Director of Economic Initiatives
Dr. Tatiana Andreyeva is an Associate Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Director of Economic Initiatives at the UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Health. Her research on food policy and child nutrition focuses on the role of economic incentives in food choices and diet, with a particular focus on fiscal policy (taxes and subsidies) 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. 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.
Recently completed projects include an evaluation of Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) on academic and health outcomes and school meal costs and a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of fiscal policies on foods and non-alcoholic beverages.
Her current projects focus on evaluating changes in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) meal patterns in child care centers; assessment of strengths and barriers to improving CACFP participation rates across states; updating nutrition and physical activity standards in CT early care and education settings, and implications of gray divorce for food insecurity and health of older Americans.
Dr. Andreyeva earned her Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.