Michelle Judge, PhD

Assistant Professor, School of Nursing (Affiliate)

Research Overview

With a background in nutrition and specifically the role of long chain omega 3 fatty acids (n-3 LCPUFA) in women’s and child health, my research has focused on neurodevelopmental (infant cognitive, visual processing and sleep organization) and psychological outcomes (maternal postpartum depression) in these populations related n-3 LCPUFA adequacy. Related to this initial line of biobehavioral research, I have recently garnered small research support to investigate the association of n-3 LCPUFA intake on the expression of inflammatory proteins during and following pregnancy related to symptoms of postpartum depression and this research is underway. Further, we will be investigating associations of maternal BMI with inflammatory load and postpartum depressive symptomatology. Related to this inflammatory, cognitive and psychological work, I recently began to collaborate with Dr. Angela Starkweather toward expanding my research program to focus on the role of dietary n-3 LCPUFA in alleviating inflammation and the psychoneurological symptom cluster (fatigue, anxiety, depression, cognitive impairment, sleep disturbance and pain) experienced by women following treatment for early stage breast cancer. This line of breast cancer research is what brings me to InCHIP for additional training and support.


Postdoctoral Fellow, 2006-2007, Project title: Impact of Maternal Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) consumption during pregnancy on maternal postpartum-depressive symptomatology, University of Connecticut School of Nursing.

Ph.D. In Nutritional Science, May, 2006, Project title: Impact of Maternal Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) Supplementation in the Form of a Functional Food During Pregnancy on Infant Neurodevelopment: A Comparison of Vision, Memory, Temperament and Problem-Solving Abilities. University of Connecticut Department of Nutritional Sciences.

B.S. In Dietetics with Honors Scholar designation, May, 1994, University of Connecticut School of Allied Health, Storrs, CT

Featured Publications

Judge, M.P., Casavant, S.G., Juliana A.M. Dias, McGrath, J. Placental DHA transfer is reduced in diabetic pregnancies: exploring mechanistic underpinnings and long-term neurodevelopmental implications. Nutrition Reviews, In Press, Accepted January 2016.

Lucas, R, Judge, M.P., Relationship Between Maternal Body Mass Index and Infant Breastfeeding Behaviors on Exclusive Direct Breastfeeding, 2015, JOGNN 0:1-12; 2015. DOI: 10.1111/1552-6909.12755.

Judge, M.P., Polifroni, E.C., Zhu, S. Influence of student attributes on readiness for interprofessional learning across multiple healthcare disciplines: Identifying factors to inform educational development. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 2015, 2:248-252, DOI:10.1016/j.ijnss.2015.07.007.

Perry, M., Judge, M.P., Millar, D., McDonald, D. An exploratory pilot of factors associated with premenstrual syndrome in minority women. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 2015, 2(2): 118–122, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnss.2015.04.008.

Judge, M.P., Chang, L., Lammi-Keefe, C.J. Evidence of developmental continuity from birth to one year: sleep, temperament, problem-solving, and recognition memory. Advances in Neonatal Care, 2015, 15(2):125-133.

Judge, M., Polifroni, E.C., Maruca, A., Hobson, M., Leschak, A., and Zakewicz, H. Evaluation of students’ receptiveness and response to an interprofessional learning activity across healthcare disciplines: An approach toward team development in healthcare. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 2015, 2: 93-98, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijnss.2015.01.003.

Judge, M.P., Beck, C.T., A, Durham, H, McKelvey, M., Lammi-Keefe, C.J. Pilot trial evaluating maternal DHA consumption during pregnancy: decreased postpartum depressive symptomatology. International Journal of Nursing Sciences, 2014: 1;339-345. doi:10.1016/j.ijnss.2014.10.005.

Judge, M.P., Cong, X. , Harel, O., Courville, A.P., Lammi-Keefe, C.J. Maternal consumption of a DHA containing functional food benefits infant sleep patterning : An early neurodevelopmental measure Early Human Development, 2012, 88:231-237.

Courville, A.B., Keplinger, M.R., Judge, M.P., Lammi-Keefe, C.J. (2009). Plasma or red blood cell phospholipids can be used to assess docosahexaenoic acid status in women during pregnancy, Nutr Res 29, 151-55.

Judge, M.P., Harel, O., Lammi-Keefe, C.J., Benefit of a docosahexaenoic acid-functional food during pregnancy on infant visual acuity at 4 and 6 months of age. Lipids, 2007, 42(2):117-22.

Judge, M.P., Harel, O., Lammi-Keefe, C.J., Maternal Consumption of a DHA-functional food during pregnancy: comparison of infant performance on problem-solving and recognition memory tasks at 9 months of age. Am J Clin Nutr, 2007, 85(6):1572-1577.

Loosemore, E.D., Judge, M.P., Lammi-Keefe, C.J., Dietary intake of essential and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in pregnancy. Lipids, 2004. 39(5): 421-4.

Lammi-Keefe, C.J., Thoman, E.B., Cheruku, S.R., Montgomery-Downs, H.E., Farkas, S.L., Loosemore, E.D., DeMare, C.I., Keplinger, M.R., Mutungi, G., Judge, M.P., Ibarrola, B., Sleep patterns of infants immediately after birth reflect DHA status and CNS maturity. Proc. Internatl. Congress Essen. Fatty Acids and Eicosanoids, Huang, Y-S, Lin, S-J and Huang, P-C, Eds. AOCS Press, p. 105-111.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressSchool of Nursing
231 Glenbrook Road, Unit 4026
Storrs, CT 06269-4026