Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, PhD, MA, MSW
Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, MA, PhD, MSW is a medical anthropologist and social worker who trained at UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley with post-graduate work in mental health services research and in gerontology. She holds a master’s in medical sociology from the University of New Orleans.
Dr. Heurtin-Roberts’ present work focuses on implementation research in primary care services, care for persons with multiple chronic conditions, qualitative research methods in implementation, adherence and self-management, and the contextualization of implementation research. She currently leads a working group developing guidance for the use of qualitative methods in implementation research and co-chairs the OBSSR affiliated Anthropological Research Interest Group. She co-leads the My Own Health Report Study (MOHR) and continues to lead the MOHR learning community.
After coming to the NIH In 1998, she led the publication of OBSSR’s first guidance on qualitative methods in NIH funding applications. Since arriving at the NCI in 2000, Dr. Heurtin-Roberts has served in leadership roles on health equity and quality-improvement efforts with several federal offices, agencies and committees. At NCI’s community clinic in Columbia Heights, DC, she served as the Director of Community Outreach. In 2009, as Senior Advisor to the NIH Acting Director and Deputy Director, Dr. Heurtin-Roberts led a trans-NIH initiative on community health research infrastructure funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
Before coming to the NIH, Dr. Heurtin-Roberts was on faculty at the National School of Social Services at the Catholic University of America, where she taught graduate courses in human behavior, health policy, and research methods. She has published in the areas of implementation science, anthropological practice, chronic illness, adherence, health equity and mental health services research.
- Implementation science in cancer prevention and control: a decade of grant funding by the National cancer Institute and future directions. Neta G, Sanchez MA, Chambers DA, Phillips SM, Leyva B, Cynkin L, Farrell MM, Heurtin-Roberts S, Vinson C. Implement Sci. 2015 Jan 8;10(1):4. doi: 10.1186/s13012-014-0200-2.
- How pragmatic is it? Lessons learned using PRECIS and RE-AIM for determining pragmatic characteristics of research. Gaglio B, Phillips SM, Heurtin-Roberts S, Sanchez MA, Glasgow RE. Implement Sci. 2014 Aug 28;9:96. doi: 10.1186/s13012-014-0096-x.
- Designing a valid randomized pragmatic primary care implementation trial: the my own health report (MOHR) project. Krist AH, Glenn BA, Glasgow RE, Balasubramanian BA, Chambers DA, Fernandez ME, Heurtin-Roberts S, Kessler R, Ory MG, Phillips SM, Ritzwoller DP, Roby DH, Rodriguez HP, Sabo RT, Sheinfeld Gorin SN, Stange KC; MOHR Study Group. Implement Sci. 2013 Jun 25;8:73
- Frequency and prioritization of patient health risks from a structured health risk assessment. Phillips SM, Glasgow RE, Bello G, Ory MG, Glenn BA, Sheinfeld-Gorin SN, Sabo RT, Heurtin-Roberts S, Johnson SB, Krist AH; MOHR Study Group. Ann Fam Med. 2014 Nov-Dec;12(6):505-13. doi: 10.1370/afm.1717.
- Adoption, reach, implementation, and maintenance of a behavioral and mental health assessment in primary care. Krist AH, Phillips SM, Sabo RT, Balasubramanian BA, Heurtin-Roberts S, Ory MG, Johnson SB, Sheinfeld-Gorin SN, Estabrooks PA, Ritzwoller DP, Glasgow RE; MOHR Study Group. Ann Fam Med. 2014 Nov-Dec;12(6):525-33. doi: 10.1370/afm.1710.
- Heurtin-Roberts, S. (2009) Self and other in cancer health disparities: negotiating power and boundaries in U.S. society. Chapter 10 in Confronting cancer: metaphors, advocacy, and anthropology, J. McMullin and D. Weiner, eds. pp 187-206. Santa Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research.