Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts, PhD, MA, MSW

Suzanne Heurtin-Roberts
Health Scientist

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.

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  • Healthcare delivery and organization
  • Multiple chronic conditions
  • Adherence and self-management
  • Qualitative and mixed methods
  • Understanding context
  • Behavioral and mental health