Mercedes  Sotos Prieto, PhD

Assistant Professor

Food and Nutrition Science - CHSP

Grover Center E188

740.593.9943

Member Type: Investigator  

Research Interest

  • Nutritional intervention with Mediterranean diet in a workplace setting to improve cardiovascular outcomes through the promotion of health behaviors to address health equities and modify the existing food culture
     
  • Questionnaires design and validation, development of intervention strategies, implementation in clinical setting and analysis of how longitudinal changes in the Mediterranean scores and other lifestyles will lead to changes in cardiometabolic traits. Primordial prevention of cardiovascular diseasses.
     
  • Study how dietary and lifestyle behaviors and patterns (including overall diet, physical activity, social network, stress and/or sleep) can influence cardiovascular and diabetes endpoints and their intermediate phenotypes, alone or in moderation with genetic risk in various racial/ethnic populations. Study of metabolomics, microbiome and other omics in relation to diet and diseases.

Selected Publications

Korre, M., Sotos-Prieto, M., & Kales, S. N. (2017). Survival Mediterranean Style: Lifestyle Changes to Improve the Health of the US Fire Service. Frontiers in Public Health, 5, 331. 

Sotos-Prieto, M., Bhupathiraju, S. N., & Hu, F. B. (2017). Changes in Diet Quality and Total and Cause-Specific Mortality. The New England Journal of Medicine, 377(13), 1304–1305. 

Sotos-Prieto, M., Cash, S. B., Christophi, C. A., Folta, S., Moffatt, S., Muegge, C., … Kales, S. N. (2017). Rationale and design of feeding America’s bravest: Mediterranean diet-based intervention to change firefighters’ eating habits and improve cardiovascular risk profiles. Contemporary Clinical Trials, 61, 101–107.

Sotos-Prieto, M., Bhupathiraju, S. N., Mattei, J., Fung, T. T., Li, Y., Pan, A., … Hu, F. B. (2017). Association of Changes in Diet Quality with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality. The New England Journal of Medicine, 377(2), 143–153.

Mattei, J., Sotos-Prieto, M., Bigornia, S. J., Noel, S. E., & Tucker, K. L. (2017). The Mediterranean Diet Score Is More Strongly Associated with Favorable Cardiometabolic Risk Factors over 2 Years Than Other Diet Quality Indexes in Puerto Rican Adults. The Journal of Nutrition, 147(4), 661–669. 

Sotos-Prieto, M., Baylin, A., Campos, H., Qi, L., & Mattei, J. (2016). Lifestyle Cardiovascular Risk Score, Genetic Risk Score, and Myocardial Infarction in Hispanic/Latino Adults Living in Costa Rica. Journal of the American Heart Association, 5 (12).

Sotos-Prieto, M., Mattei, J., Hu, F. B., Chomistek, A. K., Rimm, E. B., Willett, W. C., … Chiuve, S. E. (2016). Association Between a Healthy Heart Score and the Development of Clinical Cardiovascular Risk Factors Among Women: Potential Role for Primordial Prevention. Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, 9 (2 Suppl 1), S77-85.

Sotos-Prieto, M., Bhupathiraju, S. N., Falcon, L. M., Gao, X., Tucker, K. L., & Mattei, J. (2016). Association between a Healthy Lifestyle Score and inflammatory markers among Puerto Rican adults. Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD, 26 (3), 178–184. 

Sotos-Prieto, M., Bhupathiraju, S. N., Mattei, J., Fung, T. T., Li, Y., Pan, A., … Hu, F. B. (2015). Changes in Diet Quality Scores and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Among US Men and Women. Circulation, 132 (23), 2212–2219.

Sotos-Prieto, M., Bhupathiraju, S. N., Falcón, L. M., Gao, X., Tucker, K. L., & Mattei, J. (2015). A Healthy Lifestyle Score Is Associated with Cardiometabolic and Neuroendocrine Risk Factors among Puerto Rican Adults. The Journal of Nutrition, 145 (7), 1531–1540.