Principal Research Scientist
Deputy Director, Harvard Prevention Research Center
Dr. Angie Cradock is a Principal Research Scientist and the Deputy Director of the Harvard Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The mission of the Harvard Prevention Research Center on Nutrition and Physical Activity is to work with communities, community agencies, state and local government, and other partners to develop, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of methodologies and interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity and reduce obesity and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families and to translate and disseminate this work at community, state and national levels to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes.
Dr. Cradock’s research primarily focuses on the social, policy, and environmental factors associated with physical activity and nutrition behaviors among youth. Specific areas of interest include 1) using community based participatory research strategies to foster partnership and innovation in promoting child health; 2) implementing and testing policy, organizational and systems change interventions to improve nutrition and physical activity behaviors; and 3) using economic analysis to identify cost-effective interventions to address nutrition and physical activity behaviors and to prevent obesity.
Currently, Dr. Cradock serves as the Co-Principal Investigator of the CHOICES (Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study) Project. This project has modeled the cost-effectiveness of interventions that can improve children’s nutrition and physical activity and reduce the prevalence of obesity.Results from this work are providing researchers and policymakers with both methods and data to use in deciding on the “best value for money” interventions to reduce obesity prevalence in children and adults in the United States. In addition, Dr. Cradock leads the CHOICES Learning Collaborative Partnerships, formal partnerships with 11 state and local health agencies which provide technical assistance, training, and cost-effectiveness modeling support to these partners to create local-level cost-effectiveness models of potential obesity prevention interventions to that can inform decision-making.
Dr. Cradock earned her Doctor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Health and Social Behavior from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, a Master of Physical Education degree from Pacific Lutheran University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from Vassar College.