Aviva Must, PhD


Morton A. Madoff Professor and Chair of Public Health and Community Medicine
Dean, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs


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

Phone: 617.636.0446
Fax: 617.636.4017
Email: aviva.must@tufts.edu


PhD, Nutrition, Tufts University School of Medicine

Research Focus:

My research focuses on the epidemiology of obesity across the lifespan with a particular interest in physical and psychosocial health consequences during adolescence. Current projects explore bidirectional associations of child mental health with obesity, and effects of early obesity on tooth eruption. Additional research foci include the development of valid survey measures and surveillance systems for pediatric obesity and proximal modifiable behaviors (nutrition, physical activity, sedentary behavior). Recent efforts have been directed towards developing the descriptive epidemiology and health promotion for children with special health care needs, a population of youth who have been underserved by preventive health efforts, (ironically) due to their complex medical needs.

Select Publications:

  1. Goodman E, Must A. Depressive symptoms in severely obese Compared to Normal Weight Adolescents: Results from a Community-Based Longitudinal Study. J Adol Hlth 2011;49(1):64-9.
  2. Minihan PM, Must A, Anderson B, Popper B, Dworetzky B.  Children with special health care needs: Acknowledging the dilemma of difference in policy responses to obesity. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2011;8(5): A95. PMID: 21843425.
  3. Must A, Phillips SM, Naumova EN. Occurence and Timing of Childhood Overweight and Mortality: Findings from the Third Harvard Growth Study. Journal of Pediatrics. 2011 In Press. PMID: 22183448.
  4. Anderson SE, Must A, Curtin C, Bandini LG. Meals in Our Household: Reliability and initial validation of a questionnaire to assess child mealtime behaviors and family mealtime environments. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2012;112:276-284. PMID:    22172218
  5. Bandini LG, Fleming RK, Scampini R, Gleason J, Must A. Is body mass index a useful measure of excess body fatness in adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome?  J Intellectual Disab Res doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2788.2012.01605.x PMID: 22974061
  6. Kalich K, Chomitz V, Bell R, Peterson K, Must A. An Assessment of School-Based Weight Screening on Students’ Perceived Comfort, Utility and Behavioral Intention, BMC Pediatrics 2008;8:9.
  7. Anderson SE, Cohen P, Naumova EN, Must A. Association of depression and anxiety disorders with weight change in a prospective community-based study of children followed into adulthood. Arch Ped Adol Med 2006,160:285-91.
  8. Must A, Naumova EN, Phillips SM, Blum M, Dawson-Hughes B, Rand WM. Childhood overweight and maturational timing in the development of adult overweight and fatness: The Newton Girls Study and its follow-up. Pediatrics 2005;116:620-7.
  9. Must A, Spadano J, Coakley EH, Field AE, Colditz G, Dietz WH. The disease burden associated with overweight and obesity in the United States, 1988-1994. JAMA 1999;282:1523-9.
  10. Must A, Jacques PF, Dallal GE, Bajema CJ, Dietz WH. Long-term morbidity and mortality of overweight adolescents: a follow-up of the Harvard Growth Study 1922 to 1935. New Engl J Med 1992;327:1350-5.