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
Journal of racial & ethnic health disparities. 2021 Jun 21;
Annals of epidemiology. 2021 May 27; 61:1-7
International journal of environmental research & public health. 2021 02 04; 18(4):
JAMA network open. 2020 Nov 02; 3(11):e2024385
JMIR research protocols. 2020 Oct 19; 9(10):e21377
American journal of preventive medicine. 2020 Oct; 59(4):522-529
Regional science & urban economics. 2020 Sep; 84:
Health & place. 2020 Aug 26; 65:102408