Our Research Team

Sean Cash, Ph.D., Primary Investigator

Sean Cash, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University with expertise in the economics and policy of food, nutrition, and the environment.  Dr. Cash is also an adjunct professor at the University of Alberta, Canada.  His research focuses on how food, nutrition, and environmental policies affect both producers and consumers.  Ongoing and recent projects in this area include the efficacy of food label and price interventions as public health and environmental tools, including linkages to disease incidence; economics aspects of obesity; economic barriers to adherence to diabetes treatments; children’s food choices in commercial and school environments; the role of agricultural policies on nutrition; how consumers value social aspects of food relative to other attributes; and how point-of-sale health messaging impacts consumers’ demand for food.  He also conducts research in the areas of environmental regulation and resource conservation.  Dr. Cash has been involved extensively in policy and public-facing work, including testimony on childhood obesity interventions to the Canadian Parliament and service on a National Academy of Sciences panel on invasive species impacts of food trade.  He was previously on faculty at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Alberta, and has worked at Resources for the Future, the Environmental Protection Agency, and Arnold & Porter.

Co-investigators & Study Staff

Anna McAlister, Co-Investigator
Michigan State University
Christina Economos, Ph.D.
ChildObesity 180
Director, Shape up Somerville
Community Partner
Erica Satin-Hernandez
Coordinator, Shape Up Somerville
Community Partner
Project Manager
Project Coordinator
Emily Piltch
Research Assistant
Research Assistant

Former Contributors

Thank you to our former contributors!

David Hudson
Former Director, Shape Up Somerville
Community Partner
Cathleen Prata
Former Grants and Research Coordinator
Katie Helwig
Former Project Coordinator
Emily Caplan, Research Consultant
Former Research Consultant