Adiposity Metabolism and Stress Study.

Obesity (Silver Spring, Md.)

Headen I, Laraia B, Coleman-Phox K, Vieten C, Adler N, Epel E

Prenatal Persistent Halogenated EDCs and Gestational Glucose Levels in a Racially Diverse Pregnancy Cohort of Overweight Women.

ISEE Conference Abstracts

Suril S Mehta, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Nancy Adler, Barbara Laraia, Elissa Epel, Katie M. Applebaum, Tamarra James-Todd, Ami R Zota

The mindful moms training: development of a mindfulness-based intervention to reduce stress and overeating during pregnancy.

BMC pregnancy and childbirth

Vieten C, Laraia BA, Kristeller J, Adler N, Coleman-Phox K, Bush NR, Wahbeh H, Duncan LG, Epel E

Novel Interventions to Reduce Stress and Overeating in Overweight Pregnant Women: A Feasibility Study.

Maternal and child health journal

Laraia BA, Adler NE, Coleman-Phox K, Vieten C, Mellin L, Kristeller JL, Thomas M, Stotland NE, Lustig RH, Dallman MF, Hecht FM, Bush NR, de Groat CL, Epel E

Association between persistent endocrine-disrupting chemicals (PBDEs, OH-PBDEs, PCBs, and PFASs) and biomarkers of inflammation and cellular aging during pregnancy and postpartum.

Environment international

Zota AR, Geller RJ, Romano LE, Coleman-Phox K, Adler NE, Parry E, Wang M, Park JS, Elmi AF, Laraia BA, Epel ES

Effect of prenatal mindfulness training on depressive symptom severity through 18-months postpartum: A latent profile analysis.

Journal of clinical psychology

Felder JN, Roubinov D, Bush NR, Coleman-Phox K, Vieten C, Laraia B, Adler NE, Epel E

Maternal depressive symptoms and infant healthcare utilization: The moderating role of prenatal mindfulness.

General hospital psychiatry

Roubinov DS, Felder JN, Vieten C, Coleman-Phox K, Laraia B, Adler N, Wilson L, Epel E, Bush NR

Effects of pre- and postnatal maternal stress on infant temperament and autonomic nervous system reactivity and regulation in a diverse, low-income population-CORRIGENDUM.

Development and psychopathology

Bush NR, Jones-Mason K, Coccia M, Caron Z, Alkon A, Thomas M, Coleman-Phox K, Wadhwa PD, Laraia BA, Adler NE, Epel ES

Effects of pre- and postnatal maternal stress on infant temperament and autonomic nervous system reactivity and regulation in a diverse, low-income population.

Development and psychopathology

Bush NR, Jones-Mason K, Coccia M, Caron Z, Alkon A, Thomas M, Coleman-Phox K, Wadhwa PD, Laraia BA, Adler NE, Epel ES

Abstract P319: Do Pregnancy Complications Elevate Cardiovascular Risk After Pregnancy? An Examination of Cardiometabolic Biomarker and Risk Factor Trajectories Up to the First Nine Months Postpartum in Low Income Women.


Nisha I Parikh, Barbara Laraia, Gregory Nah, Meghali Singhal, Eric Vittinghoff, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Nancy Adler, Michelle A Albert, Elissa Epel

Poor Sleep Quality, Psychological Distress, and the Buffering Effect of Mindfulness Training During Pregnancy.

Behavioral sleep medicine

Felder JN, Laraia B, Coleman-Phox K, Bush N, Suresh M, Thomas M, Adler N, Epel E, Prather AA

Sugary beverage and food consumption, and leukocyte telomere length maintenance in pregnant women.

European journal of clinical nutrition

Leung CW, Laraia BA, Coleman-Phox K, Bush NR, Lin J, Blackburn EH, Adler NE, Epel ES

Maternal diet quality during pregnancy and fetal growth outcomes: a pilot study of lower-income pregnant women.

The FASEB Journal

Cindy W Leung, Elissa S Epel, Nicole R Bush, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Nancy E Adler, Barbara A Laraia

Sugary beverage and food consumption and leukocyte telomere length maintenance in pregnant women: a pilot study.

The FASEB Journal

Cindy W Leung, Barbara A Laraia, Kimberly Coleman-Phox, Nicole R Bush, Jue Lin, Elizabeth H Blackburn, Nancy E Adler, Elissa S Epel

Potential for a stress reduction intervention to promote healthy gestational weight gain: focus groups with low-income pregnant women.

Women's health issues : official publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health

Thomas M, Vieten C, Adler N, Ammondson I, Coleman-Phox K, Epel E, Laraia B

Patient-to-nurse ratios and outcomes of moderately preterm infants.


Profit J, Petersen LA, McCormick MC, Escobar GJ, Coleman-Phox K, Zheng Z, Pietz K, Zupancic JA

Use of a fan during sleep and the risk of sudden infant death syndrome.

Archives of pediatrics & adolescent medicine

Coleman-Phox K, Odouli R, Li DK

Neonatal intensive care unit census influences discharge of moderately preterm infants.


Profit J, McCormick MC, Escobar GJ, Richardson DK, Zheng Z, Coleman-Phox K, Roberts R, Zupancic JA

Unstudied infants: outcomes of moderately premature infants in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Archives of disease in childhood. Fetal and neonatal edition

Escobar GJ, McCormick MC, Zupancic JA, Coleman-Phox K, Armstrong MA, Greene JD, Eichenwald EC, Richardson DK

A randomized comparison of home visits and hospital-based group follow-up visits after early postpartum discharge.


Escobar GJ, Braveman PA, Ackerson L, Odouli R, Coleman-Phox K, Capra AM, Wong C, Lieu TA