Roseanne Schuster

Assistant Research Scientist
Academic Professional
TEMPE Campus
Senior Sustainability Scientist
Academic Professional
TEMPE Campus


Roseanne Schuster is a global nutrition and public health professional dedicated to increasing the impact of research and programming through innovative, cost-effective, and culturally responsive monitoring, evaluation, and learning. She has a decade of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs seeking to improve health and environmental and social wellbeing. Schuster 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.

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.


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

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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 


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.

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).

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.

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, 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..

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. 

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, 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.

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, 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

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, 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.

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.

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.


Fall 2019
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
ASB 499 Individualized Instruction
Summer 2019
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
Spring 2019
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 493 Honors Thesis
Fall 2018
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
ASB 492 Honors Directed Study
Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
ASB 484 Internship


Editorial Board

2015-2016     American Journal of Public Health

Professional Associations

Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition; Society for International Development-Washington; American Public Health Association; American Society for Nutrition; Health Systems Global; Society for Applied Anthropology 



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

2017-present  Methods Working Group, Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition    

2015-2017      Member, Women in Global Heath Research Initiative

2014-2016      Community & Public Health Advisory Committee (Student Representative), American Society for Nutrition

2014-2015      International Health Blog Editor and Annual Meeting Chair, International Health Student Committee,                          American Public Health Association



Member, CLAS Research Advisory Committee, 2018-present