Leadership Changes

New leadership maintains our dedication to excellence.


Welcoming our New Editor-in-Chief…Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter is pleased to announce Alice H. Lichtenstein, DSc, has been named our new editor-in-chief.
Dr. Lichtenstein served as our executive editor for eight years and has been on the Editorial Advisory Board since 2002. She is the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor at the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, a senior scientist and director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, and has a secondary appointment as a professor of medicine at the Tufts University School of Medicine. Her long-term research focus is on the interplay between diet and cardiometabolic risk.

An internationally recognized nutrition expert, Dr. Lichtenstein has received numerous board appointments, honors, and awards. She was a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Food and Nutrition Board from 2014 to 2020, served as vice-chair of the committee that developed the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and was writing group chair of the American Heart Association’s most recent dietary guidance to reduce cardiovascular disease risk.
We welcome Dr. Lichtenstein to her new and well-deserved role.

…and Bidding Farewell to our Outgoing Editor-in-Chief. Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, served as editor-in-chief of this publication for the last nine years. During that time, he was dean of the Friedman School for eight years and special advisor to the Tufts University provost for one.

Dr. Mozaffarian has stepped down from those roles to launch a new cross-university initiative that will be the first of its kind to focus on advancing Food is Medicine, which recognizes the powerful impact of food on health and incorporates that science into therapeutic and preventive healthcare.
We thank him for his dedication to this publication and wish him the best in his new endeavors.

A New Dean. Christina D. Economos, PhD, an international leader in research into children’s nutrition, health, and obesity prevention, has been named the new dean of the Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. She is a professor of childhood nutrition at the Friedman School and of public health and community medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.

Dr. Economos will bring her expertise to the Editorial Advisory Board of Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter. “I am proud to be a part of the consistent evidence-based guidance that the Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter provides people across the globe to help them stay up to date on nutrition issues, science, and the power of personal choices.”


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