Dr. Merav Efrat is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at Cal State University Northridge. She obtained her Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California, Master in Public Health from California State University, Northridge and Bachelors in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has over ten years of professional work experience as a Health Educator and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She has worked in organizations including Kaiser Permanente and Providence Health Systems. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating interventions that reduce childhood obesity, particularly among disadvantaged communities. Specifically, in an attempt to reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity, she is interested in examining the efficacy of interventions that can be used to promote physical activity among elementary school-age children, as well as to promote six months exclusive breastfeeding rates. She currently serves as the Project Director of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant aimed at advancing professional competencies of graduate nutrition students in the area of lactation education. Among other things, this project enables her to develop opportunities for CSUN students to promote breastfeeding in the community.