Sharon Sugerman joined Public Health Institute (PHI) in 1999 and became Director of Research and Evaluation in 2012. In her role with PHI Center for Wellness and Nutrition (CWN), she manages research and evaluation diet and physical activity studies. Presently she is conducting evaluation projects for the Michigan Fitness Foundation on its Harvest of the Month™, Farmers Market Food Navigator Pilot, and Produce for Pantries interventions and HealthMPowers in Georgia for its Community Project. She provides guidance to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) Southeast Regional Office Evaluation Workgroup. Sharon has published research on SNAP-Ed intervention evaluation, public opinion on diet, physical activity, and obesity prevention, fruit and vegetable consumption and access in California, dietary assessment measures, Hispanic food and shopping habits, and community-based cancer prevention programs.
Prior to joining CWN, Sharon worked on a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) contract researching methodology to improve data collection for national nutrition monitoring surveys. Earlier, she held research dietitian positions with community-based Hispanic and African-American chronic disease risk reduction projects at Northwestern University, Loyola University, and the Illinois Cancer Council. She is a Collaborative author of The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) Evaluation Framework: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Indicators and collaborative editor and author of the Interpretive Guide to the Evaluation Framework. She is a member of the national More Matters Fruit and Vegetable Campaign Research Subcommittee and a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Sharon earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois Urbana and a master’s degrees in rehabilitation psychology from the Illinois Institute of Technology. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition and medical dietetics and a graduate certificate in gerontology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.