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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., Gabor, V., Ball, M., Kosa, K., et al. (2014). Nutrition-education program improves preschoolers' at-home diet: A group randomized trial. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 114 (7):1001-1008.
Hersey, J.C., Cates, S.C., Blitstein, J.L., & Williams, P.A. (June 2014). SNAP-Ed can improve nutrition of low-income Americans across life span: RTI Press Publication No. RR-0023-1406. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Kosa, K.M., Cates, S.C., Hall, A.J., Brophy, J.E., & Frasier, A. (2014). Knowledge of norovirus prevention and control among infection preventionists. American Journal of Infection Control, 42 (6):676-678.
Li, Y., Jaykus, L.A., Cates, S., Wohlgenant, K., Chen, X., & Fraser, A.M. (2014). Hygienic conditions in child-care facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina: An integrated microbial and observational study. American Journal of Infection Control, Advance Online Publication .
Long, V., Cates, S., Blitstein, J., Deehy, K., Williams, P., Morgan, R., Fantacone, J., Kosa, K., Bell, L., & Hersey, J. (Dec 2013). Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program education and evaluation study (Wave II): Prepared by Altarum Institute for the USDA, Food and Nutrition Service. Washington, DC: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.
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