Leadership Team

Peter R. Dolan, MBA, Chair

Peter Dolan is the Chair of ChildObesity180. He has served as Chairman and CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb and later as Chairman and CEO of Gemin X, a venture capital backed oncology company that was successfully sold to Cephalon. He is a Senior Non-Executive Director of Allied Minds, an innovation company that forms, funds, manages and builds startups based on early-stage technology originating from U.S. universities and federally funded research institutions.

Mr. Dolan has 30 years of operating experience, with 18 years at Bristol-Myers Squibb and 8 years at General Foods. Beginning his career in marketing at General Foods, he moved to Bristol-Myers in 1988. Among other responsibilities, he was President of the company’s Products Division (1993) and Mead Johnson Nutritionals (1995). He was Group President of Medical Devices and Nutritionals (1997) and later promoted to become President of Bristol-Myers Squibb (2000) and Chairman and CEO of the company (2001). He served until 2006 as the company’s CEO. From 2008 – 2011 he was a director of Gemin X, initially on the board as an independent director and, from 2009 until the company’s sale in 2011, he was Chairman and CEO.

Mr. Dolan is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Tufts University. He served in several leadership capacities with the Board, including Vice Chair, and as a member of the Compensation, Academic Affairs and Audit Committees, before his election as Chairman in November 2013.

He also serves as a member of the Board for the Partnership for a Healthier America. Most recently, Mr. Dolan served on the Board of Overseers of the Tuck School at Dartmouth College and on the Board of Directors of the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Additionally, he served on the boards of the American Express Company, Vitality Health (a for-profit health and wellness company), C-Change (a cancer coalition organization), and was Chairman of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.

Mr. Dolan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University in 1978 in Social Psychology and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. He has run several marathons, numerous triathlons and completed the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon in October 2007.


Christina D. Economos, PhD, Co-Founder and Director

Christina Economos is co-Founder and Director of ChildObesity180, the New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, and a Professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and the Medical School at Tufts University.

Dr. Economos’ research efforts have addressed the interaction among nutrition, exercise, body composition, bone health, and the built environment, toward preventing osteoporosis and obesity, starting in early childhood. As the principal investigator of large-scale research studies, her goal is to inspire behavior, policy, and environmental change to reduce obesity and improve the health of America’s children. She has worked effectively with diverse communities and has crafted, implemented, and evaluated a physical activity and nutrition education curriculum. At ChildObesity180 she blends scientific evidence and rigor with innovation and experience from the private sector to develop, implement, evaluate, and scale high-impact obesity prevention initiatives. Dr. Economos led the Shape Up Somerville study demonstrating that it is possible to reduce excess weight gain in children through multiple leverage points within an entire community. 

The research interventions Dr. Economos has led include: the BONES (Beat Osteoporosis: Nourish and Exercise Skeletons) Project funded by NICHD; Shape Up Somerville, EAT SMART, PLAY HARD funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); The CHANGE Project with Save the Children; The Balance Project funded by the PepsiCo Foundation; and Assessing and Preventing Obesity in New Immigrants, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition to Dr. Economos’ role as Director of ChildObesity180, she is also currently an investigator of the Shape Up Under 5 study, funded by the NIH, and she has authored over 100 scientific publications.

Dr. Economos is involved in national obesity and public health activities and has served on several Institute of Medicine committees, including the Committee on an Evidence Framework for Obesity Prevention Decision-Making, the Committee on Accelerating Progress in Obesity Prevention, the Standing Committee on Childhood Obesity Prevention, and the Roundtable for Obesity Solutions, as well as an invited member of American Heart Association’s Nutrition Council on Lifestyle and Cardiometabolic Health. Dr. Economos received a Bachelor of Science from Boston University, a Master of Science in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University and a doctorate in Nutritional Biochemistry Science from Tufts University.


Linda Harelick, DrPH, Director of Operations and Communications

Linda Harelick is Director of Operations and Communications at ChildObesity180. She has significant experience in several of the key sectors that are part of ChildObesity180.

Harelick spent 17 years at Kraft Foods, overseeing strategic planning and marketing for iconic brands such as Maxwell House Coffee and Post Cereal. She became Senior Vice President of Consumer Services where she strengthened Kraft’s ability to connect and deepen relationships with consumers. Upon leaving Kraft Foods in 2008, she returned to academia to earn a doctorate in public health policy and management. She completed an internship in the area of preconception health, assessing knowledge and behaviors among lower socioeconomic populations of women. Her dissertation focused on disparities in oral health outcomes and  access to dental services. While completing her degree, she served as the Associate Project Director of a regional health planning initiative.

Harelick’s interest in public health stems from her early career as a registered dietitian. She practiced in the clinical and research settings at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. While at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, she worked on The Modification of Diet in Renal Disease Study as a Senior Research Dietitian.

Dr. Harelick received a doctorate in public health from New York Medical College, a master of science degree in dietetics from the MGH Institute of Health Professions, a master of business administration degree from Columbia Business School, and bachelor of science degree in nutrition from Syracuse University.