Aviva Must, PhD

Director, Small Grants to Advance Translational Science Program (S-GATS)
Tufts CTSI; Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Must is the Morton A. Madoff Professor of Public Health and Chair of the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts School of Medicine. Dr. Must is a nutritional epidemiologist who has worked in population-based obesity research since 1988. She focuses on the epidemiology of obesity across the lifespan with a particular interest in physical and psychosocial health consequences during adolescence and in vulnerable populations. 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 developmental disabilities. Dr. Must directs the Clinical and Community Research Core of the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center, a cross-institution NIH-funded Obesity Center and is co-director of the Healthy Weight Research Network for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities, funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau of HRSA, USDHHS.