Cheryl Eschbach

Cheryl Eschbach

Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture

Health and Nutrition Institute Director

Telephone: 517-353-1898

Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

Assistant Professor

Telephone: 517-353-1898

Dr. Cheryl Eschbach serves as Director of the Health and Nutrition Institute. Trained as a gerontologist, she is experienced in program implementation, evaluation and research dissemination. In her former role as an Extension Specialist, she provided evaluation leadership on a variety of community-based education topics, including climate variability and agriculture, new farmer leadership development, homeownership and financial capability, anger management, parenting, health self-management, and food safety. Cheryl is P.I. and Project Director of the SAMHSA-funded MSU Extension MiSUPER project.

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. Her recent publications highlight successful strategies of the MSU Model of Health Extension.


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

Research Interests

Aging and health; participatory and community-engaged research; Health Extension; connecting primary care with community-based education programs; program evaluation methods.


Cuthbertson, C., Eschbach, C. & Shelle, G. (accepted for publication). Addressing farm stress through Extension mental health literacy programs. Journal of Agromedicine.

Tiret, H., Eschbach, C., Nichols, A., Smith, B., Riffe, J., & Clark-Jones, T. (2021). Lessons from two states with Extension programs for managing stress. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension, 9(1), 94-108. Retrieved from

Tobe, E., Eschbach, C., Weber, R., Ortquist, J., & Hendrian, W. (2021). Behavior change for low-income individuals resulting from a Cooperative Extension financial capability program. Journal of Financial Counseling and Planning. DOI:10.1891/JFCP-19-00020   

Khan, T., Eschbach, C., Cuthbertson, C. Newkirk, C., Contreras, D., & Kirley, K. (2020). Connecting primary care to community-based education: Michigan physicians’ familiarity with Extension programs. Health Promotion and Practice, 21(2), 175-180. DOI: 10.1177/1524839919868980

Eschbach, C. L., Tiret, H., Carter, E., & Newkirk, C. (2019). Preparing Extension educators for community-based research and grant partnerships. Journal of Extension, 57(6). Retrieved from

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. Retrieved from

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. Retrieved from  

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

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 20.

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. Retrieved from  

Doll, J., Eschbach, C., & DeDecker, J. (2018). Using dialogue to engage agricultural audiences in cooperative learning about climate change. Journal of Extension, 56(2). Retrieved from

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., & Cronk, L. (2017). Cooperative Extension as a framework for health extension: The Michigan State University Model. Academic Medicine, 92, 1416-1420. DOI: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000001640 Retrieved from

Eschbach, C. L., Weber, R., Tobe, E., Hale, L. & 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., & Tiret, H. (2016). Anger management program participants gain behavioral changes in interpersonal relationships. Journal of Extension, 54(5). Article 25.

Eschbach, C. L., Sirrine, J. R., Lizotte, Erin, & Rothwell, N. L. (2016). Participatory data collection technique for capturing beginning farmer program outcomes. Journal of Extension, 54(4). Article 9.

Sirrine, J R., Eschbach, C. L., Lizotte, Erin, & Rothwell, N. L. (2016). The New FARM Program: A model for supporting diverse emerging farmers and early-career Extension professionals. Journal of Extension, 54(4). Article 22.