Dr. Angie Cradock is a Senior 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 Prevention Research Center is to work with community partners to design, implement, and evaluate programs that improve nutrition and physical activity, and reduce obesity and chronic disease risk among children, youth, and their families; and to reduce and eliminate disparities in these outcomes.
Currently, Dr. Cradock serves as the Co-Principal Investigator of the CHOICES (Childhood Obesity Intervention Cost-Effectiveness Study) Project. This project is focused on understanding and modeling the cost-effectiveness of interventions that can improve children’s nutrition and physical activity and reduce the prevalence of obesity, which includes modeling work, evidence reviews, and simulation modeling of the cost-effectiveness of a wide variety of interventions, from restaurant menu calorie labeling to sugar sweetened beverage excise taxes. 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-effective modeling support to enable them to create local-level cost-effectiveness models of potential obesity prevention interventions to inform decision-making.
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 school and neighborhood environments, community-based intervention research, and policy research.