Friedman Faculty
Beatrice L Rogers
Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
Program Director:
Food Policy & Applied Nutrition

Adjunct Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine


Ph.D. in Economics and Public Health, Florence Heller School for Advanced Studies in Social Welfare, Brandeis University

Curriculum Vitae:
Contact Information
(617) 636-3703
(617) 636-3781
General Research: 

Economic determinants of household food consumption; consumption effects of economic and pricing policies; design and impacts of food assistance; determinants of intrahousehold allocation of food and other resources; determinants of program effectiveness. I am also interested in survey research methods and in how to design and implement interdisciplinary educational curricula.

Current Research: 

1. Effectiveness of exit strategies for US food assistance programs – a three 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 and Honduras, and (by co-PI) in Kenya.

2. Assessing vulnerability to food insecurity and malnutrition in Latin America; developing a set of methods to be used by the World Food Program in Latin America to identify areas at high risk of food insecurity and malnutrition, to be used in designing and targeting food assistance and in developing an Atlas of Malnutrition for Latin America. This research builds on previous work applying Small Area Estimation to the prediction of malnutrition prevalence at geographically disaggregated levels.

3. Reviewing the quality, micronutrient content, and systems of procurement and delivery of fortified, enriched, and blended foods provided through US food assistance under Title II.

Past Research: 

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). 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.