Gayle Shipp, PhD, RDN, CLS

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Assistant Professor 

Dr. Gayle Shipp completed her BS and MS in nutritional science at Michigan State University and Wayne State University, respectively. Dr. Shipp completed her PhD in Human Nutrition (2020) and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (2021), from MSU. She is an alumnus of Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars program. She recently completed an NIH funded postdoctoral fellowship funded through Environmental Influences and Child Health Outcomes, ECHO program, 2020-2022. Under her supplement, she received training at MSU, focused on perinatal epidemiology and the design of intervention studies. A former WIC counselor, Dr. Shipp is passionate about reducing breastfeeding disparities, especially within the African American community. Dr. Shipp served as the chair of the statewide breastfeeding coalition (2019-2022) and continues to serve as a board member with Michigan Breastfeeding Network to support breastfeeding families within Michigan. 

She is engaged in several research projects with the overarching goal of improving maternal and child health equity, specifically breastfeeding-related disparities.  She is engaged in ECHO-wide research studies, with manuscripts under preparation (e.g., childhood obesity and infant feeding practices, COVID-19, and breastfeeding experiences) Her research interest with related publications spans diet and nutrition-related health disparities impacting vulnerable populations, food access, and food choice in underserved areas, and community nutrition. 


Selected Publications:

Shipp GM, Weatherspoon LJ, Comstock SS, Norman GS, Alexander GL, Gardiner JC, Kerver JM. Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy as a Predictor of Breastfeeding Intensity Among African American Women in the Mama Bear Feasibility Trial. Breastfeeding Medicine.  January 2022.

Shipp GM, Weatherspoon LJ, Norman GS, Alexander GL, Kelleher D, Kerver JM. Factors Influencing Breastfeeding Outcomes: Semi-Structured Interviews with African American Women. Maternal and Child Health Journal. October 2021.

Jansen EC, O’Brien LM, Alexander GL, Shipp GM, Norman GS, Brogan-Hartlieb K, Gardiner JC, Kerver JM. Sleep and Diet in Urban Pregnant African American Women. Journal of Health Disparities and Research and Practice. April, 2020.

Earnesty D., Mphwanthe G., Shipp GM., Kelleher D., Plasencia J., Quilliam E., Rifon N., Weatherspoon L. The Association of Parental Views on Dietary Quality and Physical Activity Levels. Health Education Journal. September, 2019.

Shipp GM., Weatherspoon, D., Earnesty, D., Mphwanthe, G., & Weatherspoon, L. Factors Associated with Fruit and Vegetable Purchases of SNAP Recipients Residing in Multi-Person Households within a Food Desert. Journal of Hunger & Environmental Nutrition, 1-12. 2019.


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Scholarly Interests

  • Maternal and Child health equity
  • Breastfeeding
  • Nutrition-related health outcomes


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    Charles Stewart Mott Department of Public Health, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University
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Ph.D. in Human Nutrition, Michigan State University, May 2020.

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Michigan State University, Dietetic Internship, September 2021.

Pre-Doctoral Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Policy Research Scholars Program, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, 2016- 2020.

Public Health Practice, Wayne State University, August 2013.

M.S. in Nutritional Science, Wayne State University, August 2012.

B.S. in Nutritional Science, Michigan State University, June 2009.