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:

Must A, Eliasziw M, Phillips SM, Curtin C, Kral TV, Segal M, Sherwood NE, Sikich L, Stanish HI, Bandini LG.  The effect of age on the prevalence of obesity among US youth with autism spectrum disorder. Child Obes. 2017;13:25-35.

Anzman-Frasca S, Economos CD, Tovar A, Boulos R, Sliwa S, Gute DM, Pirie A, Must A. Depressive symptoms and weight status among women recently immigrating to the US. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2016, 20:1578-85.

Evans EW, Jacques PF, Dallal GE, Sacheck J, Must A. The role of eating frequency on total energy intake and diet quality in a low-income, racially diverse sample of schoolchildren. Public Health Nutr 2015;18:474-81.

Goldberg JP, Folta SC, Eliasziw M, Koch-Weser S, Economos CD, Hubbard KM, Peterson LA, Wright CM, Must A.  Great Taste, Less Waste: A cluster-randomized trial using a communications campaign to improve the quality of foods brought from home to school by elementary school children.  Preventive Med. 2015; 74:103-10.

Hubbard KL, Bandini LG, Folta SC, Wansink B, Eliasziw M, Must A. Impact of a Smarter Lunchroom intervention on food selection and consumption among adolescents and young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a residential school setting. Public Health Nutr 2014:1-11.

Must A, Phillips SM, Naumova EN. Occurence and Timing of Childhood Overweight and Mortality: Findings from the Third Harvard Growth Study.  J Pediatr 2012;160:743-50.

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.

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.

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.

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.