Christina Economos, Ph.D.
Christina Economos is co-Founder and Director of ChildObesity180 and is an Associate Professor and the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. As the principal investigator of large-scale research studies, Dr. Economos’ goal is to inspire behavior, policy, and environmental change to reduce obesity and improve the health of America’s children. At ChildObesity180 Dr. Economos blends scientific evidence and rigor with innovation and experience from the private sector to develop, implement, evaluate, and scale high-impact obesity prevention initiatives. She led the groundbreaking Shape Up Somerville study demonstrating that it is possible to reduce excess weight gain in children through multiple leverage points within an entire community. Dr. Economos is involved in national obesity and public health activities and has served on four Institute of Medicine committees including Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention and the Committee on an Evidence Framework for Obesity Prevention Decision-Making. In addition, she serves on the American Heart Association’s Nutrition Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health, and has authored more than 130 scientific publications. 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.