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Andrea S. Smith

Fellowships Awarded: 2009

Andrea S. Smith, MPH, MA, is focusing on behavioral and cultural factors, social constructs and environmental factors that influence health behavior change as it relates to chronic disease prevention and food insecurity. Her dissertation research builds on her research experience in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Rutgers University and at Mathematica Policy Research. Her work examines the coping behaviors used by food-insecure individuals when they are worried about having enough food for themselves and/or their households, and explores the relationship of these food-acquisition practices to socio-demographic influences and mediating and modifying mechanisms. Ms. Smith earned her MA in English Literature from Columbia University and her MPH from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. Her doctoral advisor is Carl Latkin, PhD, professor in the Department of Health, Behavior and Society.