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Roseanne Schuster

Roseanne Schuster

Assistant Research Scientist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


School of Human Evolution and Social Change
Arizona State University
PO Box 872402
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402


  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Assistant Research Scientist, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, MEL Innovation and Practice, Global Impact Collaboratory


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 USAID, US State Department, and DFID.


  • PhD, International Nutrition, Cornell University, 2016
  • MSc, Community Health Sciences, University of Northern British Columbia, 2010
  • BS, Biology, Canisius College, 2007


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Schuster, R. C., E. M. Rodriguez, A. Ireland, N. Delviccho-Hitchcock, L. S. Kahn and L. Tumiel-Berhalter. Perceptions of cancer and cancer prevention among Somali Bantu and Karen refugees in Buffalo, NY. Journal of the National Medican Association


Young, S. L., S. M. Collins, G. O. Boateng, T. B. Neilands, Z. Jamaluddine, J. D. Miller, A. A. Brewis-Slade, E. A. Frongillo, W. Jepson, H. Melgar-Quinonez, R. C. Schuster, J. Stoler and A. Y. Wutich. 2019. Development and validation protocol for an instrument to measure household water insecurity across cultures and ecologies: the Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) Scale. BMJ Open 9(e023558):. DOI: 10.1136/bmjopen-2018-023558.


Chesoli, R. N., R. C. Schuster, S. Okelo and M. O. Omotayo. 2018. Strengthening care delivery in primary care facilities: Perspectives of facility managers on the immunization program in Kenya. International Journal of Health Policy and Management 7(12):1130-1137. DOI: 10.15171/ijhpm.2018.83. (link )

Schuster, R. C., O. de Sousa, A. Reme, C. Vopelak, D. L. Pelletier, L. M. Johnson, M. Mbuya, D. Pinault and S. L. Young. 2018. Performance-based financing empowers health workers delivering prevention of vertical transmission of HIV services and decreases desire to leave in Mozambique. International Journal of Health Policy and Management 7(7):630-644. DOI: 10.15171/IJHPM.2017.137. (link )

Schuster, R. C., S. Han, A. A. Brewis and A. Wutich. 2018. Increasing overweight and obesity erodes engagement in one's neighborhood by women, but not men. Preventative Medicine Reports 10(Jun):144-149. DOI: 10.1016/j.pmedr.2018.02.013. (link )

Wutich, A., J. Budds, W. Jepson, L. M. Harris, E. Adams, A. A. Brewis, L. Cronk, C. DeMyers, K. Maes, T. Marley, J. Miller, A. Pearson, A. Y. Rosinger, R. C. Schuster, J. Stoler, C. Staddon, P. Wiessner, C. Workman and S. Young. 2018. Household water sharing: A review of water gifts, exchanges, and transfers across cultures. WIREs Water 5(6):e1309. DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1309. (link )


Schuster, R. C., O. de Sousa, J. Rivera, R. Olson, D. Pinault and S. L. Young. 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 Resoures for Health 14:Art 60. DOI: 10.1186/s12960-016-0157-0. (link )

Schuster, R. C., D. E. McMahon and S. L. Young. 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. DOI: 10.1080/09540121.2016.1139041. (link )


Kahn, L. S., B. M. Vest, R. Karl, L. Tumiel-Berhalter, R. Taylor, R. C. Schuster, K. Glaser, A. Danakas and C. H. Fox. 2013. Living with diabetes on Buffalo, New York’s culturally diverse West Side. Chronic Illness 9(1):43-56. DOI: 10.1177/1742395312450895. (link )

Vest, B. M., L. S. Kahn, A. Danzo, L. Tumiel-Berhalter, R. C. Schuster, R. Karl, R. Taylor, K. Glaser, A. Danakas and C. H. Fox. 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. (link )


Schuster, R. C., M. Gamberg, C. Dickson and H. C. . 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. (link )

Schuster, R. C., E. E. Wein, C. Dickson and H. C. . 2011. Importance of traditional foods for the food security of two First Nations communities in the Yukon, Canada. Inernational Journal of Circumpolar Health 70(3):286-300. DOI: 10.3402/ijch.v70i3.17833. (link )

Wesche, S., R. C. Schuster, P. Tobin, C. Dickson, D. Matthiessen, S. Graupie, M. Williams and H. C. . 2011. Community-based health research led by the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation. International Journal of Circumpolar Health 70(4):396-406. DOI: 10.3402/ijch.v70i4.17846. (link )



Kibuka Musoke, P., A. A. Brewis-Slade, A. Y. Wutich, M. du Bray, J. Maupin, R. C. Schuster and M. M. Gervais. 2019. Community hygiene norm violators are consistently stigmatized: Evidence from four global sites and implications for sanitation interventions. Poster presented at the 21st Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 11, 2019, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ. (link )