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Stephanie L. Martin, PhD

Dr. Stephanie Martin

Stephanie L. Martin, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
  • 135 Dauer Drive
Stephanie Martin uses qualitative and quantitative methods to examine multilevel factors that influence women’s and children’s nutrition practices and outcomes. Her research largely focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions in low- and middle-income country settings. Dr. Martin is currently examining interventions to increase fathers, grandmothers, and other family members support for infant care and feeding in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Zambia; support exclusive breastfeeding among women working in the informal sector in urban Tanzania; and improve adolescent nutrition in an informal settlement in Kenya. She also conducts implementation research as part of a USAID-funded child nutrition project in Zambia and to identify challenges health workers experience when providing lactation support to families in Appalachia.

Dr. Martin's research program has been informed by her 13-year career working on global health programs. As a global health practitioner, she implemented policy-, facility- and community-level programs, and developed dozens of training and communication materials to promote maternal, child, and adolescent health and nutrition, as well as HIV prevention, care and treatment.

Key Publications

Adherence-specific social support enhances adherence to calcium supplement regimens among pregnant women. Martin SL, Omotayo MO, Pelto GH, Chapleau GM, Stoltzfus RJ, Dickin KL (2017). Journal of Nutrition, 147(4), 688-696.

“I can’t answer what you’re asking me. Let me go, please.” Cognitive interviewing to assess social support measures in Ethiopia and Kenya. Martin SL, Birhanu Z, Omotayo MO, Kebede Y, Pelto GH, Stoltzfus RJ, Dickin KL (2017). Field Methods..

Adherence partners are an acceptable behavior change strategy to support calcium and iron-folic acid supplementation among pregnant women in Ethiopia and Kenya. Martin SL, Omotayo MO, Chapleau GM, Stoltzfus RJ, Birhanu Z, Ortolano SE, Pelto GH, Dickin KL  (2016). Maternal & Child Nutrition, 13(3).

What motivates maternal and child nutrition peer educators? Experiences of fathers and grandmothers in western Kenya. Martin SL, Muhoma T, Thuita FM, Bingham A, Mukuria AG (2015). Social Science & Medicine, 143(1), 45–53.

Using formative research to design a behavior change strategy to increase the use of improved cookstoves in peri-urban Kampala, Uganda. Martin SL, Arney JK, Mueller LM, Kumakech E, Walugembe F, Mugisha E (2013). International Journal of Environmental Research in Public Health, 10(1), 6920–6938.


PhD, Nutrition, Cornell University, 2016

MEd, Adult Education, George Mason University, 2003

BA, International Studies, American University, 1997

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