Assistant Professor
412 Savage Hall
Ithaca, New York
Division of Nutritional Sciences


Roger Figueroa, PhD, MPH, MSc is an Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Science in Nutrition in the Division of Nutritional Sciences (DNS), College of Human Ecology at Cornell University (effective July 1st, 2019). Dr. Figueroa's research combines concepts and methods across disciplinary boundaries to examine interconnections between the social and behavioral determinants of health, with a particular focus on children’s energy-balance behaviors in underrepresented and low-income communities. To date, Dr. Figueroa has developed a comprehensive skill foundation in research methods, including training in a broad range of quantitative (i.e., advanced linear modeling, structural equation modeling, psychometrics) and qualitative methods (i.e., grounded theory, ethnography, qualitative GIS), and mixed-methods. Roger has received training and research funding support from the USDA, NIH, and from other institutional-level grant programs.

Academic focus: Childhood Obesity Prevention; Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR); Health Disparities; Promotion of Energy-Balance Behaviors,

Previous positions: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Translational Childhood Obesity Research, Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Academic background: BA in Physical Education (Bayamon Central University in Puerto Rico); MSc in Health and Kinesiology (UT-San Antonio); M.P.H. (University of Illinois); PhD in Human Development and Family Studies (University of Illinois).