Anu Pejavara, MPH

Lead Behavioral Scientist, DNPAO, CDC

Anu Pejavara, MPH is a Lead Behavioral Scientist in the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO) at CDC and serves as the Team Lead for the Program Evaluation Team. In this role, she leads a multidisciplinary group of evaluators and scientists to provide guidance and technical assistance to 62 state, tribal, and community grantees to improve their physical activity and nutrition environments. Ms. Pejavara was instrumental in designing DNPAO’s current cooperative agreements in addition to leading the development of the NOFO implementation guides and evaluation tools. Ms. Pejavara has championed and designed training that enables recipients to evaluate their funded efforts and translate data to share with key stakeholders through plain language summaries, peer-reviewed publications, and success stories.

Before DNPAO

Prior to her time in DNPAO, Ms. Pejavara was a Health Scientist in CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health, where she synthesized research and developed tools to guide schools in creating environments where students are healthy and ready to learn. One of her notable contributions included creating a first-of-its-kind national cadre of 35 master trainers, training over 3,700 school health professionals across the U.S.


In her 15 years at CDC, Ms. Pejavara has had the opportunity to work extensively in the areas of program monitoring and evaluation, research synthesis and translation, and training design and implementation.  Ms. Pejavara received her Master’s in Public Health from Emory University, and Biology and Sociology degrees from the University of Georgia.