Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Wellness and Nutrition, a program of the Public Health Institute. She has more than 10 years of experience in public health, particularly in population-based research and evaluation. Her expertise includes study design, data collection, and data analysis for qualitative and quantitative methods. Her current research involves several mixed methods evaluation projects. She is currently a Co-Investigator on a multi-phase study to examine the impact of the Berkeley, California, sugar-sweetened beverage tax on population nutrition and retail behavior. She is currently a Co-Investigator on a multi-phase evaluation of the Michigan Harvest of the Month™ nutrition education initiative.
Ms. Ryan-Ibarra is especially interested in surveillance and research on obesity, nutrition, and physical activity which will inform public health programs and policies. Before working as a researcher, she led public health interventions with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ecuador and the Alameda County Community Food Bank in California. Ms. Ryan-Ibarra received her Master of Science degree in epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles and her Master of Public Health degree in community health education from San Francisco State University.