Sarah Sliwa

Sarah Sliwa, PhD is an instructor teaching in the Developing Healthy Communities Online Graduate Certificate program at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Sarah brings nearly a decade of experience working on childhood obesity prevention initiatives.  Sarah currently serves as a health scientist with CDC Healthy Schools in the Division of Population Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She leads work on school-based approaches to prevent childhood obesity and to enhance opportunities for physical activity and healthy eating in out-of-school time programs. In this role, she conducts and synthesizes research, provides technical assistance, and translates science into evidence-informed guidance and resources.  Previously, she served as a CDC Evaluation Fellow and as a Christine Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellow with the National Academies of Science. Sarah received a PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition with a concentration in nutrition interventions from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston.



  • Ph.D., 2014, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, specializing in Nutrition Interventions, Friedman School, Tufts University
  • M.S., 2009, Food Policy and Applied Nutrition, specializing in Food Policy and Economics, Friedman School, Tufts University
  • B.A., 2004, International Relations, International Letters & Visual Studies, Tufts University

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