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Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra, MPH, MS

Research Scientist


Suzanne Ryan-Ibarra is a research scientist at Survey Research Group. She has more than 10 years of experience in public health. Her current research utilizes the California Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and other national, state, and local survey data to examine issues related to health behaviors and chronic disease. She has expertise in population-based research and mixed methods research, including study design, sampling, data collection, and data analysis.

Ryan-Ibarra is especially interested in surveillance and research on obesity, nutrition, and physical activity which will inform public health programs and policies. She has a particular interest in immigrant health and has worked on several projects focused on Latino and Asian immigrants in California. Her prior experience includes work at the University of California, Los Angeles with the Parkinson’s Environment and Gene Study and the California Health Interview Survey. Before working as a researcher, she led interventions with the Peace Corps in Ecuador and the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland. She speaks both English and Spanish fluently.

Ryan-Ibarra received her Master of Science degree in Epidemiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and her Master of Public Health degree in Community Health Education from San Francisco State University. 

The Relationship Between Food Insecurity and Overweight/Obesity Differs by Birthplace and Length of US Residence (2016)

The longer immigrant women reside in the United States, the greater the chances that food insecurity will affect obesity, according to this study b...

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Berkeley Evaluation of Soda Tax (BEST) Study Preliminary Findings (2015)

Interim results presented November 3, 2015 at the American Public Health Association, from the largest-to-date evaluation of Berkeley, California&r...

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Impact Evaluation of the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program with Michigan Harvest of the Month in Schools (Grades K-8) (2014)

This report summarizes findings prepared for the Michigan Fitness Foundation and Michigan Department of Education from a quasi-experimental interve...

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Current Depression Among Women in California According to Residence in the California–Mexico Border Region (2012)

This study aims to provide a timely snapshot of the current burden of depression, examine predictors of current depression, and explore possible pa...

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Asthma is a major health issue in the United States and across the globe—impacting adults and children, and resulting in acute and sever...

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According to the WHO, cancer is among the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases and 8.2 mill...

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Diabetes poses a major health threat and burden to people across the world, and contributes to rising—but often preventable—health care...

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The evaluation of public health programs and policies is essential to improving health outcomes. PHI offers a full suite of evaluation services&mda...

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Food Security

Obesity and diet-related chronic diseases have become severe economic and health threats to both adults and children—increasing the costs of ...

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Health Equity & Social Justice

Our health and wellbeing are directly impacted by our community environments. Unfortunately, not all environments are designed to promote and suppo...

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Heart Disease

Poor diet and physical inactivity are among the leading causes of preventable death in California and play a major role in a host of chronic diseas...

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Nutrition & Diet

The Public Health Institute views nutrition and diet as fundamental building blocks to good health. We are committed to reducing obesity and improv...

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Obesity Prevention

The obesity epidemic is a growing threat to our nation's long-term health, with communities of color and low-income populations disproportionat...

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Physical Activity

Physical inactivity contributes to many of the leading causes of preventable death, and plays a major role in a host of chronic diseases and health...

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Population Health

Access to high-quality, affordable health care is critical. Yet health is also heavily determined by factors outside the doctor’s office, fro...

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Research - Surveillance

Understanding emerging and existing health threats begins with good data. Public health surveillance ensures that researchers, programs, and policy...

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Research - Survey

The Public Health Institute believes in fostering health and well-being through rigorous quantitative and qualitative research, guided by the princ...

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