Sarah A. Keim, PhD :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Sarah A. Keim, PhD

Sarah A. Keim, PhD

Contact Information

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-3182
FX: (614) 722-3544
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Sarah A. Keim, MA, MS, PhD is a principal investigator in the Center for Biobehavioral Health at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in The Ohio State University College of Medicine and of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health.

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  • Female

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Research Interests

Research Center:

Areas of Interest:

  • Dr. Keim is a perinatal and pediatric epidemiologist whose research is focused on studying the role of early life nutritional factors (including breastfeeding) on the cognitive development and behavior of children from infancy through preschool. Most of this work involves children who were born preterm. She is also broadly interested in critically examining the developmental origins of health and disease hypothesis as it pertains to child cognitive ability and behavior.

Education and Training

Undergraduate School

  • College of William & Mary
    Date Completed: 06/30/1997

Graduate School

  • University of Wisconsin
    Date Completed: 06/30/1999

Graduate School

  • Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin
    Date Completed: 08/30/2005

Graduate School

  • Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina
    Date Completed: 06/30/2009

Professional Experience


  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH


  • Principal Investigator, Center for Biobehavioral Health, The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH


  • Associate Study Director for Operations and Logistics National Children's Study, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development , National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD


  • Deputy Director of the Program Office, National Children's Study, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD


  • Study Coordinator, National Children's Study, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health
    Bethesda, MD


  • Committee Staff/PMI, Minority Staff (Rep. John Dingell D-MI)Committee on Energy and Commerce, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC


  • Presidential Management Intern, National Institutes of Health
    Bethesda, MD     
    Rotations: National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Office of Bioethics; National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Children’s Study;
    Office of the NIH Director, Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis


  • Laboratory Administrative Assistant, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin Medical School


  • Project (Research) Assistant, La Follette Institute of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI


  • Oza-Frank, R; Kachoria, R; Keim, SA; Klebanoff, MA. 2015. Provision of specific preconception care messages and associated maternal health behaviors before and during pregnancy.  American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Vol. 212, no. 3. (March): 372.e1-8.
  • Stevens, J and SA Keim. 2015. How Research on Charitable Giving Can Inform Strategies to Promote Human Milk Donations to Milk Banks.  Journal of Human Lactation. Vol. ePub ahead of print, no. February: e..
  • Oza-Frank, R; Kachoria, R; Keim, SA; Klebanoff, MA; Lynch, CD. 2014. Receipt and timing of pregnancy-related preventive health messages vary by message type and maternal characteristics.  American Journal of Health Promotion. Vol. ePub ahead of print, no. November: e..
  • Huang, L; Yu, X; Keim, SA; Li, L; Zhang, L; Zhang, J. 2014. Maternal obesity and child neurodevelopment in the Collaborative Perinatal Project.  International Journal of Epidemiology. Vol. 43, no. 3. (June): 783-92.
  • Geraghty, SR; McNamara, KA; Dillon, CE; Hogan, JS; Kwiek, JJ; Keim, SA. 2013. Buying human milk via the internet: just a click away.  Breastfeeding Medicine. Vol. 8, no. 6. (December): 474-8.
  • Keim, SA; Hogan, JS; McNamara, KA; Gudimetla, V; Dillon, CE; Kwiek, JJ; Geraghty, SR. 2013. Microbial Contamination of Human Milk Purchased Via the Internet.  Pediatrics. Vol. 132, no. 5. (November): e1227-35.
  • Keim, SA: McNamara, KA; Jayadeva, CM; Braun, AC; Dillon, CE; Geraghty, SR. 2013. Breast milk sharing via the internet: The practice and health and safety considerations.  Maternal and Child Health Journal. Vol. ePub ahead of print, no. October: x-x.
  • Keim, SA; Branum, AM. 2013. Dietary intake of polyunsaturated fatty acids and fish among U.S. children 12 to 60 months of age.  Maternal and Child Nutrition. Vol. ePub ahead of print, no. September: x-x.
  • Oza-Frank, R; Keim, SA. 2013. Should obese women gain less weight in pregnancy than recommended?.  BIRTH. Vol. 40, no. 2. (May): 1-8.
  • Rogers, LK; Valentine, CJ; Keim, SA. 2013. DHA supplementation: Current implications in pregnancy and childhood.  PHARMACOLOGICAL RESEARCH. Vol. 70, no. 1. (April): 13-9. PubMed ID: 23266567
  • Keim, SA; Daniels, JL; Siega-Riz, AM; Herring, AH; Dole, N; Scheidt, PC. 2012. Breastfeeding and long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid intake in the first 4 post-natal months and infant cognitive development: an observational study.  MATERNAL AND CHILD NUTRITION. Vol. 8, no. 4. (October): 471-482. PubMed ID: 21615865
  • Keim, SA; Fletcher, EN; Tepoel, MRW; McKenzie, LB. 2012. Injuries Associated With Bottles, Pacifiers, and Sippy Cups in the United States, 1991-2010.  PEDIATRICS. Vol. 129, no. 6. (June): 1104-1110. PubMed ID: 22585773
  • Keim, SA; Daniels, JL; Siega-Riz, AM; Dole, N; Herring, AH; Scheidt, PC. 2012. Depressive symptoms during pregnancy and the concentration of fatty acids in breast milk.  JOURNAL OF HUMAN LACTATION. Vol. 28, no. 2. (May): 189-95. PubMed ID: 22223516
  • Keim, SA; Pruitt, NT. 2012. Gestational weight gain and child cognitive development.  INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY. Vol. 41, no. 2. (April): 414-22. PubMed ID: 22314966
  • Branum, AM; Parker, JD; Keim, SA; Schempf, AH. 2011. Prepregnancy body mass index and gestational weight gain in relation to child body mass index among siblings.  AMERICAN JOURNAL OF EPIDEMIOLOGY. Vol. 174, no. 10. (November): 1159-65. PubMed ID: 21984656
  • Klebanoff, MA; Keim, SA. 2011. Epidemiology: The Changing Face of Preterm Birth.  CLINICS IN PERINATOLOGY. Vol. 38, no. 3. (September): 339-50. PubMed ID: 21890013
  • Keim, SA; Daniels, JL; Dole, N; Herring, AH; Siega-Riz, AM; Scheidt, PC. 2011. A prospective study of maternal anxiety, perceived stress, and depressive symptoms in relation to infant cognitive development.  EARLY HUMAN DEVELOPMENT. Vol. 87, no. 5. (May): 373-380. PubMed ID: 21420261
  • Keim, SA; Kimmel, CA. 2010. The National Children's Study: Linking Exposures to Effects in Children's Environmental Health. In Comprehensive Toxicology. 2nd ed. Edited by McQueen, CA. Oxford: Elsevier.
  • Keim, SA; Branum, AM; Klebanoff, MA; Zemel, BS. 2009. Maternal body mass index and daughters' age at menarche.  EPIDEMIOLOGY. Vol. 20, no. 5. (September): 677-681. PubMed ID: 19602980
  • Sapienza, JN; Corbie-Smith, G; Keim, S; Fleischman, AR. 2007. Community engagement in epidemiological research.  AMBULATORY PEDIATRICS. Vol. 7, no. 3. (May): 247-252.
  • Sapienza J, Fleischman AR, Keim SA, Corbie-Smith G. 2007. Community engagement in epidemiological research.  Ambulatory Pediatrics. Vol. 7, no. 3. (January): 247-252.
  • Keim, SA; Klebanoff, MA. 2006. Aspirin use and miscarriage risk.  EPIDEMIOLOGY. Vol. 17, no. 4. (July): 435-439.
  • Keim, SA. 2005. An overview of the National Children's Study of children's health and the environment.  CHILDREN, YOUTH, ENVIRONMENTS. Vol. 15, no. 1. (May): 240-56.
  • Branum, AM; Collman, GW; Correa, A; Keim, SA; Kessel, W; Kimmel, CA; Klebanoff, MA; Longnecker, MP; Mendola, P; Rigas, M; Selevan, SG; Scheidt, PC; Schoendorf, K; Smith-Khuri, E; Yeargin-Allsopp, M. 2003. The National Children's Study of Environmental Effects on Child Health and Development.  ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH PERSPECTIVES. Vol. 111, no. 4. (April): 642-646.
  • Zheng, TZ; Cantor, KP; Zhang, YW; Keim, S; Lynch, CF. 2001. Occupational risk factors for brain cancer: A population-based case-control study in Iowa.  JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL MEDICINE. Vol. 43, no. 4. (April): 317-324.
  • Keim, SA; Alavanja, MCR. 2001. Pesticide use by persons who reported a high pesticide exposure event in the Agricultural Health Study.  ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH. Vol. 85, no. 3. (March): 256-259.
  • Keim, SA; McNamara, KA; Dillon, CE; Strafford, K; Ronau, R; McKenzie, LB; Geraghty, SR. Breast Milk Sharing: Awareness and Participation among Women in the Moms2Moms Study.  Breastfeeding Medicine.
  • Keim, SA; Klebanoff, MA; Bodnar, L. Maternal and cord blood 25(OH)-vitamin D concentrations and child development and behavior.  Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology.
  • Klebanoff, MA & SA Keim. Maternal serum paraxanthine during pregnancy and offspring body mass index at 4 and 7 years of age.  Epidemiology.
  • Oza-Frank, R; Gilson, E; Keim, SA; Lynch, CD; Klebanoff, M. Trends and factors associated with self-reported receipt of preconception care: PRAMS, 2004-2010.  Birth.
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