Recent publications

Ingestive behaviors

Placek, C. D., Jaykrishna, P., Srinivas, V., & Madhivanan, P. (2021). Pregnancy Fasting in Ramadan: Toward a Biocultural Framework. Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 1-25.

Placek, C. D., Magnan, R. E., Srinivas, V., Jaykrishna, P., Ravi, K., Khan, A., ... & Hagen, E. H. (2021). The impact of information about tobacco-related reproductive vs. general health risks on South Indian women's tobacco use decisions. Evolutionary Human Sciences, 3.

Placek, C. D., Place, J. M., & Wies, J. (2021). Reflections and Challenges of Pregnant and Postpartum Participant Recruitment in the Context of the Opioid Epidemic. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 1-5.

Placek, C., Roulette, C., Hudanick, N., Khan, A., Ravi, K., Jayakrishna, P., ... & Madhivanan, P. (2019). Exploring biocultural models of chewing tobacco and paan among reproductive‐aged women: Self‐medication, protection, or gender inequality? American Journal of Human Biology, e23281.

Placek C. D., Srinivas, V., Jayakrishna, P., Madhivanan, P. (2019). Mixed-methods, rapport-building, and repeated measures in substance use research: Implications for informant accuracy, Field Methods, 31(4).

Bhaumik S, Placek C. D., Kochumoni R, Lekha TR, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, Brian Hitsman, Mark D Huffman, S Harikrishnan , Shifalika Goenka. (2018). Tobacco Cessation Among Acute Coronary Syndrome Patients in Kerala, India: A Qualitative Analysis of Patient and Provider Perspectives, Qualitative Health Research 29(8), 1145-1160.

Placek C. D. Food Cravings and Aversions (2018). In T.K. Shackelford, V.A. Weekes-Shackelford (eds.), Encyclopedia of Evolutionary Psychological Science.

Placek, C. D. (2017). A test of four evolutionary hypotheses of pregnancy food cravings: evidence for the social bargaining model. Royal Society open science, 4(10), 170243.


Placek, C. D., Madhivanan, P., & Hagen, E. H. (2017). Innate food aversions and culturally transmitted food taboos in pregnant women in rural southwest India: Separate systems to protect the fetus?. Evolution and Human Behavior, 38(6), 714-728.


Placek, C. D. and Hagen E. H. (2015). Fetal Protection: The roles of social learning and innate food aversions in South India. Human Nature, 26(3), 255-276.


Placek, C. D. and Hagen E. H. (2013). A test of three hypotheses of pica and amylophagy among pregnant women in Tamil Nadu, India. American Journal of Human Biology, 25(6), 803-813.

Global Health

Placek C. D., Nishimura, H., Hudanick, N., Stephens, D., Madhivanan, P.  Reframing HIV stigma & fear: Considerations from social-ecological and evolutionary theories of reproduction, Human Nature, 30(1), 1-22.


Peguero H., Stephens D., Placek C. D., Madhivanan P. (2019). “Even an HIV infected person can live 100 years": Perceptions of HIV among Hijras in Mysore, India, Journal of Global Health.


Krupp, K., Placek, C. D., Wilcox, M., Ravi, K., Srinivas, V., Arun, A., & Madhivanan, P. (2018). Financial decision making power is associated with moderate to severe anemia: A prospective cohort study among pregnant women in rural South India. Midwifery, 61, 15-21.

Placek, C. D., & Madhivanan, P. (2017). Exploring the perceptions of pregnancy loss between two populations of South Indian women: a pilot study. Public health, 148, 9-12.

Placek, C. D. (2017). Ethnomedical and sociocultural factors of pica substances in rural South India. Ecology of food and nutrition, 56(3), 238-255.


Kojima, N., Krupp, K., Ravi, K., Jaykrishna, P., Leonardson-Placek, C., Siddhaiah, A., Bristow, C., Arun, A., Klausner, J., Madhivanan, P. (2017). Implementing and Sustaining a Free Mobile Medical Clinic for Prenatal Care and STI Prevention in Pregnant Women in Mysore, India. BMC Infectious Diseases, 17(1), 189.

McGuire, M. K., Meehan, McGuire, M., Williams, J., Foster, J., Sellen, D., Kamau-Mbuthia, E., Kamundia, E., Moore, S., Kvist, L., Otoo, G., Brooker, S., Price, W., Placek C., Lackey, K., Robertson, B., Manzano, S., Rodriguez Gomez, J., Pareja. R., & Lars Bode, L. (2017). What’s normal? Oligosaccharide concentrations in milk produced by healthy women vary geographically and are related to secretor status, maternal body weight, and time postpartum. The American Journal for Clinical Nutrition 105(5), 1086-1100.

Council, S. K., & Placek C. D. (2015). Cultural change and explicit anti-fat attitudes in a developing nation: A case study in rural Dominica. Social Medicine, 9(1), 11-21.


Council, S. K., & Placek C. D. (2015). Cambios culturales y actitudes estigmatizantes hacia el sobrepeso en una nación en desarrollo: estudio de caso en Dominica rural/Cultural change and explicit anti-fat attitudes in a developing nation: A case study in rural Dominica. Medicina Social, 9(1), 29-41.