Roseanne Schuster

Assistant Research Scientist
Academic Professional
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
2402

Biography

Dr. Roseanne Schuster is a global nutrition and public health professional. She has a decade of experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs seeking to improve health, environmental, and social wellbeing. Dr. Schuster's research focuses on how to improve the 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 is dedicated to increasing the impact of research and programming through innovative, cost-effective, and culturally responsive evaluation and learning. Dr. Schuster engages community-based, participatory, and implementation science approaches in programs/interventions and mixed methods evaluations to ensure programs are ultimately responsive to target populations and adaptive to the complex systems in which they operate. Her work has been sponsored by DFID and FAO and executed in partnership with USAID-funded projects.

As the Program Lead for the online M.S. in Global Health, Dr. Schuster collaborates with global health faculty in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change and beyond to deliver a professional training program that equips learners with the recognized interprofessional global health competencies. In addition to instructing essential courses, Dr. Schuster facilitates the culminating internship where students hone and apply the skills and knowledge developed through the MS program in the advancement of their career objectives. 

Work in collaboration with: Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain-Africa | Center for Global Health | Global Impact Collaboratory | Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center

Education

  • 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

Keywords

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 

Publications

Water Insecurity, Nutrition, and Health

Choudhary N, Schuster RC, Brewis AA, Wutich A. 2021. Household water insecurity affects child nutrition through alternative pathways to sanitation/hygiene: Evidence from India. Food & Nutrition Bulletin, 42(2) 170-187. doi.org/10.1177/0379572121998122

Stoler J, Miller JD, Brewis A, Freeman M, Harris LM, Jepson W, Pearson AL, Rosinger AY, Shah SH, Staddon C, Workman C, Wutich A, Young SL, and HWISE-RCNCM. 2021. Household water insecurity will complicate COVID-19 prevention and response: Evidence from 29 sites in 23 low- and middle-income countries. Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health, 234: 113715. doi.org/10.1016/j.ijheh.2021.113715

Koyratty N, Jones AD, Schuster RC, Kordas K, Li C-S, Mbuya MNN, Boateng GO, Ntozini R, Chasekwa B, Humphrey JH, Smith LE, and SHINE Trial Team. Food insecurity and water insecurity in rural Zimbabwe: Development of multidimensional household measures. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021,18(11): 6020; doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18116020

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, 32:e23357. doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23357

Choudhary N, Schuster RC, Brewis AA, Wutich A. 2020. Water insecurity potentially undermines dietary diversity of children aged 6-23 months through multiple mechanisms: Evidence from India. Maternal Child Nutrition, e12929. doi.org/10.1111/mcn.12929

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, 32:e23309. doi.org/10.1002/ajhb.23309

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. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023558

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. doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135881

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. doi:10.1002/wat2.1309

 

Gender

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; 9:100489. doi.org/10.1016/j.ssmph.2019.100489

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. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2018.10.020

Schuster RC, Han SY, Brewis AA, Wutich A. 2018. Increasing overweight and obesity erodes neighborhood engagement by women, but not men. Preventive Medicine Reports, 10:144-149doi:10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.02.013

 

Health, Health Workers, & Health Systems

Wachter K, Mathis C, Mercado M., Schuster RC, Davis O, and Johnson-Agbakwu C. 2021. Provider wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Preliminary findings from a survey of staff employed by refugee resettlement agencies in Arizona. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona State University, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center. [Technical Report]

Wachter K, Mathis C, Mercado M, Schuster RC, Davis O, and Johnson-Agbakwu C. 2021. Provider wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic: Preliminary findings from a survey of staff employed by refugee resettlement agencies in Arizona. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona State University, Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center. [Technical Report]

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. doi:10.1016/j.jnma.2018.10.006

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, 242:112568. 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. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2017.137

Chesoli RN, Schuster RC, Okello S, Omotayo MO. 2018. Strengthening implementation of routine immunization programs in primary healthcare facilities: perspectives of managers on the immunization program in Kenya. International Journal of Health Policy and Management, 17(12): 1130–1137. doi:10.15171/ijhpm.2018.83

Schuster RC, de Sousa OL, Rivera J*, Olson R*, Pinault D, Young SL. 2016. Performance-based incentives may be appropriate 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. doi:10.1186/s12960-016-0157-0  

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):778-794doi:10.1080/09540121.2016.1139041

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. doi:10.1177/1742395313475674

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. doi:10.1177/1742395312450895

 

​Nutrition and Food Security

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, pp 51-66. doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-32112-3_4 

Osman N, Erickson K, Schuster RC, Picolo M, Possolo E, Norte A and Cunguara B. 2020. “Support to Accelerate Progress Towards Achievement of MDG1c in Mozambique – FAO Sub-Program”: Final Evaluation of RC16 Subcomponent - Nutritional Education and Social Behaviour Change Communications Integrated with Home Gardens at Community Level. [Technical Report] 

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. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2019.01.005

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. doi.org/10.1016/j.jand.2019.01.006

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. doi:10.1016/j.envres.2011.05.025

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. doi:10.3402/ijch.v70i3.17833

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. doi:10.3402/ijch.v70i4.17846

*indicates supervised student

 

 

Research Activity

EXTERNAL FUNDING

2020-2025      Center for Applied Research and Innovation in Supply Chain-Africa (CARISCA). Building Research and Innovation for Development: Generating Evidence and Training (BRIDGE-Train). USAID. Total Budget: $15,000,000. ASU Budget: $7,500,000. Role: Co-I (8% Recognition); PI: Dale Rogers.

2020-2021      Cultural consensus to understand norms around conservation in Luangwa National Park. USAID. Subaward to ASU Budget:  $92,141. Role: co-PI (50% Recognition); PI: Alexandra Brewis.

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.

INTERNAL FUNDING

2020                Health and psychosocial implications of COVID-19 among resettled efugees in Phoenix. Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions. Budget: $10,275. Role: co-PI.

2020                Understanding barriers and facilitators refugee communities experience in staying healthy and accessing healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic: Interviews with Cultural Health Navigators. Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Center. Budget: $1,000. Role: PI.

 

ASU & EXTERNAL RESEARCH AFFILIATIONS

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, ASU

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

 

Courses

Fall 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 584Internship
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 799Dissertation
Summer 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 792Research
ASB 799Dissertation
Spring 2021
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 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
ASB 484Internship
ASB 492Honors Directed Study
ASB 499Individualized Instruction
ASB 590Reading and Conference
ASB 592Research
ASB 790Reading and Conference
ASB 799Dissertation
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

Editorships

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

Service

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. 

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

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

 

COMMUNITY SERVICE

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

 

UNIVERSITY SERVICE

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