Andrea S. Anater is a Senior Public Health Nutrition Researcher and adjunct professor of Nutrition at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Anater’s research interest is based on her extensive experience and training at both the grassroots and university levels and her sincere commitment to the health and well-being of limited-resource populations. As a behavioral scientist, her work focuses on behavioral, cultural and environmental factors, and social constructs that influence health behavior change, particularly as they relate to nutrition-related chronic disease prevention and food insecurity. She specializes in community-based participatory intervention design, implementation and evaluation, survey instrument design and development, data collection, and mixed-methods research.
Much of Dr. Anater’s 20-year research career in academia and with nonprofit and for-profit organizations has concentrated on expanding the understanding of hunger and the attendant programming and policy implications. Prior to joining RTI, Dr. Anater was a National Institutes of Health–National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute predoctoral fellow and a Center for a Livable Future predoctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she investigated coping strategies used by food-insecure individuals and the associated mediating influences and modifying mechanisms, and performed nutrition-related policy research at the Rutgers University Department of Nutritional Sciences and at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Among her accomplishments, Dr. Anater received the Johns Hopkins Minority Health Award and served as Visiting Scholar at the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Currently, Dr. Anater serves as Principal Investigator on three studies: Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS)/Kids Nutrition and Health Study (KNHS) Brazil, Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study USA, and The No Kid Hungry Social Innovation Fund Program Evaluation.