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Dr Elaine Quah Phaik Ling

​Senior Research Fellow - Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Research Interests

  • Maternal-Child Health and Life Course Perspective
  • Lifestyle interventions for pregnant and postpartum women
  • Maternal feeding practices and child eating behaviour

Research Projects
  • Integrated Platform for Research in Advancing Metabolic Health Outcomes in Women and Children (IPRAMHO)
  • Lifestyle interventions to prevent postpartum T2D in Asian women with a history of gestational diabetes mellitus

Potential Future Direction of Research
  • Incorporating the use of wearable devices into lifestyle interventions for the prediction and prevention of gestational diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes through lifestyle modifications of diet and physical activity

  • 2009: Travel Grant Award - World Allergy Organisation
  • 2009: Best Poster Presentation Award - NHG 8th Annual Scientific Congress (ASC)
  • 2011: Young Investigator Award - 14th ASEAN Paediatric Congress 2011
  • 2016: Early Career Award Nominee - The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) Annual Meeting 2016
  • 2021: Best Poster Award - Asia Pacific Maternal and Child Metabolic Health Conference & IPRAMHO International Meeting 2021
  • 2022: Best Poster Award - Asia Pacific Maternal and Child Metabolic Health Conference & IPRAMHO International Meeting 2022

First-author publications
  1. Quah,P.L., Loo,B.K.G. Razali,N.S. Razali,N.S., Teo C.C., Tan,K.H. Parental perception and guideline awareness of children's lifestyle behaviours at ages 5 to 14 in Singapore. Ann Acad Med Singap. 2021;50(9):613-620. doi: 10.47102/annals-acadmedsg.2021134

  2. Quah PL, Kleijweg J, Chang YY, Toh JY, Lim HX, Sugianto R, Aris IM, Yuan WL, Tint MT, Bernard JY, Natarajan P, Müller-Riemenschneider F, Godfrey KM, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Shek LP, Tan KH, Eriksson JG, Yap F, Lee YS, Chong MFF. Associations of sugar sweetened beverage intake at ages 18 months and 5 years with adiposity outcomes at age 6 years: The Singapore GUSTO mother-offspring cohort. British Journal of Nutrition. 2019;122(11):1303-1312. doi: 10.1017/S0007114519002253

  3. Quah PL, Fries LR, Chan MJ, Fogel A, McCrickerd K, Goh AT, Aris IM, Lee YS, Pang WW, Basnyat I, Wee HL, Yap F, Godfrey K, Chong YS, Shek LPC, Tan KH, Forde CG, Chong MFF. Validation of the Children's Eating Behavior Questionnaire in 5 and 6 year-old children: The GUSTO cohort study. Frontiers in Psychology, section Eating Behavior. 2019;11(10):824. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00824

  4. Quah PL, Ng JC, Fries LR, Chan MJ, Aris IM, Lee YS, Yap F, Godfrey K, Chong YS, Shek LPC, Tan KH, Forde CG, Chong MFF. Longitudinal analysis between maternal feeding practices and body mass index (BMI): a study in Asian Singaporean preschoolers. Frontiers in Nutrition, section Eating Behavior. 2019;6:32. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2019.00032.

  5. Quah PL, Syuhada G, Fries LR, Chan MJ, Lim HX, Toh JY, Sugianto R, Aris IM, Lee YS, Yap F, Godfrey KM, Gluckman PD, Chong YS, Shek LP, Tan KH, Forde CG, Chong MFF. Maternal feeding practices in relation to dietary intakes and BMI in 5 year-olds in a multi-ethnic Asian population. PLoS One. 2018;13(9):e0203045.doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0203045.


Co-author publications

  1. Toh JY, Quah PL,Wong  CH , Yuan WL , Aris IM, McCrickerd K, Godfrey KM, Gluckman  PD,  Chong  YS, Shek LPC, Tan KH, Yap F, Meaney MJ, Forde CG, Lee YS, Broekman BFP, Chong MFF.  Evaluation of a child food reward task and its association with maternal feeding practices. PLoS One. 2021;16(7):e0254773.

  2. Pang WW, McCrickerd K, Quah PL, Fogel A, Aris IM, Yuan WL, Fok D, Chua MC, Lim SB, Shek LP, Chan SY, Tan KH, Yap F, Godfrey KM, Meaney MJ, Wlodek ME, Eriksson JG, Kramer MS, Forde CG, Chong MF, Chong YS. Is breastfeeding associated with later child eating behaviours? Appetite. 2020 Jul 1;150:104653. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2020.104653.

  3. Fries LR, Chan MJ, Quah PL, Toh JY, Fogel A, Goh AT, Aris IM, Broekman BFP, Cai S, Tint MT, Chong YS, Shek LP, Lee YS, Yap F, Tan KH, Gluckman PD, Godfrey KM, Silva Zolezzi I, Forde CG, Chong MFF. Maternal feeding practices and children's food intake during an ad libitum buffet meal: Results from the GUSTO cohort. Appetite. 2019;142:104371. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2019.104371.

  4. Loy SL, Lim LM, Chan SY, Tan PT,  Chee YL, Quah PL, Chan JKY, Tan KH, Yap F, Godfrey KM,  Shek LPC, Chong MFF, Kramer MS, Chong YS, Chi C. Iron status and risk factors of iron deficiency among pregnant women in Singapore: a cross-sectional study. BMC Public Health. 2019;19:397.

  5. Lai JS, Mohamad Ayob MN, Cai S, Quah PL, Gluckman PD, Shek LP, Yap F, Tan KH, Chong YS, Godfrey KM, Meaney MJ, Broekman BFP, Rifkin-Graboi A, Chong MFF. Maternal plasma vitamin B12 concentrations during pregnancy and infant cognitive outcomes at 2 years of age. British Journal of Nutrition. 2019;121(11):1303-1312. doi:10.1017/S0007114519000746.

  6. Lee L, Crozier SR, Aris IM, Tint MT, Sadananthan SA, Michael N, Quah PL, Robinson SM, Inskip HM, Harvey NC, Barker M, Cooper C, Velan SS, Lee YS, Fortier MV, Yap F, Gluckman PD, Tan KH, Shek LP, Chong YS, Godfrey KM, Chong MFF. Prospective associations of maternal choline status with offspring body composition in the first 5 years of life in two large mother-offspring cohorts: the Southampton Women's Survey cohort and the Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes cohort. International Journal of Epidemiology. 2019. doi:10.1093/ije/dyy291.

  7. Fogel A, Mccrickerd K, Fries LR, Goh AT, Quah PL, Chan MJ, Toh JY, Chong YS, Tan KH, Yap F, Shek LP, Meaney MJ, Broekman BFP, Lee YS, Godfrey KM, Chong MFF, Forde CG. Eating in the absence of hunger: Stability over time and associations with eating behaviors and body composition in children. Physiology & Behavior. 2018; 192:82 89.doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2018.03.033

  8. Fogel A, Fries LR, McCrickerd K, Goh AT, Quah PL, Chan MJ, Toh JY, Chong YS, Tan KH, Yap F, Shek LP, Meaney MJ, Broekman BFP, Lee YS, Godfrey KM, Fong Chong MF, Forde CG. Oral processing behaviours that promote children's energy intake are associated with parent-reported appetitive traits: Results from the GUSTO cohort. Appetite. 2018;126:8-15. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.03.011.

  9. Tint MT, Chong MF, Aris IM, Godfrey KM, Quah PL, Kapur J, Saw SM, Gluckman PD, Rajadurai VS, Yap F, Kramer MS, Chong YS, Henry CJ, Fortier MV, Lee YS. Association between maternal mid-gestation vitamin D status and neonatal abdominal adiposity. International Journal of Obesity (London). 2018;42(7):1296-1305. doi: 10.1038/s41366-018-0032-2.


Articles in Magazines/Newsletters

  • Consumption of sugar sweetened beverage in early childhood associated to higher risks of overweight and obesity: Singapore study, Food,9 October 2019.


Media Releases

  • 24-hour activity guidelines to promote healthy lifestyle habits.  The Straits Times. 9 January 2021.

  • 24-hour activity guidelines for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. The Straits Times. 21 January 2022.