Dr. Suttiratana is a Sociologist of Health and Illness whose interests include various sociocultural influences on health. She currently serves as Coordinator for the Yale Cancer Disparities Firewall Project, a partnership between the Yale School of Public Health and the Yale Cancer Center. The project aims to improve prevention and screening behaviors among New Haven residents while building health promotion infrastructure to benefit local cancer prevention and control. Other research includes a study of diet and physical activity habit formation among transnational, immigrants from the Caribbean and using mixed methods to improve care and devices for youth with Type 1 diabetes mellitus and their families.
Dr. Suttiratana’s interests coalesce around considerations of social science insights to strengthen the reach and impact of public health messages and interventions. In this vein, she has contributed to various translational and community based research and implementation projects among diverse U.S. and international populations. Dr. Suttiratana has professional experience in epidemiological surveillance, community based, participatory research, clinic-based research, mixed methods design and analysis, intervention implementation, program evaluation and health leadership development in the U.S. and the Latin America and Caribbean region including work for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization.