Cristina Gago, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Community Health Sciences

PhD, Harvard University
MPH, University of Southern California
BS, University of Southern California

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Dr. Cristina Gago applies implementation science principles and behavior change theory to the evaluation of community health, food assistance, and social service interventions, such as those offered by the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Head Start (a federally funded early childhood education program for families with low income). Through her partnership-grounded, translational research practice, Cristina aims to identify actionable opportunities to increase health and social service accessibility and uptake, by improving the quality of intervention implementation.

Before joining the Boston University School of Public Health, Cristina trained as a postdoctoral fellow at NYU Langone's Institute for Excellence in Health Equity, where her research centered around the evaluation of health behavior change programming in the context of a large, Brooklyn-based federally qualified health center. Previously, Cristina earned her PhD at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, where her doctoral work examined key facilitators and barriers caregivers enrolled in Head Start and WIC face in eating healthfully and accessing health promotion resources for young children.

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  1. Wang ML, Gago CM, Rodriguez K. Digital Redlining-The Invisible Structural Determinant of Health. JAMA. 2024 Mar 18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38497952; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2024.1628;
  2. Wang ML, Gago CM. Shifts in Child Health Behaviors and Obesity After COVID-19. JAMA Pediatr. 2024 Mar 04.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38436952
  3. Mattei J, Caballero-González A, Maafs-Rodríguez A, Zhang A, O'Neill HJ, Gago C. Lessons learned by adapting and implementing LUCHA: a deep-structure culturally tailored healthy eating randomized pilot intervention for ethnic-diverse Latinos. Front Public Health. 2023; 11:1269390. PMID: 38445250; PMCID: PMC10912621; DOI: 10.3389/fpubh.2023.1269390;
  4. Gago C, Aftosmes-Tobio A, Beckerman-Hsu JP, Oddleifson C, Garcia EA, Lansburg K, Figueroa R, Yu X, Kitos N, Torrico M, Leonard J, Jurkowski JK, Mattei J, Kenney EL, Haneuse S, Davison KK. Evaluation of a cluster-randomized controlled trial: Communities for Healthy Living, family-centered obesity prevention program for Head Start parents and children. Int J Behav Nutr Phys Act. 2023 Jan 11; 20(1):4. PMID: 36631869; PMCID: PMC9832428; DOI: 10.1186/s12966-022-01400-2;
  5. Gago C, Colchamiro R, May K, Rimm EB, Kenney EL. Caregivers' Perceived Impact of WIC's Temporary Cash-Value Benefit (CVB) Increases on Fruit and Vegetable Purchasing, Consumption, and Access in Massachusetts. Nutrients. 2022 Nov 22; 14(23). PMID: 36500976; PMCID: PMC9739164; DOI: 10.3390/nu14234947;
  6. Grafft N, Aftosmes-Tobio A, Gago C, Lansburg K, Beckerman-Hsu J, Trefry B, Kumanyika S, Davison K. Adaptation and implementation outcomes of a parenting program for low-income, ethnically diverse families delivered virtually versus in-person. Transl Behav Med. 2022 Nov 21; 12(11):1065-1075. PMID: 36318233; PMCID: PMC9677462; DOI: 10.1093/tbm/ibac077;
  7. Vercammen K, Grummon AH, Zatz LY, Gago CM, Blocksidge M, Hua SV, Bleich SN, Stone S, Kenney E, Colchamiro R, Rimm EB. A Descriptive Analysis of Redemption Patterns by Vendor Type Among: WIC Participants in Massachusetts. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2023 Apr; 123(4):626-636.e2. PMID: 36372729; PMCID: PMC10187795; DOI: 10.1016/j.jand.2022.09.011;
  8. Gago CM, Wynne JO, Moore MJ, Cantu-Aldana A, Vercammen K, Zatz LY, May K, Andrade T, Mendoza T, Stone SL, Mattei J, Davison KK, Rimm EB, Colchamiro R, Kenney EL. Caregiver Perspectives on Underutilization of WIC: A Qualitative Study. Pediatrics. 2022 Feb 01; 149(2). PMID: 35039867; PMCID: PMC8934047; DOI: 10.1542/peds.2021-053889;
  9. Gago CM, Jurkowski J, Beckerman-Hsu JP, Aftosmes-Tobio A, Figueroa R, Oddleifson C, Mattei J, Kenney EL, Haneuse S, Davison KK. Exploring a theory of change: Are increases in parental empowerment associated with healthier weight-related parenting practices? Soc Sci Med. 2022 Mar; 296:114761. PMID: 35123371; PMCID: PMC8894077; DOI: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2022.114761;
  10. Gago CM, Lopez-Cepero A, O'Neill J, Tamez M, Tucker K, Orengo JFR, Mattei J. Association of a Single-Item Self-Rated Diet Construct With Diet Quality Measured With the Alternate Healthy Eating Index. Front Nutr. 2021; 8:646694. PMID: 34026807; PMCID: PMC8131508; DOI: 10.3389/fnut.2021.646694;
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Food Security
Nutrition Assistance
Early Childhood Care & Education
Health Equity
Health Behavior Interventions
Implementation Science
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