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Tufts University School of Medicine

Aviva Must

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

Aviva Must

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

Phone ​617-636-0446

Biography

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.

Education

  • ​PhD, Nutrition, Tufts University School of Medicine

Research interests

Nutrition and Infectious Diseases

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. Occurrence and Timing of Childhood Overweight and Mortality: Findings from the Third Harvard Growth Study. J Pediatr 2012;160:743-50.