Faculty (PHN)

Program Administration

Photo of Dr. Kirsten Davison, Associate Professor in Nutrition and Social and Behavioral SciencesKirsten Davison, Program Director
Associate Professor of Nutrition and Social and Behavioral Sciences

Key Interests: Families and child health; family-centered interventions; parenting effects on youth physical activity and screen-based behaviors; development and application of conceptual models for obesity prevention; program evaluation; longitudinal research designs


Dr. Teresa Fung, Adjunct Professor of NutritionTeresa Fung, Practicum Coordinator
Adjunct Professor
Associate Professor of Nutrition, Simmons College

Key Interests: Dietary patterns’ influence on chronic disease, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, and colorectal cancer; vitamin intake


Nutrition Faculty

Dr. Eric Rimm, Professor in Epidemiology and NutritionEric Rimm
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School (HMS)

Key Interests: School-based nutrition interventions (NOURISH study), translation of changes to SNAP policy; cardiovascular epidemiology; associations between diet and physical activity in relation to risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke

Elsie TaverasDr. Elsie Tavares, Associate Professor in Nutrition
Associate Professor of Nutrition

Key Interests: Early life risk factors for childhood obesity; clinical interventions for childhood obesity prevention; obesity prevention in underserved populations


Dr. Christina Roberto, Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition

Christina Roberto
Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Science and Nutrition

Key Interests: Food policy issues; obesity; eating disorders; food labelling; integrating psychology, behavioral economics, marketing and public health


Dr. Matthew Gillman, Professor in NutritionMatthew Gillman
Professor of Nutrition

Key Interests: Genetic epidemiology; obesity prevention among children; early life prevention of chronic disease (obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, asthma)


Dr. David Ludwig, Professor in NutritionDavid Ludwig
Professor of Nutrition

Key Interests: Treatment of childhood obesity in clinical and community settings; glycemic index; sugar-sweetened beverage consumption in children



Dr. Clifford Lo, Associate Professor in NutritionClifford Lo
Associate Professor of Nutrition

Key Interests: Total parenteral nutrition in pediatrics; vitamin D and calcium metabolism; micronutrients in clinical medicine; nutritional assessment



Dr. Lilian Cheung. Lecturer in Nutrition; Director of Health Promotion and Communication Lilian Cheung 
Director, Health Promotion and Communication

Key Interests: Health communication to promote healthy lifestyles for chronic disease prevention and control


Frank HuDr. Frank Hu, Professor in Nutrition and Epidemiology
Professor of Nutrition and Epidemiology
Co-Director, Program in Obesity Epidemiology and Prevention, HSPH
Director, Harvard Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer Center

Key Interests: Prevention of type-2 diabetes/metabolic disease through diet and lifestyle; gene-environment interactions in relation to type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular complications

Walter WillettDr. Walter Willett, Chair of the Department of Nutrition; Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
Chair, Department of Nutrition
Professor, Department of Epidemiology

Key Interests: Investigation of dietary factors in the cause and prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer (especially breast and colon cancer); development of measurements for dietary intake in large populations; lifestyle factors’ relationship to disease occurrence


Faculty in Other Harvard Departments and Schools

Dr. S. Bryn Austin, Associate Professor in Social and Behavioral Sciences S. Bryn Austin
Associate Professor,  Social and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (STRIPED)

Key Interests: Social and physical environmental influences on physical activity, nutritional patterns, and eating disorders risk in school and community settings; LGBT adolescent health

Laura BogartDr. Laura Bogart, Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Key Interests: Obesity prevention in school-based settings; community-based participatory research; health disparities; social psychology


Dr. Cara Ebbeling, Assistant Professor of PediatricsCara Ebbeling
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Co-Director of Obesity Research, Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH)

Key Interests: Behavioral counseling for promoting dietary change for children, adolescents and adults; using self-report methodology to assess diet and physical activity


Steven GortmakerDr. Steven Gortmaker, Professor of Health Sociology
Professor of Social Behavioral Sciences

Key Interests: Health of children and adolescents; income poverty; social stress; national and state policy; school-based obesity prevention in youth populations; after school settings; cost benefit analyses


Emily OkenDr. Emily Oken, Associate Professor of Nutrition and Population Medicine
Associate Professor of Population Medicine

Key Interests: Influence of nutrition during pregnancy and childhood on maternal and child health


Alison Field
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, HMS

Key Interests: Modifiable causes, correlates, consequences, and course of overweight, weight gain, and disordered eating among children, adolescents, and adult women

Program Affiliates

Dr. Emily Broad Leib, Lecturer on Law; Deputy Director of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Emily Broad-Leib
Instructor, Harvard Law School
Director, Food Law and Policy Clinic
Associate Director, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Key Interests: Food law and policy and implications for access to healthy foods; prevention of diet-related diseases

Angie Cradock
Senior Research Scientist, HSPH Prevention Research Center

Key Interests: Social/environmental factors associated with physical activity and nutrition behaviors among youth; school and neighborhood environments (built environment); community-based intervention research; policy research