Gayle Shipp

Gayle Shipp is in her fourth year at MSU working on an NIH R21 intervention study titled “Mama Bear”. It is a dual intervention study gathering pilot data, integrating components of breastfeeding support and weight management for African-Americans. Specifically, her research will focus on understanding Breastfeeding Self- Efficacy and Perceived Social Support in African-American women enrolled in a Randomized Control Trial testing different levels of breastfeeding support. This is an opportunity where Gayle plans to take her experiences working within the community and apply the knowledge to her research while beginning to make changes and build collaborations with the long-term goal of building policies and procedures that can positively impact the breastfeeding dyad.

Gayle Melissa Shipp was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. Gayle graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Human Nutrition and continued on completing her MS in Nutritional Science at Wayne State University (WSU) in 2012. Concurrent with her studies, she completed the Certificate in Public Health Practice at WSU in 2015. After completing her MS in Nutritional Science, Gayle was a Nutrition Educator and also became a Certified Lactation Specialist with the Women Infants and Children (WIC) Program. Gayle was also previously a Nutrition Instructor with Oakland Community College and has served as the Michigan State Breastfeeding Coordinator with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.


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