Caitlin Caspi, ScD

InCHIP Associate Director, Associate Professor of Allied Health Sciences

Department of Allied Health Sciences / Rudd Center for Food Policy and Health

Research Overview

Caitlin Caspi, ScD, is the InCHIP Associate Director. She is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and serves as the Director of Food Security Initiatives at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Heath. Dr. Caspi is a social epidemiologist focusing on evaluating policies and interventions related to food insecurity, diet quality, and weight outcomes. She completed her graduate work at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She joined the Department of Allied Health Sciences as Associate Professor in 2020, coming from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Family Medicine and Community Health.

Dr. Caspi uses a social-ecological lens and a community-engaged approach in her work. Her research incorporates food policies and other social determinants of health to address inequities related to nutrition. Her food insecurity research is largely focused on U.S. food assistance programs and the charitable food system. She has also led several qualitative and quantitative studies aimed at understanding how non-food policies, such as minimum wage and COVID-19 economic relief measures, affect food insecurity and other health outcomes among households with lower incomes. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research program, and HHS Administration for Community Living, among other funders.


ScD Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2012
ScM Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 2008

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