Asher Y. Rosinger
Director of Water, Health and Nutrition Lab
Dr. Rosinger's overall research program is designed to understand how humans meet their water needs, how this relates to perception, environmental resources, and water insecurity, and the resulting health, hydration, and disease consequences.
- Biobehavioral Health - BBH
- Water, Health and Nutrition Lab
- University of Georgia, PhD, Anthropology, 2015
University Park, PA 16802
- Water and dietary intake and hydration status
- Water insecurity
- Environmental and lifestyle transitions
- Global health
Asher Rosinger is a human biologist. Upon completion of his doctorate, Dr. Rosinger was selected as only one of two anthropologists to serve as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There, he led field projects related to Zika virus in Puerto Rico and published papers related to national surveillance on dietary water intake and sugar sweetened beverage consumption, obesity, and cholesterol. Dr. Rosinger examines how humans respond to changing nutritional and economic environments through water and dietary intake and the significance of mismatches in these relationships for short- and long-term health, nutrition, and disease. His overall research program is designed to understand the range of human variation in water intake and how this relates to perception, environmental resources, water insecurity, and health, hydration, and disease risk. In particular, he examines these issues in the Bolivian Amazon among indigenous Tsimane’ forager-horticulturalists, in Kenya among Daasanach agro-pastoralists, and in the US using complex survey data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). He explores the consequences of these strategies, states of health and behaviors, and of different diseases on hydration status using biomarker data. He is also a co-investigator in the Household Water Insecurity Experiences Scale (HWISE) consortium, which is working to cross-culturally validate a measure of water insecurity: http://sites.northwestern.edu/hwise/.
- CNH2-S: Long Term Perspectives on Water Security, Food Security, and Land Management Among Pastoralists Experiencing Change. National Science Foundation.
- Co-PI (Recommended for funding), 10/2019–23
- Collaborative Research: REU Site: Past and Present Human-Environment Dynamics, National Science Foundation.
- PI (Status: Recommended for funding), 09/2019–2022
- Water (In)Security: Health Impacts and Drinking Water Wells in Pennsylvania. Center for Security and Education Research, Penn State University
- Co-PI (Status: Ongoing), 2020-2021
- Human Health and the Environment Seed Grant Program. Water Insecurity, Stress, and Hydration (WISH): A cross-cultural exploration of psychological and biological consequences of water-related stressors. Penn State University PI, 2018-2021
§ Penn State News. Water borrowing: an invisible, global coping strategy for household water issues: 9/09/2020: https://news.psu.edu/story/631238/2020/09/09/research/water-borrowing-invisible-global-coping-strategy-household-water
§ Penn State News. A new way to research water: 1/15/20: https://news.psu.edu/story/603604/2020/01/15/research/new-way-research-water
§ Penn State News. Hydration may affect cognitive function in some older adults: 12/15/19: https://news.psu.edu/story/601196/2019/12/16/research/hydration-may-affect-cognitive-function-some-older-adults
§ NPR All things considered. Philadelphia Promotes Tap Water Amid National Distrust. 10/12/19: https://www.npr.org/2019/10/12/769783763/philadelphia-promotes-tap-water-amid-national-distrust
§ Penn State News. Biobehavioral health professor named Atherton Hertzler Early Career Professor. 8/05/2019: https://news.psu.edu/story/582749/2019/08/05/academics/biobehavioral-health-professor-named-atherton-hertzler-early
§ WebMD. Not Just One Reason Kids Don't Drink Enough Water. 7/29/2019: https://www.webmd.com/children/news/20190729/not-just-one-reason-kids-dont-drink-enough-water
Selected Media coverage of Dr. Rosinger's research:
- Reuters. Drinking water might help kids limit soda.
- CNN. “Drinking water linked to fewer sugary drinks -- and calories -- in kids” April 22, 2019
- Penn State News “Not drinking water may boost kids' consumption of sugary beverages” April 22, 2019
- The Economist. Loss of kidney function in old age is not inevitable. Feb. 13, 2019
- BTRtoday: The Daily Beat Podcast Interview. “Studying Sleep and Dehydration with Asher Rosinger” November 19 & 20, 2018.
- BTRtoday: The Daily Beat Podcast Interview part 2
- IFLScience. "Scientists Discover Yet Another Way Sleep Deprivation Can Hurt Us" November 7, 2018
- Inverse. “Sleep deprivation: Dehydration effects revealed in morning urine” November 7, 2018
- Penn State News “Shorter sleep can lead to dehydration” November 5, 2018
- Advanced Science News. "Water sharing across culters" September 20, 2018
- The Sausage of Science Podcast “When it rains, it floods” Podcast Interview September 17, 2018
- Penn State News “Black, Hispanics less likely to drink tap water, more likely to buy bottled water” February 23, 2018
- Northwestern University Journalism “As half the world suffers from water shortages, researchers gather to meet the threat”, August 29, 2017
- CNN “Study: 30% of kids have two or more sugary drinks a day” January 26, 2017
- Washington Post “Americans were making a lot of progress cutting back on sugary drinks. Now that’s stopped” January 26, 2017
- Reuters Health “Americans’ cholesterol, triglyceride levels continue to fall” November 30, 2016
- New York Times “Zika Cases in Puerto Rico Are Skyrocketing” July 30, 2016
- Public News Service “Americans Need to Step Up Their Water Intake” April 26, 2016
- National Geographic feature story “The Evolution of Diet” in September 2014 edition