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Brittany Schuler

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Assistant Professor


Ritter Annex 549
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, Social Work, University of Michigan
  • PhD, Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • MSW, Social Work, Temple University
  • BSW, Social Work, Temple University



Brittany Schuler, PhD is an assistant professor in Temple University’s School of Social Work. Prior to joining Temple, Dr. Schuler completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Michigan’s School of Social Work. Dr. Schuler completed her doctoral training in Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and earned both her BSW and MSW at Temple University. 

Through her research, Dr. Schuler aims to understand the complex system of interactions that influence health disparities across the socioeconomic spectrum, primarily in the areas of pediatric obesity, chronic illness, and maternal and child health. Dr. Schuler is also interested in research at the intersection of health and child welfare, as well as food and nutrition policy, and the role of social work in developing interventions for the promotion of optimal growth in early childhood, particularly within low-resourced, underserved communities.

Her research actively works to advance the Grand Challenge for Social Work to close the health gap by examining the social determinants of pediatric obesity and the parental, socio-environmental, and policy-related factors that influence risk and adverse health and developmental outcomes in early childhood. Ultimately, Dr. Schuler’s research goals are to develop and test community-based interventions that provide low-income neighborhoods with the resources needed to buffer the effects of systemic stressors and promote optimal health behaviors to protect children from preventable chronic health conditions that can result in impaired quality of life, disability, and premature death.

Research Interests

  • Social determinants of health
  • Maternal and child health
  • Pediatric obesity
  • Food and nutrition policy
  • Social and economic justice
  • Research methods and evaluation
  • Social welfare history and policy