Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra is a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Wellness and Nutrition, a program of the Public Health Institute. Dr. Ryan-Ibarra 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 Principal Investigator of a multi-phase evaluation of the Michigan Harvest of the Month™ Food Navigator Pilot Program at farmers markets and a Co-Investigator on evaluations of SNAP-Ed initiatives throughout the United States, including a quantitative evaluation of initiatives that include direct education partnered with policy, systems, and environmental changes in the Southeast Region.
Dr. 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. Dr. Ryan-Ibarra received her Doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of California, Davis, and her Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education from San Francisco State University. Her dissertation measured the impact of public policies on sugar-sweetened beverage consumption and purchases in California.