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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.

Education

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

Latest Publications

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.
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, 42 (7):781-786.
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.
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