Andrea Anater

Public Health Nutrition Researcher


  • PhD, Health, Behavior and Society, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University
  • MPH, Health Education and Behavioral Sciences, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (Delta Omega)
  • MA, English Literature, Columbia University
  • BA History and English Literature, Marquette University.

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Andrea S. Anater, PhD, is a public health analyst in the Food and Nutrition Policy Research Program. As a behavioral scientist, her work focuses on behavioral, cultural, and environmental factors, and social constructs that influence health behavior change, particularly as it relates to nutrition-related chronic disease prevention and food insecurity. Much of Dr. Anater's research career has concentrated on expanding the understanding of hunger and the attendant programming and policy implications.

Dr. Anater specializes in community-based participatory intervention design, implementation, and evaluation; survey instrument design and development; data collection; curriculum development; and mixed-methods research. Before joining RTI, for more than 12 years Dr. Anater performed nutrition-related programming and policy research, mainly with limited-resource populations, in academia and with non-profit and for profit organizations. Among her accomplishments, Dr. Anater served as Visiting Food Assistance Research Scholar at the RIDGE Center for National Food and Nutrition Assistance Research and was the recipient of the prestigious Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Minority Health Award.