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Stephanie L. Martin, PhD

Stephanie L. Martin, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Nutrition
  • 135 Dauer Drive

Stephanie Martin is an assistant professor with more than 15 years' experience designing and implementing behavioral interventions in low-income countries. Dr. Martin’s research focuses on the evaluation of behavioral interventions to improve maternal and child nutrition, implementation research to facilitate the translation of global recommendations into effective programs, and mixed-methods research to examine barriers and facilitators to infant and young child care and feeding practices.

She is particularly interested in behavioral interventions to increase social support, and is currently examining family members’ experiences supporting women for improved maternal and child nutrition in Kenya and Tanzania. As a global health practitioner, Dr. Martin 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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