Gonville & Caius College
Gates Cambridge Scholar
PhD thesis title: The evolution of postmenopausal longevity and the preservation of cognitive function
Postdoctoral Research: Identifying individual gorillas via faecal DNA extraction from an habituated gorilla population involved in the first-ever measles vaccine trial in a great ape.
Leslie A. Knapp, PhD
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Molly Fox. How demographics and concerns about the Trump administration relate to prenatal mental health among Latina women. Social Science and Medicine. Online ahead of print. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.115171
Hanadi Ajam Oughli, Sarah Nguyen, Prabha Siddarth, Molly Fox, Michaela Milillo, Helen Lavretsky. (2022) The Effect of Cumulative Lifetime Estrogen Exposure on Cognition in Depressed versus Non-Depressed Older Women. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. online ahead of print. doi: 10.1177/08919887221090216.
Molly Fox. Evolutionary Perspectives on Alzheimer’s Disease. (2022) In: Evolutionary Psychiatry: Current Perspectives on Evolution and Mental Health, edited by Dr Riadh Abed and Dr Paul St John-Smith. Cambridge University Press. [book chapter, in press]
☆Molly Fox and Kyle S. Wiley. (2022) How a pregnant woman’s relationships with her siblings relate to her mental health: a prenatal allocare perspective. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. 10(1), 1–20, https://doi.org/10.1093/emph/eoab044
Molly Fox, Prabha Siddarth, Hanadi Ajam Oughli, Sarah A Nguyen, Michaela M Milillo, Yesenia Aguilar, Linda Ercoli, Helen Lavretsky. (2022) Women who breastfeed exhibit cognitive benefits after age 50. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. 9(1):322-31
Molly Fox, S. Melanie Lee, Kyle S. Wiley, Venu Lagishetty, Curt A. Sandman, Jonathan P. Jacobs, Laura M. Glynn. (2021) Development of the infant gut microbiome predicts temperament across the first year of life. Development and Psychopathology. In press doi:10.1017/S0954579421000456
Molly Fox. (2021) Discrimination as a moderator of the effects of acculturation and cultural values on mental health among pregnant and postpartum Latina women. American Anthropologist. 123(4), 780-804.
Molly Fox, Delaney A. Knorr, Kacey M. Haptonstall. (2019) Alzheimer's disease and symbiotic microbiota: an evolutionary medicine perspective. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1449(1):3-24. DOI: 10.1111/nyas.14129
Molly Fox. (2018) ‘Evolutionary medicine' perspectives on Alzheimer's Disease: Review and new directions. Aging Research Reviews. 47 (2018) 140-148, doi: 10.1016/j.arr.2018.07.008
Molly Fox, Carlo Berzuini, Leslie A. Knapp, Laura M. Glynn. (2018) Women's pregnancy life-history and Alzheimer's risk: can immunoregulation explain the link? American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Dementias. doi: 10.1177/1533317518786447
Laura M. Glynn, Mariann A. Howland, Molly Fox. (2018) Maternal programming: Application of a developmental psychopathology perspective. Development and Psychopathology. 30 (2018), 905–919. http://bit.ly/maternalprogramming
Molly Fox, Zaneta M. Thayer, Isabel F. Ramos, Sarah J. Meskal, Pathik D. Wadhwa. (2018). Prenatal and Postnatal Mother-to-Child Transmission of Acculturation’s Health Effects in Hispanic Americans. Journal of Women's Health. DOI: 10.1089/jwh.2017.6526. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/jwh.2017.6526
Molly Fox, Curt A. Sandman, Elysia Poggi Davis, Laura M. Glynn. (2018) A longitudinal study of women's depression symptom profiles during and after the postpartum phase. Depression and Anxiety. 2018:1–14. https://doi.org/10.1002/da.22719
*Molly Fox, Zaneta Thayer, Pathik D. Wadhwa. (2017) Acculturation and Health: The Moderating Role of Sociocultural Context. American Anthropologist. 119(3): 405–421.
Molly Fox, Zaneta Thayer, Pathik D. Wadhwa. (2017) Assessment of acculturation in minority health research. Social Science & Medicine. 176: 123-132.
Jennifer Hahn-Holbrook, Molly Fox, Laura Glynn. (2016) Demonstration of Elevated Cerebrospinal Fluid CRH Levels during Pregnancy Provides Support for (Not Against) the Link between CRH and Postpartum Depression. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 101(2):L5-6
Molly Fox, Curt A. Sandman, Elysia Poggi Davis, Laura M. Glynn. (2015) Intra-individual consistency in endocrine profiles across successive pregnancies. Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. 100 (12): 4637-4647.
Molly Fox, Sonja Entringer, Claudia Buss, Jessica DeHaene, Pathik Wadhwa. (2015) Intergenerational transmission of the effects of acculturation on health in Hispanic Americans: a fetal/developmental programming perspective. American Journal of Public Health. 105(S3): S409-S423.
depression and the antidepressant response. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 51, 164–188.
Molly Fox, Carlo Berzuini, Leslie A. Knapp. (2013) Cumulative estrogen exposure, number of menstrual cycles, and Alzheimer's risk in a cohort of British women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 38(12), 2973–2982. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.08.005.
Molly Fox, Corey L. Fincher, Paul W. Andrews, Leslie A. Knapp. (2013) Hygiene and the world distribution of Alzheimer’s Disease. Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health. doi: 10.1093/emph/eot015.
Molly Fox, Carlo Berzuini, Leslie A. Knapp. (2013) Maternal breastfeeding history and Alzheimer’s risk. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. 37 (4), 809-821. doi: 10.3233/JAD-130152
Molly Fox, Johannes Johow, Leslie A. Knapp. (2011) The Selfish Grandma Gene: The Roles of the X- Chromosome and Paternity Uncertainty in the Evolution of Grandmothering Behavior and Longevity. International Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 2011, Article ID 165919, 9 pages.
Johannes Johow, Molly Fox, Leslie A. Knapp, Eckart Voland (2011). The presence of a paternal grandmother lengthens interbirth interval following the birth of a granddaughter in Krummhörn (18th and 19th centuries). Evolution and Human Behavior. 32 (5), 315-325.
❖Molly Fox, Rebecca Sear, Jan Beise, Gillian Ragsdale, Eckart Voland, Leslie A. Knapp. (2010). Grandma plays favourites: X-chromosome relatedness and sex-specific childhood mortality. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 277 (1681), 567-573.
*One of the Top-Twenty Most Downloaded Papers from American Anthropologist, 2017-2018
❖One of the Top-Ten Most Downloaded Papers from Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2009
☆One of the 5 Most Downloaded Articles of the Month, Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health, December 2021
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ABC 7. Breastfeeding can help protect mothers' brains when they age, UCLA study finds. 25-Oct-21
Fox News. New study suggests breastfeeding may help prevent cognitive decline. Jessica Chasmar. 24-Oct-21
UCLA Health. New study suggests that breastfeeding may help prevent cognitive decline. 22-Oct-21
People. Breastfeeding May Help Improve Mothers' Brains Long-Term, Study Finds. Julie Mazziotta. 27-Oct-21
U.S. News & World Report. Could Breastfeeding Help Women Keep Their Smarts as They Age? Cara Murez 28-Oct-21
The Orange County Register. Breastfeeding may help mothers’ brains, says UCLA study. 25-Oct-21
New York Post. New study suggests breastfeeding may help prevent cognitive decline. Jessica Chasmar. 24-Oct-21
NeuroscienceNews.com. Breastfeeding May Help Prevent Cognitive Decline. 23-Oct-21
Atlanta Journal Constitution. Cognitive protection of women 50+ linked to breastfeeding, study shows. Kiersten Willis. 1-Nov-21
Science Daily. New study suggests that breastfeeding may help prevent cognitive decline. 23-Oct-21
Washington Post. Women’s reproductive history may predict Alzheimer’s risk. Tara Bahrampour. 23-Jul-18
LA Times. How pregnancy and childbirth may protect some women from developing dementia. Melissa Healy. 23-Jul-18.
U.S. News & World Report. Having More Kids Tied to Lower Odds of Alzheimer' in Women. Dennis Thompson. 23-Jul-18.
Neurology Today. Why Pregnancy History May Be Neuroprotective for Alzheimer’s Risk. Thomas Collins. 24-Jul-18.
NBC News. Motherhood may affect Alzheimer's risk, studies show. Maggie Fox. 23-Jul-18
CBS News. Motherhood and fertility may hold clues to Alzheimer's risk for women. Dennis Thompson. 23-Jul-18
NPR: All Things Considered. Hormone Levels Likely Influence A Woman's Risk Of Alzheimer's, But How? Jon Hamilton. 23-Jul-18.
Dr Bonnie 360. The link between the oral microbiome and Alzheimer’s Disease. Becca Malizia. 20-May-2019
Medical Express. Pregnancy and reproductive history may impact dementia risk. 23-Jul-18
AARP. What being a woman means for dementia risk. Kathleen Fifield. 23-Jul-18
Alzheimer’s Association. Pregnancy and Reproductive History May Impact Dementia Risk Plus, the Move to
Re-Think the Impact of Hormone Therapy on Cognition. Niles Frantz. 23-Jul-18
New Scientist. The real baby brain: Motherhood messes with your mind, but not in the ways you think. Emma Young. 9-Jan-16
K01: Effects of acculturation on gestational biology in Mexican-American women (PI) 2015-2021 (NCE)
Institute of American Cultures (IAC) 7/1/20- 12/31/21
Socio-economic disparities and development of the infant intestinal ecology: a longitudinal cohort study
Grand Challenges Award, International Society for Evolution, Medicine, and Public Health (ISEMPH), 2021
One of Top 20 Most Downloaded Articles from 2017-2018, American Anthropologist (journal)
Best New Investigator Award, Evolutionary Anthropology Society 2017
The 30 Top Thinkers Under 30, Pacific Standard, 2014
Distinguished Speaker, Cambridge in America Day: Women in Science. Mountain View, California 2013
Poster prize, World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health & Disease, 2013
ABTA Doctoral Research Award, 1st place in Biological & Medical Sciences 2012
Poster prize (2nd place), Human Behavior & Evolution Society Annual Meeting 2012
One of Top 10 Most Downloaded Articles from Proceedings of the Royal Society B 2009
Stanley Wheeler Award (top arts student in Morse college), Yale University, 2008
USA Today All-USA Academic Team 2004
New York State Health Facilities Young Adult Volunteer of the Year 2004