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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 nutrition education in the Woman, Infants, and Children (WIC) program, 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

Richardson AS, , Arsenault, J.E., Cates, S.C., & Muth, M.K. (2015). Perceived stress, unhealthy eating behaviors, and severe obesity in low-income women. Nutrition Journal, 14 (1):122.
Kosa, K.M., Cates, S.C., Bradley, S., Godwin, S., & Chambers, D. (2015). Consumer shell egg consumption and handling practices: Results from a national survey. Journal of Food Protection, 78 (7):1312-1319.
Williams, P.A., Cates, S.C., Blitstein, J.L., Hersey, J.C., Kosa, K.M., Long, V.A., et al. (2015). Evaluating the impact of six supplemental nutrition assistance program education interventions on children’s at-home diets. Health Education and Behavior, 42 (3):329-338.
Cates, S.C., Kosa, K.M., Brophy, J.E., Hall, A.J., & Fraser, A. (2015). Consumer education needed on norovirus prevention and control: Findings from a nationally representative survey of U.S. adults. Journal of Food Protection, 78 (3):484-490.
Fraser, A., Wohlgenant, K., Cates, S., Chen, X., Jaykus, L.A., Li, Y., et al. (2015). An observational study of frequency of provider hand contacts in child care facilities in North Carolina and South Carolina. American Journal of Infection Control, 43 (2):107-111.
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  • Health Communication
  • Program Evaluation
  • Food Safety
  • Nutrition Policy