Cheryl Eschbach

Cheryl Eschbach
Telephone: 517-353-1898

MSU Extension

Health and Nutrition Institute Director

Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
446 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824

Dr. Cheryl Eschbach is an Extension specialist and the director of the Health and Nutrition Institute with Michigan State University Extension. Trained as a family gerontologist, she has experience in program implementation, evaluation and research dissemination through community engagement. She has provided evaluation leadership on a variety of community-based education topics, including climate variability and agriculture, new farmer leadership development, homeownership education, anger management, parenting and caregiver education, health education, self-management of chronic conditions and food safety.

In 2017, with colleagues, she published an innovation report in Academic Medicine proposing how the national Cooperative Extension framework can serve as a model of health extension to be implemented at other extension services within land-grant institutions and our nation's academic health centers and community-based medical schools.


Ph.D.   Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University, 2006.
M.S.    Family Sciences and Gerontology, Oregon State University, 2003.
B.A.     Psychology and Sociology/Anthropology, Oakland University, 2000.


Eschbach, C. L., Tiret, H., Carter, E., & Newkirk, C. (In Press). Preparing Extension educators for community-based research and grant partnerships. Journal of Extension.

Tiret, H., Eschbach, C. L., & Newkirk, C. (2019). Rx for Health Referral Tool Kit techniques to promote Extension programs. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 7(3), 173-185. Available here.

Khan, T., Eschbach, C., Cuthbertson, C. Newkirk, C., Contreras, D., & Kirley, K. (2019). Connecting primary care to community-based education: Michigan physicians’ familiarity with Extension programs. Health Promotion and Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1524839919868980

Hetherington, C., Eschbach, C. L., & Cuthbertson, C. (2019). How evaluation capacity building contributes to credible evidence for Cooperative Extension programs. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 7(2), 175-188. Available here.

Eschbach, C., Carter, E., Newkirk, C., Tiret, H., Millet, M., Cronk, L., & Dwyer, J. (2018). Using speed meetings to connect Extension experts with university health researchers. Journal of Extension, 56(4). Article 4IAW3.

Wardynski, F. A., Isleib, J. D., Eschbach, C. L. (2018). Evaluating impacts of five years of beginning farmer webinar training. Journal of Extension, 56(6). Article 6RIB6.

Waitrovich, B., Shelle, G., Eschbach, C., & Nichols, J. (2018). Cottage Food Law program expands outreach through online delivery. Journal of the National Extension Association of Family & Consumer Sciences, 13, 84-100.

Doll, J., Eschbach, C., & DeDecker, J. (2018). Using Dialogue to Engage Agricultural Audiences in Cooperative Learning About Climate Change. Journal of Extension, 56(2).[2FEA2]    Working Differently in Extension podcast about this article, at

Dwyer, J., Contreras, D., Eschbach, C., Tiret, H., Newkirk, C., Carter, E., & Cronk, L. (2017, Sep/Oct). Cooperative Extension as a Framework for Health Extension. Annals of Family Medicine. Published letter.

Dwyer, J., Contreras, D., Eschbach, C., Tiret, H, Newkirk, C, Carter, E., and Cronk, L. (2017). Cooperative Extension as a framework for health extension: The Michigan State University Model. Academic Medicine, 92:1416-1420. 

Eschbach, C. L., Weber, R., Tobe, E., Hale, L. and Washington, V. (2016). Evaluating an outcomes-based standardized homeownership education program. Family Consumer Science Research Journal, 45, 138–149.

Pish, S., Clark-Jones, T., Eschbach, C., and Tiret, H. (2016). Anger management program participants gain behavioral changes in interpersonal relationships. Journal of Extension [online], 54(5) Article 5FEA3. Available at:

Eschbach, C. L., Sirrine, J. R., Lizotte, Erin, and Rothwell, N. L. (2016). Participatory data collection technique for capturing beginning farmer program outcomes. Journal of Extension [online], 54(4) Article 4TOT3. Available at:

Sirrine, J R., Eschbach, C. L., Lizotte, Erin, and Rothwell, N. L. (2016). The New FARM Program: A Model for Supporting Diverse Emerging Farmers and Early-Career Extension Professionals. Journal of Extension [online], 54(4) Article 4FEA1. Available at:

Layman, C., Doll, J., & Peters, C. (2013). Using stakeholder needs and deliberative dialogue to inform climate change outreach efforts. Journal of Extension [online], 51(3) Article 3FEA3. Available at:  

Rodgers, M., Hillaker, B., Haas, B., & Peters, C. (2012). Taxonomy for assessing evaluation competencies in Extension. Journal of Extension [online], 50(4) Article 4FEA2. Available at:

Peters, C. L., & Bolkan, C. R. (2009). Measuring meaningful time experiences in intergenerational relationships. Michigan Family Review, 13, 21-31.

Katzev, R., Allen, J., & Peters, C. L. (2009). The effects of a humanities reading program on economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 39 (8), 1974-1990.

Zvonkovic, A. M., & Peters, C. L. (2009). Employment effects on relationships. In H. T. Reis & S. Sprecher (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Peters, C. L., Zvonkovic, A. M., & Bowman, S. (2008). Job travel and work experiences of women employed in the Cooperative Extension Service. Journal of Extension [online], 46(4) Article 4FEA4. Available at:

Peters, C. L., Rennekamp, D., & Bowman, S. (2008). An online reporting system for evaluating parenting education programs. Journal of Extension [online], 46(3) Article 3TOT2. Available at:

Peters, C. L., Hooker, K., & Zvonkovic, A. M. (2006). Older parents’ perceptions of ambivalence in relationships with their children. Family Relations, 55, (Special Issue on Family Gerontology), 539-551.

Peters, C. L. (2005). Review of “Intergenerational ambivalences: New perspectives in parent-child relations.” Journal of Marriage and Family, 67(2), 538-540.

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