Dr. Merav Efrat is an Assistant Professor in the Health Sciences Department at Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN). She obtained her Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California, Masters in Public Health from Cal State Northridge and Bachelors in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is also a board certified lactation consultant. Dr. Efrat has over ten years of professional work experience in the field of community health education with a focus on maternal child health, including at Kaiser Permanente, and Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. Her research interest is in the area of childhood obesity where she focuses on investigating the efficacy of interventions designed to promote breastfeeding initiation and duration rates as well as interventions aimed at increasing children's physical activity. Dr. Efrat currently serves as a Co-Project Director of three recently funded federal grants. The first project, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, promotes lactation education among undergraduate nutrition science students at CSUN. The second project, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, is designed to address the childhood obesity problem in Van Nuys. The third grant, which is funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is a research project focused on evaluating the efficacy of a telephone-based breastfeeding education and support intervention on Latina Medicaid recipient's breastfeeding rates. In addition, she serves as the Co-Principal Investigator on a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation funded research project exploring the efficacy of the use of refundable tax credits to promote enrollment in after-school physical activity among low-income children.