UNC Nutrition Research Institute
The University of Montana
PhD, Demography, Epidemiology and Population Studies
Wake Forest University
Researching public health problems with major behavioral components has been the focus of Dr. May’s career. Currently the prevalence and epidemiological characteristics of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) have been his dominant areas of study. With an exceptional multidisciplinary clinical and epidemiological research team from several universities, Dr. May is funded by NIH to research the characteristics of FASD among groups of Native Americans, South Africans, Italians, and the general population of the United States. Studies to help refine diagnostic criteria for FASD, the neurobehavioral characteristics of FASD, maternal risk and protective factors for FASD, and prevention of FASD are specific foci of the research. As his previous investigations have linked body mass and nutrition to the severity of FASD outcomes, targeted nutritional investigations may provide better understandings of FASD etiology, intervention, and prevention.