Mary Jane De Souza
Professor of Kinesiology and Physiology
104 Noll Laboratory
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park PA 16802
Women's health and physical activity, Female Athlete Triad (low energy availability with or without disordered eating, amenorrhea and osteoporosis), effects of exercise on the menstrual cycle, eating behaviors and food intake, bone health and osteoporosis in female athletes, and energy deficiency and bone health
Ph.D., 1988, Exercise Physiology, University of Connecticut
Etiology of and treatment of the Female Athlete Triad
Skeletal health in exercising women and athletes
Reproductive endocrinology of menstrual disorders in exercising women
RCTs of increased food intake in Triad-affected exercising women
MacNutt, M. De Souza MJ, Tomczak S, Homer J, Sheel A. Resting and exercise ventilatory chemosensitivity across the menstrual cycle. Journal of Applied Physiology. 2012, 112(5):737-747, Dec 15. [Epub ahead of print].
Hill BR, De Souza MJ, Williams NI. Characterization of the Diurnal Rhythm of Peptide YY and its Association with Energy Balance Parameters in Normal Weight Premenopausal Women. American Journal of Physiology: Endocrinology and Metabolism. 2011, 1 Aug;301(2):E409-15. Epub 2011 May 24.
Scheid JL, De Souza MJ, Leidy HJ, and NI Williams. Ghrelin but not PYY is related to body weight and energy availability. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. 2011,43(11):2063-71.
Scheid JL, Toombs RJ, Gibbs JC, Ducher, G, Williams NI, De Souza MJ. Estrogen and Peptide YY are associated with bone mineral density in premenopausal exercising women. Bone. 2011 Aug;49(2):194-201. Epub 2011 Apr 28.
De Souza, MJ. JL Scheid, RJ Toombs, M Corr, JC Gibbs, SA Awdishu, S Laredo, NI Williams. Reproductive Profiles, Androgen Hormones and Energetic Status of Oligomenorrheic Exercising Women. Journal of Applied Physiology. In Review. 2011.
Gibbs JC, Williams NI, Scheid JL, Toombs RJ, De Souza MJ. A high drive for thinness is associated with energy deficiency and severe menstrual disturbances: Confirmation in a large population of exercising women. International Journal of Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 2011 Aug;21(4):280-90.
- Domains of Health and Behavior
- Populations of Special Interest