Aviva Must, Ph.D.

Aviva Must Professor, Tufts School of Medicine, Public Health and Community Medicine

Dr. Must is the Morton A. Madoff Professor of Public Health at the Tufts University School of Medicine, and Chair of the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine. Her research area is the epidemiology of obesity, with a focus on long-term physical and psychosocial health consequences of childhood growth characteristics and obesity effects at critical periods across the lifespan, such as adolescence and pregnancy. She has conducted retrospective cohort studies in diverse populations, including historical cohorts from the 1920s and 1960s, and a matched exposure study of repatriated prisoners of war. The MIT Growth and Development Study, a 10-year prospective study of girls, examines the metabolic dietary and lifestyle factors related to incident obesity and fatness change of the adolescent period.

Additional areas of interest and activity include surveillance and survey activities in school-aged children, lifestyle behaviors and health promotion among children with developmental disabilities, community-based interventions in pediatric populations, and weight screening in schools. Dr. Must is Director of the Clinical and Community Research Core of the Boston Obesity Nutrition Research Center and chair of the Publications Board for The Obesity Society.