New Publications

  1. Fuster, M., Handley, M. A., Alam, T., Fullington, L. A., Elbel, B., Ray, K., & Huang, T. T.-K. (2021). Facilitating Healthier Eating at Restaurants: A Multidisciplinary Scoping Review Comparing Strategies, Barriers, Motivators, and Outcomes by Restaurant Type and Initiator. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(4), 1479 [R].
  2. Shoup EM, Hormenu T., Osei-Tutu N.H., Ishimwe M.C.S., Patterson A.C., DuBose C.W., Wentzel A., Horlyck-Romanovsky M.F., Sumner A.E. Africans Who Arrive in the United States before 20 Years of Age Maintain Both Cardiometabolic Health and Cultural Identity: Insight from the Africans in America Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2020 Dec 15;17(24):9405. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17249405. PMID: 33333954; PMCID: PMC7765413.

Invited Reviews

  1. Fuster, M. Film review of “El Susto” by Karen Atkins, Gastronomica: The Journal for Food Studies 21(1):108-109. (The film discusses diabetes and sugary drink consumption in Mexico).

New Publications in Press

  1. James A. Greenberg, Xinyin Jiang, Lesley Tinker, Linda G. Snetselaar, Nazmus Saquib, Aladdin H. Shadyab. Eggs, cholesterol, choline, betaine and diabetes risk, a prospective analysis in the Women’s Health Initiative. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; Impact factor 6.77.

Invited Talks

  1. M. Fuster, “Qualitative Research: Sharing experiences from the field” Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition, Qualitative Research course, January 27, 2021 (online).
  2. M.F. Horlyck-Romanovsky. SUNY Downstate, Lifestyle Medicine Interest Group: “Type 2 Diabetes: Recognizing the Heterogeneity of Risk among Populations of African Descent”. February 8, 2021.

Honors and Awards

  1. E.R. Pouget received a Distinguished CUNY Scholar Award to conduct research at The Graduate School and CUNY University Center at the Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) during the spring 2022 semester. The research project is entitled: “Exploring Socialstructural Determinants of Racial/Ethnic Disparities in HIV Transmission and Birth Outcomes”.

Successful Completion of Master’s Thesis

  1. Mentored by Prof. Jorge Matias Caviglia, Ryan Huang completed his Master of Nutrition thesis: “The Role of Toll-Like Receptor 4 in Bone Marrow-Derived Immune Cells in the Development of Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis-Related Liver Fibrosis”.

Media Coverage

COVID-19: Public Health Perspectives course (HNSC 5191)

  1. Brooklyn College website:
  2. News 12 local television:
  3. NBC New York local news:
  4. amNY local newspaper:
  5. Brooklyn College Vanguard student newspaper:

BC Magazine

  1. M Fuster’s research was featured in the Brooklyn College magazine, ‘Focused on Food for the Greater Good”,

Grants Submitted

  1. Gaba, A., & Schnoll, R. (2021). Will Simulated Cases of Infant and Child Nutrition Care Improve Knowledge and Practice Self-Efficacy of Dietetic Interns? Ann A. Hertzler Memorial Research Grant.
  2. Horlyck-Romanovsky M., Chuang K., Yeh MC. CUNY Interdisciplinary Climate Change Research Grant Program, 2021. “Lowering the Risk of COVID-19 Morbidity and Mortality in New York City Black Caribbean Communities by Adapting the PreventT2 Diabetes Prevention Program”.

Manuscripts Submitted

  1. Fuster, M., H. Kodali*, K. Ray, B. Elbel, M.A. Handley, T.T-K Huang, & G. Johnson, “Area characteristics and consumer nutrition environments in restaurants: An examination of Hispanic Caribbean restaurants in New York City”. [R] (in review, Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities). *Student researchers.
  2. Fuster, M., T.M. Leak, & L. Galitzdorfer, ““Because I don’t come from the culture:” Examining dietitian’s experiences promoting healthy dietary behaviors among Hispanic Caribbean clients in New York City” [R] (in review, Critical Dietetics Journal).
  3. Horlyck-Romanovsky MF, Huang TT-K, Ahmed R, Echeverria SE, Wyka K, Leung MM, Sumner AE, Fuster M. Intergenerational Differences in Dietary Acculturation among Ghanaian Immigrants Living in New York City: A Qualitative Study. Under Review.
  4. Horlyck-Romanovsky, M, Haley, S. Increasing Obesity Odds Among Foreign-Born New Yorkers are not Explained by Eating Out, Age at Arrival, or Duration of Residence: Results from NYC HANES 2004 and 2013/2014. Under Review.
  5. Susan Juray, MS, RD, CDN, Kathleen V. Axen, PhD, CDN, and Steven E. Trasino, PhD. Remission of Type 2 Diabetes with Very Low-Calorie Diets – A Narrative Review. Submitted to Current Developments in Nutrition.

Conference Abstracts Submitted

American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions

  1. Farag, M., Khosla, L., Bhat, S., Montiel Ishino, F.A., Williams, F., Horlyck-Romanovsky, M.F. Black New Yorkers With Type 2 Diabetes: Afro Caribbean Immigrants Have Better Cardiometabolic Health Than African Americans.
  2. Hormenu, T., Wentzel A., Ishimwe, M.C.S., Shoup, E.M., OseiI-Tutu, N.H., Patterson, A., Dubose, C., Mabundo, L. Horlyck-Romanovsky, M.F., Sumner, A.E. African Women Have Lower Cardiometabolic Risk At Higher BMI Than Men: The Africans In America Study.
  3. Wentzel A., Ishimwe, M.C.S., Shoup, E.M., OseiI-Tutu, N.H., Patterson, A., Hormenu, T., Dubose, C., Horlyck-Romanovsky, M.F., Sumner, A.E. FINDRISC Identifies Diabetes Due To Insulin Resistance But Not β-cell Failure.
  4. Frank, TS*, TL Caldwell, F Ca*, T Alam*, and M Fuster. “A quantitative assessment of changes in the consumer nutrition environments of New York City Hispanic Caribbean restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic”. *Student researchers.
  5. Fuster, M. R. Abreu, T Huang, M Rodriguez*, E Harrison*, B Elbel, K Ray, and M Handley. “Facilitating Healthy Eating in Latin American Restaurants: Examining acceptability and barriers among restaurant owners and staff”. *Student researchers.
  6. Harrison E*, M Rodriguez*, D Veliz*, R Abreu, and M Fuster. “Adapting to the Pandemic: Experiences of Latin American Restaurants During COVID-19 and Potential Implications for Community Health and Food Environments”. *Student researchers.

Academic Training

  1. M. Fuster. IMS 246 Designing Individual-Level Implementation Strategies, University of California, San Francisco (online, Jan-March 2021).
  2. M. Fuster and members of Fuster Lab (T Alam, F Ca, and C Conaboy) are participating in a series of “How to” Workshops on design thinking, led by IA Collaborative (CUNY SPH partnership), Nov. 2020-May 2021.
  3. X. Jiang and E.R. Pouget are participating in Effective Online Teaching Practices (CUNY-wide award), Scaling Instructional Excellence for Student Success, a 25-week program, September, 2020 – April, 2021.

Conference Panels and Presentations

  1. X. Jiang (Moderator): “Nutrition and Health Forum” at the 2020 International Health Promotion and Development Forum, November 19-20, Guangzhou, China.

Conference Abstracts Accepted

  1. Fuster, M. Restaurants, community health and place-making in the COVID-19 era: Exploring interrelationships among Caribbean Diasporas in the United States (Latin American Studies Association, May 2021).

Invited Talks

  1. M Fuster – panelist, Healthy Food Retail Network, “Engaging Food Service Sector during the Pandemic: How Researchers/Practitioners Can Engage the Food Service Sector During the Pandemic.” Co panelists: Stella Yi (NYU) and Ashley Kosiak (James Beard Foundation) Wed. Dec. 15, 1-2:05pm, via Zoom: Meeting ID: 984 7144 2392 Password: 683376
  2. Horlyck-Romanovsky M.F. Nutritional Epidemiology & Assessment: Dietary Assessment in NYC African Immigrant Communities. Teachers College, Columbia University. December 2, 2020.