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Melissa Fuster Rivera

Assistant Professor
Health and Nutrition Sciences

Location: 3209b Ingersoll Hall
Phone: 718.951.5000 x6913
Fax: 718.951.4670

Melissa Fuster is a food policy and public health nutrition scholar interested in the historical, social and cultural factors surrounding food selection and consumption, and the policies implemented to address them. Prof. Fuster completed her doctoral studies in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Her doctoral research examined healthy eating perceptions among food insecure Salvadoran communities. Upon completing her PhD, Prof. Fuster completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Food Studies at New York University. In this role, she investigated the sociopolitical and cultural factors affecting culinary and nutritional outcomes in the Spanish Caribbean region and its transnational, diaspora communities in the US, forming the basis of her first book project (in process).
Current research interest and projects examine food environment policies and interventions to encourage healthy eating behaviors in NYC and Latin America.

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