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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.
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, Brewis A, Ochandarena P, Abdelmonem A, Hoso S, Faqeeh K. 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.
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. 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, In Press.
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.
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.
Manuscripts Under Review
Boateng GO, Schuster RC, Odei-Boateng M. Are Ontario nurses at risk of physical, emotional, and social health decline? A six dimensional perspective to wellbeing. Resubmitted following first revision at Social Science & Medicine.
Schuster RC, Butler MS, Young SL, and HWISE Research Coordination Network Consortium. “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. Submitted to the American Journal of Human Biology.
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2015-2016 American Journal of Public Health
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