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The Friedman School pursues cutting-edge research and education from cell to society, including in molecular nutrition, human metabolism, population studies, clinical trials, nutrition interventions and behavior change, communication, food systems and sustainability, global food insecurity, humanitarian crises, and food economics and policy.
Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
The New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition
Christina Economos, PhD is the Dean ad interim at the Friedman School, the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, and a Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. At the Friedman School, she co-founded and served as Director of ChildObesity180, a nationally renowned research initiative focused on evidence-based interventions, multi-sector partnerships, and stakeholder networks to address the complex drivers of child health and promote equity. She has served as the Dean for Research Strategy and as Chair of the Nutrition Interventions, Communications, and Behavior Change Division at Friedman.
Dr. Economos currently serves as the principal investigator on multiple large-scale, community-based interventions that examine childhood nutrition and physical activity with the goal of improving the health of all of America's children. Her bio-behavioral research studies are interdisciplinary and include theory-based obesity prevention interventions, cutting edge systems science, and partnerships with diverse populations in urban and rural communities in schools, out-of-school environments, childcare centers, and restaurants. She has authored more than 200 scientific publications.
She has co-created and co-directed a university-wide institute to address global obesity as part of Tufts University’s research and scholarship strategic plan. The Tufts Institute for Global Obesity Research (TIGOR) is a community of over 50 faculty across 8 schools. She also serves as Vice Chair of the Roundtable on Obesity Solutions (ROOS) at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington DC, a multisector group tackling obesity.
A dedicated scientist, she is equally committed to teaching and mentoring both students and junior faculty members at the School. At Friedman, she has advised over 100 master’s students, supervised internships and directed studies, and served on multiple thesis committees. As Chair of the Nutrition Interventions, Communications, and Behavior Change Division, she grew it into one of the largest in the School through a focus on recruitment, research expansion, faculty development, diversity, equity, inclusion, and curriculum design.
Dr. Economos received a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University and a Doctorate in Nutritional Biochemistry from Tufts University
Creating the You're The Mom project in Boston, Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia. YTM was a social media campaign that empowers moms to take small steps to make healthy eating fun and easy for their kids