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Chair of the Division of Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs
Program Director, Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs
Professor, Public Health & Community Medicine, Tufts School of Medicine
Bea Rogers is Professor of Economics and Food Policy and Chair of Food and Nutrition Policy and Programs, which draws on the multidisciplinary expertise of the School, and focuses on the economic, political, and social science dimensions of global nutrition challenges.
Dr. Rogers is an economist whose research focuses on economic determinants of household food consumption, including price policy and food aid. Her current research assesses the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alternative supplementary foods for the treatment and prevention of moderate acute malnutrition in children, based on field studies in three sub-Saharan African countries. She recently completed a multi-country study in Bolivia, Honduras, and India, on how the benefits of food assistance programs can be made sustainable after the programs are closed – research that should inform the design of future development projects to ensure that interventions produce lasting change without creating dependence on external support. She has conducted research on the determinants of intra-household allocation of resources, focusing on the role of female household headship among other factors. She works primarily in low-income countries, and has worked in South and East Asia, Central and South America, and North and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is a leader in the development of interdisciplinary graduate education in food and nutrition, and has conducted funded research on appropriate graduate training for global nutrition and food policy professionals.
Dr. Rogers received her PhD from the Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare Policy at Brandeis University. She received the Friedman School’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 2008 and the Dannon Mentorship Award from the American Society for Nutrition in 2014, both honoring her mentorship of doctoral students. She is a Fellow of the American Society for Nutrition and received the ASN Kellogg Prize for International Nutrition Research in 2017.
Ph.D., 1978, Economic and Public Health Policy, Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare Policy, Brandeis University
B.A., 1968, Experimental Psychology, Radcliffe College, Harvard University
PI of an assessment of the long-term sustainability of food assistance program activities, outcomes, and impacts in Burkina Faso, building on a USAID-funded development intervention that ended in 2018. Field work is ongoing and will continue through 2024.
PI of three field studies assessing the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of alternative supplementary foods for the prevention and treatment of moderate acute malnutrition in young children, and the household behaviors affecting their use – a study conducted in Malawi, Burkina Faso, and Sierra Leone in conjunction with health programs delivering health education and food supplements. This research is part of a larger project, the Food Aid Quality Review (serving as co-PI) reviewing the quality, micronutrient content, and systems of procurement and delivery of fortified, enriched, and blended foods provided through US food assistance under US PL480 Title II, and promoting harmonization among major food aid donors.
Co-PI of the INDDEX project, developing improved methods for assessing individual food consumption through national and sub-national surveys, and enhancing the use of dietary data for program and policy decisions in low-income countries.
PI of a multi-year study of the effectiveness of exit strategies and determinants of sustainability of the benefits of US food assistance programs – a four country study to assess how food assistance programs under US PL480 Title II can assure the sustainability of their impacts after the programs themselves shut down. Study conducted in Bolivia, Honduras, India, and (by co-PI) Kenya.
Determinants of intrahousehold resource allocation; effect of female household headship on household food consumption and child nutritional status (Dominican Republic); impact of price policy on household food consumption and dietary quality and adequacy (Mali, Dominican Republic); design and effects of consumer food price subsidies (Pakistan); best uses of Title II food in MCH programs (Peru, Bolivia); effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of food versus cash in school feeding and MCH programs (Honduras). Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of supplementary foods in the treatment of HIV+ adults (Ethiopia). Application of Small Area Estimation to development of malnutrition maps in Latin America (Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Panama). Survey research on the education and career paths of graduates of international nutrition policy graduate programs in the US.