Our Team


Kate DickinKate Dickin

I conduct translational research to enhance the effectiveness of community-based programs for improving nutritional status and reducing health disparities in the US and globally. These include interventions promoting healthy food and activity practices, responsive child feeding, food insecurity, micronutrient supplementation, and community engagement in nutrition action.  A central focus is the interface between programs and communities, to identify contextual factors that influence motivation, self-efficacy, and capabilities of both providers and participants and to enhance utilization and effectiveness of interventions for low-income families… View full profile.

Rebecca StoltzfusRebecca Stoltzfus

My research focuses on the causes and consequences of malnutrition in women and children in low-income countries.  I am also a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Nutrition and the National Academy of Sciences Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally, and recipient of the Kellogg Award of the American Society for Nutrition for excellence in international nutrition research.  My collaborative research projects are ongoing in Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia.  My work focuses especially on the integration of direct nutrition interventions (foods and supplements) with strategies from other sectors such as infectious disease control, water, sanitation and hygiene, food safety, and reproductive health… View full profile.


DadirScreen Shot 2015-10-08 at 4.53.30 PMai Fundira

My current work is in collaboration with Zvitambo project and explores the feasibility and acceptability of a water sanitation intervention within the first 1000 days of life (Baby WASH). I am also working on a project that seek to strengthen Capacity to deliver nutrition interventions in Tanzania as part of the scaling up nutrition initiative.  My overarching interest lies in understanding the individual and combined effects of WASH, food security and nutrition interventions on early childhood development and under nutrition, and how multidisciplinary approaches can solve nutrition challenges… View full profile.

Ibukun Owoputi

I am interested in implementation research and program evaluation for maternal and child nutrition programs. I am also interested in the impact of women’s empowerment on childhood nutrition and the use of participatory research methods. I am currently working on the ASTUTE (Addressing Stunting in Tanzania Early) project… View full profile. 


Gina ChapleauGina Chapleau

As the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement continues to gain global momentum, I am interested in approaches to capacity building and systems strengthening for multisectoral nutrition (MSN) planning and action. I am currently engaged in two projects in Tanzania which explore on the job mentoring across key stakeholders as a mechanism for operationalizing MSN initiatives within communities. As this work progresses, we aim to scale up approaches found to be successful, including the use of mentorship programs, participatory MSN coalition building and workshops, and community-based stakeholder mapping in order to strengthen relationships and information sharing between government and civil society organizations… View full profile.

 Juliet McCann

I studied Global and Public Health Sciences as an undergraduate at Cornell with an academic focus on health policy and infectious disease biology. I have been a member of the CENTIR Group since January 2018, supporting the ASTUTE project. Through the Cornell Global Health Program, I studied health policy at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College in Moshi, Tanzania, and volunteered at Dorkia Enterprises, a small start up producing natural and sustainable foods for the community. My research interests include maternal and child nutrition… View full profile.


The CENTIR Group is supported by the exceptional group of students below.

Molly FrommerClass of 2019

I am a senior studying Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell and concentrating in health policy, with minors in Global Health and Nutrition & Health. I joined the CENTIR Group in September 2017, and am currently supporting the ASTUTE project by coding qualitative transcripts. I participated in Cornell’s Global Health Program in Moshi, Tanzania, where I completed a policy case study on health insurance at Kilimanjaro Medical University College, and researched barriers and facilitators of exclusive breastfeeding in the Kilimanjaro region with Better Health for African Mother and Child.

Valencia LambertClass of 2020

I am a junior majoring in Global and Public Health Sciences, and minoring in Human Development. I was born and raised in Dar es salaam, Tanzania. I joined the CENTIR Group in September 2018 and have since learned how to use ATLAS and code a range of qualitative transcripts for the ASTUTE project. My interest in Global and Public Health is fueled by research interest in maternal and child health.

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