Diego Rose-1


Donald (Diego) Rose, PhD
Professor, Head of Nutrition Section
Department of Global Community Health and Behavioral Sciences
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
1440 Canal Street, Suite 2301
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 988-5742
Fax: (504) 988-3540

Research Interests:

Socioeconomic determinants of nutrition; food and nutrition policy; food security


Educational Background:

  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, agricultural economics
  • MPH, University of California, Berkeley, public health nutrition
  • BS, University of California, Berkeley, nutritional sciences

Courses Taught:

  • Nutrition Assessment and Monitoring
  • Food and Nutrition Policy

Professional Achievements:

  • 2014, Tulane President's Award for Excellence in Professional and Graduate Teaching
  • 2011, Paper chosen as one of the "Best of Clinical Nutrition" by American Society of Nutrition
  • 2008, Best paper of the year award from Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior
  • 2005, Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society Inductee 
  • 2000, South African Medical Research Council's Distinguished Visiting Scientist Grant
  • 1996, USDA/ERS Special Award for leadership on economic analysis of domestic food security
  • 1995, USDA Group Honor Award for excellence in analysis of food assistance policy

Selected Publications:

Rose D. Assessing Food Security at the UN World Food Programme: Towards a Unified Approach. Design Phase Report. UN World Food Programme, 2012.

Rose D, O'Malley K, Dunaway LF, Bodor JN. "The influence of the WIC food package changes on the retail food environment in New Orleans," Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2014;46:S38-S44. 

Ulmer VM, Rathert AR, Rose D. "Understanding Policy Enactment: The New Orleans Fresh Food Retailer Initiative," American Journal of Preventive Medicine 2012;43(3S2):S116-S122. 

Hutchinson PL, Bodor JN, Swalm CM, Rice JC, Rose D. "Neighbourhood Food Environments and Obesity in Southeast Louisiana," Health & Place 2012;18:854-860. 

Rose D, Bodor JN, Rice JC, Swalm C, Hutchinson PL. "The Effects of Hurricane Katrina on Food Access Disparities in New Orleans," Am J Public Health. 2011 Mar;101(3):482-4. 

Rose D, Bodor JN, Hutchinson P, Swalm C. "The Importance of a Multi-Dimensional Approach for Studying the Links between Food Access and Consumption," Journal of Nutrition, 2010;140:1170-1174. 

Rose D, Burgos G, Bonierbale M, Thiele G. "Understanding the Role of Potatoes in the Peruvian diet: An Approach that Combines Food Composition with Household Expenditure Data," Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, 2009;22:525-532. 

Chilton M, Rose D. "A Rights-Based Approach to Food Insecurity in the United States," American Journal of Public Health, 2009;99:1203-1211.

Rose D, Chotard S, Oliveira L, Mock N, Libombo M. "A Comparative Evaluation of Dietary Indicators Used in Food Consumption Assessments of At-Risk Populations," Food and Nutrition Bulletin, 2008;29:113-122. 

Rose D. "Interventions to Reduce Household Food Insecurity: A Synthesis of Current Concepts and Approaches for Latin America," Revista de Nutrição (Brazilian Journal of Nutrition), 2008;21(supplement):159S-173S.

Rose D. "Food Stamps, the Thrifty Food Plan, and Meal Preparation:  The Importance of Time for US Nutrition Policy,"Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior 2007;39:226-232. 

Rose D, Charlton KE.  "Quantitative Indicators from a Food Expenditure Survey Can Be Used to Target the Food Insecure in South Africa," Journal of Nutrition 2002;132:3235-3243.  

Personal Statement:

Donald "Diego" Rose has worked on food and nutrition programs and policies in both domestic and international contexts. Earlier in his career, Rose was a project director/nutritionist for the WIC Nutrition Program in a farmworker clinic in rural California. His doctoral dissertation, done in affiliation with Mexico's National Institute of Nutrition, investigated household food consumption behavior in rural Mexico and its implications for improving government nutrition policy. After his doctorate, Rose worked for five years with USDA's Economic Research Service, as a research team leader on the determinants and consequences of household food insecurity in America, the nutrition and health impacts of food assistance programs, and the evaluation of low-income nutrition education projects. He then spent five years working on food security and nutrition issues in Mozambique with Michigan State University's Food Security Project and in South Africa with the University of Cape Town's Medical School.  

Rose's research at Tulane continues to focus on the social and economic side of nutrition problems, including disparities in access to food, the links between food access and consumption, and domestic and international food security. He has had recent research projects funded by USDA, NCI, and CDC on neighborhood access to healthy foods and policy initiatives to improve this access in New Orleans and southeast Louisiana. He recently returned from a sabbatical at the World Food Program, where he facilitated a global food security assessment project.


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