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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. 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.
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 USAID, US State Department, and DFID.
PhD International Nutrition, Cornell University
MSc Community Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia
BS Biology, Canisius College
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, de Sousa OL, Reme AK, Vopelak CM, Johnson LM, Mbuya MN, Pinault D, Young SL. 2018. Performance-based financing empowers health workers delivering prevention of vertical transmission of HIV services and decreases desire to leave in rural Mozambique. International Journal of Health Policy and Management.
Schuster RC, de Sousa OL, Rivera J, Olson R, Pinault D, Young SL. Performance-based incentives hold potential to improve delivery of prevention of vertical transmission of HIV services in rural Mozambique. 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.
Schuster RC, Han SY, Brewis AA, Wutich A. Increasing overweight and obesity erodes neighborhood engagement by women, but not men.
Boateng G. O., Schuster RC, Odei-Boateng M. Detrimental effects of work on Ontario nurses’ mental and social health: A six-dimensional perspective to wellbeing.
Chesoli RN, Schuster RC, Okello S, Omotayo MO. Strengthening implementation of routine immunization programs in primary healthcare facilities: perspectives of managers on influence of human resource factors.
Schuster RC, Rodriguez EM, Ireland A, Delvicchio-Hitchcock N, Kahn LS, Laurene Tumiel-Berhalter. Perceptions of cancer and cancer prevention among Somali Bantu and Karen refugees in Buffalo, NY.
Manuscript in preparation
Schuster RC, Szpak M, Klein E, Sklar K, Dickin SL. Contextual barriers challenge parental goals and motivation for nutritious and relationship-oriented child feeding goals.
2015-2016 American Journal of Public Health
2017- present Member, Methods Working Group, Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition
2015-present 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