Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, PhD, MA, MSW

Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts
Health Scientist

Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, Ph.D., M.A., M.S.W., is a medical anthropologist and social worker who serves as a health scientist on the Implementation Science Team. Dr. Heurtin-Roberts’ work focuses on implementation research in primary care services, community health and participatory research, the role of implementation science in health equity and disparities, qualitative research methods in implementation, adherence research, and the context of implementation. Most recently, she led a working group of experts developing guidance in the use of qualitative methods in implementation. This work produced the recently completed NCI white paper, “Qualitative Research in Implementation Science.” She co-led the My Own Health Report Study (MOHR), which was an implementation trial of a behavioral health assessment process for primary care.

She led the publication of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research’s first guidance on presenting qualitative methods in NIH funding applications. 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.

Before coming to the NIH, Dr. Heurtin-Roberts was 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 research on implementation science, anthropological practice, chronic illness, adherence, health equity, and mental health services.

Dr. Heurtin-Roberts trained at the University of California, San Francisco and Berkeley and performed 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.

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  • Healthcare delivery and organization
  • Chronic illness
  • Implementation science and health equity
  • Behavioral and mental health
  • Culture, place, and health
  • Qualitative research in implementation science
  • Adherence research