I am a social and behavioral scientist with over a decade of water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sectoral research experience in low and middle income settings. I employ mixed methods approaches to understand how compromised WASH conditions impact physical and mental health, behavior, education, and empowerment, with a specific focus on girls and women throughout their life course. My work includes application of qualitative methods, measurement development, hierarchical modeling approaches, theory-based intervention design, and impact and process evaluation. In my work, I emphasize translation to policy and practice through public scholarship and engagement with policy-makers. I have carried out fieldwork in Kenya, India, Bangladesh, and Bolivia, and have supported research in over a dozen additional countries.
Select recent publications are below.
Areas of Interest
- Behavior and Health
- Safe Water and Sanitation
- Women’s Health
- Caruso B.A., Sommer, M., Phillips-Howard, P. A. , 2019, All of women’s health needs are worthy of attention, The Lancet, 393, 2119
- Caruso, B.A., Sclar, G.D., Routray, P., Majorin, F., Nagel, C., & Clasen, T. , 2019, A cluster-randomised multi-level intervention to increase latrine use and safe disposal of child feces in rural Odisha, India: the Sundara Grama research protocol, BMC Public Health, 19, 322
- Sinharoy, S.S. & Caruso B.A. , 2019, On ‘World Water Day’ and Everyday, Gender Equality and Empowerment Require Attention, The Lancet Planetary Health, ,
- Caruso, B.A., Ellis, A., Sclar, G., Girod, C., Penakalapati, G., Sahin, M., & Cavill, S, 2018, Building qualitative research capacity among teams of interdisciplinary collaborators around the globe: Process and lessons learned from a 14-country e-course, Pedagogy in Health Promotion, ,