School of Dental Medicine

Faculty and Staff

Linda E. May, PhD, MS, FAHA

Associate Professor, Tenure

4267 Ledyard E. Ross Hall

Clinical Interests
Exercise during pregnancy; child development- specifically as it relates to heart, body composition, and oral health measures for the baby before and after birth; improving the overall health of women and children.

PhD - Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
MS - University of Florida
BS - University of Florida

Society Memberships
American Heart Association (AHA)
International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)
American Physiological Society (APS)
American Association of Anatomists (AAA)
American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)

Biographical Information
Dr. Linda May, associate professor at the ECU School of Dental Medicine, teaches dental students and is adjunct faculty assistant professor of exercise physiology for Health and Human Performance as well as obstetrics and gynecology for the Brody School of Medicine. Dr. May conducts research on topics relating to the influence of maternal exercise during pregnancy on child development before and after birth. Her research is presented in world-wide media outlets, including the New York Times.

Dr. May received a PhD from Kent State University and Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine. Her dissertation focus was on the development of the cardiac beta-adrenergic system in BAX and NGF knockout mice. She attended the University of Florida where she earned a MS, graduating Cum Laude in Exercise physiology. Dr. May also graduated, with Honors, from the University of Florida with a BS in Sports Administration.

Dr. May published her first book “Physiology of Prenatal Exercise and Fetal Development” in 2012, and has won the 2017 East Carolina University Health Sciences Author Award. Dr. May has taught for over fifteen years, in subjects including histology, physiology, and gross anatomy. Her hobbies and interests include spending time with her family, biking, exercising, gardening, cooking, baseball, and the outdoors.

1. May, LE, Spencer, K, Daniels, R, Rouse, J, Stoop, A, White, W, Suminski, R. (2017). Community Awareness of Pregnancy and Child Health in Four North Carolina Counties. Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health 3(6): 294. doi:10.4172/2376-127X.1000294

2. Newton, E, May, LE. (2017). Adaptation of maternal-fetal physiology during exercise in pregnancy: The basis of guidelines for physical activity in pregnancy. Clin Med Insights Women’s Health. 2017 Feb 23;10:1179562X17693224. doi: 10.1177/1179562X17693224. eCollection 2017.

3.Terry, MJ, May, LE, Drake, WB, Zare-Maivan, E, Smith, E. (2016). Relationships of Left-Sided Heart Measures in Normal Pediatric Patients. Journal of Experimental Cardiology and Research 3(2): 019.

4. May, L, Knowlton, J, Hanson, J, Paynter, C, Suminski, R, Gustafson, KM. (2016). Effect of Exercise During Pregnancy on Maternal Heart Rate and Heart Rate Variability. PM R 8(7): 611-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pmrj.2015.11.006. Epub 2015 Nov 18.

5. May, LE, Allen, JJB, Gustafson, KM. (2016). Fetal and Maternal Cardiac Responses to Physical Activity and Exercise During Pregnancy. EarHumDev (94) 49-52. doi: 10.1016/j.earlhumdev.2016.01.005.

6. Moyer, C, Roldan-Reoyo, O, May, LE. (2016). The influence of prenatal exercise on offspring health. Clinical Medicine Insights: Women’s Health 9:37-42.

7. Satterfield, N, Newton, E, May, LE. (2016). Activity in pregnancy for patients with a history of preterm birth. Clinical Medicine Insights: Women’s Health 9(Suppl 1): 17-21. doi: 10.4137/CMWH.S34684. eCollection 2016.

8. Milliken, L, May, L. (2016). Chapter 7: Exercise Prescription for Healthy Populations with Special Considerations. In Randi Lite (Editor), ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, 10th ed. Baltimore: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

9. Moyer, C, Livingston, J, Fang, X, May, LE. (2015). Influence of exercise mode on pregnancy outcomes: ENHANCED by Mom project. BMC Preg Childbirth in press.

10. May, LE. (2015). Cardiac Physiology in Pregnancy. Comprehensive Physiology in press.

11. May, LE, Suminski, RS. (2014) Amount of Physical activity in Pregnancy and infant heart outcomes. Journal of Neonatal Biology (In Press).

12. May, LE, Terry, M, Drake, WB, Suminski, RR. (2014). Effects of Exercise During Pregnancy on Childhood Heart Measures. Journal of Cardiobiology S(1): 5.

13. Moyer, C, May, L. (2014). Influence of exercise mode on Maternal, Fetal, and Neonatal outcomes. Medical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2(2):1036.

14. May, LE, Smith, EM, Zare-Maivan, E. Choosing Not To Exercise During Pregnancy. (2014). Journal of Yoga & Physical Therapy 4:3.

15. May, LE, Suminski, RR, Langaker, MD (2014). Influence of Maternal BMI and Exercise on Fetal Heart Outcomes. In Print Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics.

16. Van Leeuwen,P, Gustafson,KM, Cysarz,D, Geue,D, May,LE, Grönemeyer,,D. (2014). Aerobic exercise during pregnancy and presence of fetal-maternal heart rate synchronization. PLoSOne. 9(8):e103036. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0106036. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25162592

17. May, L. (2014). Considerations of the pregnant dental patient. Journal of Dental Health, Oral Disorders & Therapy, 1(2), 00010. doi:10.15406/jdhodt.2014.01.00010

18. May, LE, Suminski, R. R., Berry, A., Langaker, M. D., & Gustafson, K. M. (2014). Maternal physical activity mode and fetal heart outcome. Early Human Development 90(7):365-369. ( PMID: 24794306

19. May, L, Suminski, R. R., Yeung, A. Y., Linklater, E. R., Christensen, C., & Jahnke, S. (2014). Pregnant patient knowledge of and obstetric provider advice on oral health. Dentistry, Oral Disorders & Therapy, 2(1), 1-6.

20. May, LE, Scholtz, S. A., Suminski, R., & Gustafson, K. M. (2014). Aerobic exercise during pregnancy influences infant heart rate variability at one month of age. Early Human Development, 90(1), 33-38. doi: PMID: 24287100

21. May, L, Suminski, R., Berry, A., Linklater, E., & Jahnke, S. (2014). Diet and pregnancy: Health-care providers and patient behaviors. Journal of Perinatal Education, 23(1), 50-58. doi:10.1891/1058-1243.23.1.50. PMID: 24453468

22. May, LE, Suminski, R. R., Linklater, E. R., Jahnke, S., & Glaros, A. G. (2013). Exercise during pregnancy: The role of obstetric providers. The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 113(8), 612-619. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2013.022. PMID: 23918912

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