Dr. Merav Efrat - Associate Professor in the Department of Health Sciences at California State University, Northridge - has 10+ years of professional work experience as a health educator and as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. Dr. Efrat received the 2014 CSUN Visionary Community Service Learning Award for creating lactation education service learning opportunities for CSUN students. In 2017, BreastfeedLA recognized Dr. Efrat with the “Visionary Impact Award” for her pioneering work training the next generation of lactation professionals. Her most recent publication “The effect of lactation educators implementing a telephone-based intervention among low-income Hispanics: A randomized trial” was published in the Health Education Journal and she received several federal grants for research and curriculum development in lactation education. Currently the Project Director of a U.S. Department of Agriculture grant, Dr. Efrat focuses on expanding CSUN’s lactation education curriculum to offer students the opportunity to complete a 2-course sequence in lactation education. As the Co-Project Director of another USDA grant, Dr. Efrat aims to provide undergraduate nutrition students with opportunities to participate in lactation education service learning and at a WIC clinic. Dr. Efrat teaches in the undergraduate and graduate Public Health Programs, courses include HSCI 434: Lactation Education and HSCI 534: Lactation Education for the Healthcare Professional.
- Ph.D. 2010, University of Southern California
- M.P.H 1997, California State University Northridge
- B.A. 1992, University of California Santa Cruz
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