Director of Economic Initiatives
Dr. Tatiana Andreyeva is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Director of Economic Initiatives for the Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity at UConn. She is also Associate Director of the Tufts/University of Connecticut RIDGE (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Her research on obesity and food policy focuses on the role of economic incentives in food choices and diet, with a particular focus on fiscal policy and federal food assistance programs. Dr. Andreyeva’s main areas of expertise are in economic evaluation of food policy changes, assessment of the food environment in food stores, communities and child care settings, obesity cost analysis, and food assistance policy. She is an expert in quantifying the potential impact of sugary drink taxes on beverage consumption and tax revenue, including work on the often-cited Rudd Center tax revenue calculator.
Current projects include an evaluation of Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) effects on academic and health outcomes; a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of fiscal policies on foods and non-alcoholic beverages; assessment of recent changes to the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns in child care centers and CACFP access; improving nutrition and physical activity standards in CT early care and education settings, and food insecurity, gray divorce and health in older Americans.
Dr. Andreyeva earned her Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.