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Roseanne Schuster

Assistant Research Scientist
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Academic Professional, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 2402

Dr. Roseanne Schuster is a global nutrition and public health professional. As Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for the Global Impact Collaboratory, she is dedicated to increasing the impact of research and programming through innovative, cost-effective, and culturally responsive evaluation and learning. Dr. Schuster has a decade of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs seeking to improve health and environmental and social wellbeing. She engages community-based, participatory, and implementation science approaches in interventions and evaluations to ensure programs are ultimately responsive to target populations and adaptive to the complex systems in which they operate.

As an Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Global Health, Dr. Schuster's research focuses on how to improve delivery of critical health services in low-resource settings, uptake of health care among vulnerable populations, and understanding of how food and water insecurity shape infant and young child feeding and growth. She has led interventions, evaluations, and indicator development activities in multiple countries, with long-term expertise in Mozambique and sub-Saharan Africa. Her research has been sponsored by DFID and FAO and executed in partnership with USAID-funded projects.

As the Practice Lead for both Health and Evaluation at ASU International Development, Dr. Schuster supports faculty and units across the university in interfacing with partners and clients to design innovative, use-inspired solutions to global challenges. 

  • Ph.D. International Nutrition, Cornell University
  • M.Sc. Community Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia
  • B.S. Biology, Canisius College 
Research Interests: 


monitoring, evaluation, and learning; nutrition, food, and water security; health systems and community health workers; maternal and child health; refugee health; community-based participatory research 


Water Insecurity and Dietary Diversity

Schuster RC, Butler MS, Wutich A, Miller JL, Young SL, and HWISE-RCN. 2020. “If there is no water, we cannot feed our children”: The far-reaching consequences of water insecurity on infant feeding practices and infant health across 16 low- and middle-income countries. American Journal of Human Biology. In Press.

Choudhary N, Schuster RC, Brewis AA, Wutich A. Water insecurity potentially undermines dietary diversity of children aged 6-23 months through multiple mechanisms: Evidence from India. Maternal Child Nutrition, In Press.

Brewis A, Workman C, Wutich A, Jepson W, Young SL, and HWISE-RCN. 2020. Household Water Insecurity Is Strongly Associated with Food Insecurity: Evidence from 27 Sites in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. American Journal of Human Biology, In Press (e23309).

Young SL, Collins SM, Boateng GO, Neilands TB, Jamaluddine Z, Miller JD,  Brewis AA, Frongillo E, Jepson W, Melgar-Quiñonez H, Schuster RC, Stoler J, Wutich A. 2019. A protocol for the development and validation of an instrument to measure household water insecurity scale across cultures: the Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) scale. BMC Open, 9:e023558. 

Stoler J, Brewis A, Harris LM, Wutich A, Pearson AL, Rosinger AY, Schuster RC, Young SL.  2019. Household water sharing: a missing link in international health. International Health, 11: 163-165. 

Wutich A, Budds J, Jepson W, Harris L, Adams E, Brewis AA, Cronk L, DeMyers C, Maes K, Marley T, Miller J, Pearson A, Rosinger A, Schuster RC, Stoler, Staddon C, Wiessner P, Workman C, Young SL. Household water sharing: A review of water gifts, exchanges, and transfers across cultures. WIRES – Water, 5:e1309.



Schuster RC, Brewis A, Ochandarena P, Abdelmonem A, Hoso S, Faqeeh K. 2019. Measuring community norms around women’s empowerment in the West Bank. Opportunities and challenges of a novel approach using cultural consensus. Gender Empowerment and Health: From Measurement to Impact Special Issue of Social Science & Medicine – Population Health; In Press.

Brewis A, Wutich A, du Bray M, Maupin J, Schuster RC, Gervais M. 2019. Community hygiene norm violators are consistently stigmatized: evidence from four global sites and implications for sanitation interventions. Social Science & Medicine, 220:12-21.

Schuster RC, Han SY, Brewis AA, Wutich A. 2018. Increasing overweight and obesity erodes neighborhood engagement by women, but not men. Preventive Medicine Reports, 10:144-149.


Health, Health Workers, & Health Systems

Schuster RC, Rodriguez EM, Mongo A, Delvicchio-Hitchcock N, Kahn LS, Tumiel-Berhalter L. 2019. Perceptions of cancer and cancer prevention among Somali Bantu and Karen refugees in Buffalo, NY. Journal of the National Medical Association, 111(3):234-245.

Boateng GO, Schuster RC, Odei-Boateng M. 2019. Uncovering a health and well-being gap among professional nurses: situated experiences of direct care nurses in two Canadian cities. Social Science & Medicine, In Press. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.112568

Schuster RC, de Sousa OL, Reme AK*, Vopelak CM*, Pelletier DL, Johnson LM, Mbuya MN, Pinault D, Young SL. 2018. Performance-based incentives empower health workers delivering prevention of vertical transmission of HIV services and decrease desire to leave in rural Mozambique. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 7(7):574-580

Chesoli RN, Schuster RC, Okello S, Omotayo MO. 2018. Strengthening implementation of routine immunization programs in primary healthcare facilities: perspectives of managers on influence of human resource factors. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 17(12): 1130–1137. 

Schuster RC, de Sousa OL, Rivera J*, Olson R*, Pinault D, Young SL. 2016. Performance-based incentives may be appropriate to to address challenges to delivery of prevention of vertical transmission of HIV services in rural Mozambique: a qualitative investigation. Human Resources for Health, 14:60

Schuster RC, McMahon DE*, Young SL. 2016. A comprehensive review of the barriers and promoters health workers experience in delivering prevention of vertical transmission of HIV services in sub-Saharan Africa. AIDS Care, 28(6):778-794 . 

Vest BM, Kahn LS, Danzo, A, Tumiel-Berhalter L,  Schuster RC, Karl R, Taylor R, Glaser K, Danakas A, Fox CH. 2013. Diabetes self-management in a low-income population: impacts of social support and relationships with the health care system. Chronic Illness, 9(2): 145-155.

Kahn LS, Vest BM, Karl R, Tumiel-Berhalter L, Taylor R,  Schuster RC , Glaser K, Danakas A, Fox CH. 2013. Living with diabetes on Buffalo, New York's culturally diverse West Side. Chronic Illness, 9(1): 43-46.


​Nutrition and Food Security

[Book Chapter]: Smith LE, Schuster RC, Dumas SE, Kerr BT. 2020. Chapter: Food, Body, Land: Three Interactive Systems in Nutrition. In: Smith KH and Ram PK, (Eds.). Transforming Global Health: Interdisciplinary Challenges, Perspectives, and Strategies. New York, New York: Springer Publishing Company, In Press.

Schuster RC, Szpak M*, Klein E*, Sklar K*, Dickin SL. 2019. “I try, I do”: Child feeding practices of motivated, low-income parents reflect trade-offs between psychosocial- and nutrition-oriented goals. Appetite, 136:114-123.

Sabatini F, Ulian MD, Perez I, Pinto AJ, Vessoni A, Aburad L, Benatti FB, de Campos-Ferraz PL, Coelho D, de Morais Sato P, Roble OJ, Unsain RF, Schuster RC, Gualano B, Scagliusi FB. 2019. Eating pleasure in obese women: a qualitative study about the effects of a new intervention based on the Health at Every Size® approach. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 119(9):1470-1482..

Schuster RC , Gamberg M, Dickson C, Chan HM. 2011. Assessing risk of mercury exposure and nutritional benefits of consumption of caribou (Rangifer tarandus) in the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation community of Old Crow, Yukon, Canada. Environmental Research, 111(6): 881-887.

Schuster RC, Wein EE, Dickson C, Chan HM. 2011. Importance of traditional food use in the context of food security of two First Nations communities in Yukon, Canada. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 70(3): 286-300.

Wesche S, Schuster RC, Tobin P, Dickson C, Mattiessen D, Graupe S, Williams M, Chan HM. 2011. Community-based health research led by the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 70(4): 296-406.


*indicates supervised student

Research Activity: 

Funded grants

2019-2021      “Something is missing here”: Culturally relevant measurement of social support among Congolese refugee women in resettlement. NIH U-54 Award to the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center. Total Budget: $50,000. Role: Co-I (25% Recognition); PI: Karin Wachter.

2019-2020      Patient experience and perceptions following delivery complicated by preeclampsia. Housestaff Achievement Grant, Maricopa Medial Foundation. $7,255. Role: Senior Personnel. PIs Morgan Aldridge, Stephanie Chalifour, Shana Feinberg.

2017-2019      A novel tool for the cross-cultural assessment of household-level water insecurity: scale refinement, validation, and manual development. Innovative Methods and Metrics for Agriculture and Nutrition Actions (Immana), DFID. Total Budget: £249,854; ASU sub-contract $23,870. Role: co-I (95% recognition of ASU subaward); PI: Sera Young

2012-2014      A pilot study of the effects of performance-based incentives on the provision of PMTCT services in two districts in Inhambane Province, Mozambique. CARE-Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Impact through Innovations Fund. Total Budget: $199,999. Role: Senior Personnel; co-PIs: Sera Young and Delphine Pinault.



2019-present   Research Mentor, Maternal Child Health Nutrition and Childhood Obesity Prevention Graduate Leadership Education and Training, ASU

2019-present  Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Anne Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, ASU

2018-present   Faculty Affiliate, Swette Center for Sustainable Food Systems

2018-present   Faculty Research Affiliate, Global Center for Applied Health Research, ASU

2018-present   Faculty Research Affiliate, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center, ASU

2018-present   Adjunct Research Associate, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Maricopa County, Arizona


Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 493Honors Thesis
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 493Honors Thesis
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship

Editorial Board

2015-2016     American Journal of Public Health​

Professional Associations: 

Society for International Development-Washington; American Evaluation Association; American Public Health Association; American Society for Nutrition; Health Systems Global; Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition; Arizona Evaluation Network


As an applied researcher, it is a privilege to work with organizations in my local, state, and international communities to advance high quality, impactful research that is meaningful to intended beneficiaries and to enhance professional practice. 



2018-2021     Steering Committee, Household Water InSecurity Experience (HWISE) Research Coordination Network (NSF-funded RCN)

2018-2020      Health & Nutrition Working Group Co-Chair, Society for International Development-Washington

2018-2019      Board of Directors, Chair of Professional Development, Arizona Evaluation Network



2019-present  Member, Research Committee, Refugee Women’s Health Clinic and Coalition, Valleywise Health



2018-2019    Member, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Research Advisory Committee