Stephanie Grutzmacher

Academic interests

Stephanie’s research aims to understand unique experiences of food insecurity among vulnerable populations in order to identify best practices for food safety net and nutrition education programs. She works with SNAP-Ed, extension, and community collaborators to develop, implement, and evaluate programmatic strategies in family, school, retail, worksite, service agency, and community settings. She also facilitates a community development and capacity building partnership with public health and agriculture faculty at two universities in Ethiopia. Currently, Stephanie is conducting a study of farmworker and farmer safety net utilization, a study of older adults’ SNAP participation, a study of college and university responses to student food and housing insecurity, and a statewide evaluation of the Oregon Double Up Food Bucks program.


Dr. Grutzmacher received her PhD in Family Science from the University of Maryland in 2007. Prior to joining OSU in 2015, she was an Extension Specialist and Research Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.


U.S. college and university responses to student food and housing insecurity: A national inventory of strategies.

Stephanie Grutzmacher, PhD

Many institution-level efforts to address food insecurity have emerged on college campuses, but little to no evidence exists concerning the strategies used or their reach, scope, or effectiveness. Stephanie presents strategies used by colleges and universities, including which strategies are most commonly used and how use varies by institutional characteristics, including institution type and student demographics.

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