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Sheryl C. Cates

Senior Research Policy Analyst

Sheryl Cates has more than 20 years of experience managing projects to provide support for developing food safety and nutrition policy. She specializes in health communication, program evaluation, and survey research methods. She has expertise in survey instrument development and cognitive interviewing; survey design and administration for mail, telephone, Internet, and field surveys; qualitative research methods; and survey data analysis. Projects have included evaluating Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) education in seven states, evaluating materials for a social marketing campaign to promote food thermometer use, and assessing food safety practices of at-risk populations. Ms. Cates has presented her research findings at professional conferences and she has published in numerous journals.


BA, Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Latest Publications

Williams, P.A., Cates, S.C., Blitstein, J.L., Hersey, J.C., Kosa, K.M., Long, V.A., et al. (2014). Evaluating the impact of six supplemental nutrition assistance program education interventions on children’s at-home diets. Health Education and Behavior, Advance Online Publication .
Wohlgenant, K.C., Cates, S.C., Fraser, A., Chapman, B., Jaykus, L.A., & Chen, X. (2014). Sanitation in Classroom and Food Preparation Areas in Child-Care Facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina. Journal of Environmental Health, 77 (4):20-27.
Li, Y., Fraser, A., Chen, X., Cates, S., Wohlgenant, K., & Jaykus, L.A. (2014). Microbiological analysis of environmental samples collected from child care facilities in North and South Carolina. American Journal of Infection Control, 42 (10):1049-1055.
Kosa, K.M., Cates, S.C., Hall, A.J., Brophy, J.E., & Fraser, A. (2014). Gaps in food safety professionals' knowledge about noroviruses. Journal of Food Protection, 77 (8):1336-1341.
Kosa, K., Cates, S., Ball, M., Godwin, S., & Coppings, R. (2014). Consumers response and preparedness to ensure food safety during extended power outages: Findings from a national survey. International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health, 5 (1):34-45.
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