Professor, Department of Population Health
Professor, Department of Medicine
I use behavioral economics to investigate how individuals make decisions about their health, in particular how public policy and the environment affects obesity and related chronic disease. Using statistical and econometric methods and diverse data sources, including surveys, sales data, and administrative data, we seek to inform policy on obesity prevention.
I have investigated the role of the food environment and the built environment, including neighborhoods, on childhood obesity. I also study the impact of several public policies on health:
As the founding director of NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Program on Obesity, I am spearheading an initiative designed to determine causes of obesity and develop new treatment and prevention strategies. This institution-wide initiative features the DataBridge, an infrastructure for integrating data from population health, clinical, and basic science research using big-data analytics.
I also serve as chief of the Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation in the Department of Population Health.
Associate Dean, Research Mission Strategy and Administration
Director, Comprehensive Program on Obesity
Director, Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation, Department of Population Health
PhD from Yale University
MPH from Yale University
Environmental research. 2022 Mar 23; 212(Pt A):113146
Preventive medicine reports. 2022 Feb; 25:101661
Journal of general internal medicine. 2022 Jan 11;
medRxiv : the preprint server for health sciences. 2021 Dec 17;
JAMA network open. 2021 Oct 01; 4(10):e2130789
Pediatric obesity. 2021 Sep 27; e12856
Journal of clinical investigation. 2021 09 15; 131(18):