Virginia Rall Chomitz, PhD, MS


Associate Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine


Tufts University School of Medicine
136 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02111

Phone: 617.636.3470
Fax: 617.636.4017


Degrees: PhD, MS
Institutions: Antioch University; Tufts University, School of Nutrition

Teaching Areas:

Community and Public Health Nutrition
Applied Learning Experience
Methods of Public Health Inquiry

Research Focus:

Community-based participatory research on obesity prevention, healthy eating, and active living (HEAL) promotion; Obesity prevention through primary care, particularly pediatric dental services; Building evidence for policy: particularly the relationship of physical activity, fitness & academic achievement; Cross-cultural/international obesity prevention

Select Publications:

  1. Garnett BR, Wendel J, Banks C, Goodridge A, Harding R, Harris R, Hacker, KA, Chomitz VR, Challenges of Data Dissemination Efforts within a Community Based Participatory Project About Persistent Racial Disparities in Excess Weight. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action. Summer 2015. Vol 9.2

  2. Hatfield DP, Chomitz VR, Chui K, Sacheck JM, Economos CD. Demographic, Physiologic, and Psychosocial Correlates of Physical Activity in Structured Exercise and Sports Among Low-Income, Overweight Children. Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. 2015 Sep-Oct;47(5):452-458.e1. doi: 10.1016/j.jneb.2015.05.008.

  3. Sacheck J, Chomitz V, Chui K, Wright C, Schultz N, Economos C., Active Bodies, Active Minds:  A Case Study on Physical Activity and  Academic Success in Lawrence, Massachusetts, The Boston Foundation, January 2015

  4. Chomitz VC, Lee V, Davidson B, Huang C, Li G, Chui KKH, Healthy Eating and Active Living: Opportunities and Challenges for Young Children in Boston Chinatown, Massachusetts, Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center , October, 2015