School: Milken Institute School of Public Health
Department: Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Dr. Sylvetsky is an Associate Professor in the Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences and is Director of the Bachelor of Science in Nutrition undergraduate degree program. She is also affiliated faculty at the Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness and is a Special Volunteer at the National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD) in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Dr. Sylvetsky joined the GW faculty in 2014, prior to which, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch of NIDDK in the Intramural Research Program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She received a doctorate in Nutrition and Health Science from Emory University.
Dr. Sylvetsky's research focuses broadly on obesity and diabetes in youth. Her primary research interests are in studying the consumption and health effects of sugar-sweetened beverages and low-calorie (artificial) sweeteners, with a key focus on their consumption during childhood. Dr. Sylvetsky uses mixed-methods approaches to investigate sugar and sweetener consumption at the intersection of physiology and behavior, and conducts cross-disciplinary research studies in both the laboratory and the community. She is currently the Principal Investigator of two NIH-funded studies examining consumption and effects of low-calorie sweeteners in children.