I am interested in the interaction of science, society and culture, specifically as it relates to maternal and child health and nutrition. Currently, I am engaged in two research projects in the CENTIR Group. One project includes a series of secondary analyses on maternal nutrition and breastfeeding practices in South Asia. The other project investigates multi-sectoral nutrition action and social and behavior change communication for early child nutrition in the Lake zone of Tanzania.
||B.S. Biology & Society, Cornell University|
|Methods||Qualitative methods; Ethnography; Scoping review; Trials of Improved Practices (TIPs)|
(2018) Using a cultural-ecological framework to explore dietary beliefs and practices during pregnancy and lactation among women in Adivasi communities in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve, India, Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 57:3, 165-186,
Benedict, R.K., Craig, H.C., Torlesse, H., Stoltzfus, R.J. (2018) Trends and predictors of optimal breastfeeding practices among children 0-23 months in South Asia: a secondary analysis of national survey data, Maternal and Child Nutrition (in revision).
Benedict, R.K., Craig, H.C., Torlesse, H., Stoltzfus, R.J. (2018) Effectiveness of programs and interventions to protect, promote, and support optimal breastfeeding practices among children 0-23 months in South Asia: a scoping review, Maternal and Child Nutrition (under review).