Dr. Suzuki received her Ph.D. in Health Education, specializing in health behavior and psychometric statistics, from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a behavioral scientist and has an extensive background in needs assessment, the development of theory-based health promotion programs and program evaluation for adults and aging with and without physical disabilities. With PM&R, She currently conducts the identification of the best practices for the minority groups with physical disabilities in Flint and Detroit.
My long-term goal is to identify and intervene the factors associating with health disparities/health equities among adults and aging with disabilities. Currently, I develop scientific evidence of disability and health outcomes such as secondary health conditions and access to preventive care in Flint, MI. As PI on several grants, I laid the groundwork for the impacts on physical environments on health outcomes in Flint MI. Recently, I focused on two major areas by using the medical records and the self-administered survey such as health disparities, independent living, factors associating with health outcomes among adults with disabilities in the Medicaid or/and aged population in Flint, MI.
Currently, I investigate the relationships between the built environment and fall experiences among older adults in Flint, MI. Also, I will conduct surveys to understand the effective resources to improve/maintain the QOL among adults with physical disabilities with the Michigan Medicine.
Suzuki, R., & *Sechague-Monroy, N. (2018, April). Prenatal Care Usage & Health Outcome - Progress Report (Medical Record) 2017-2018. Submitted to the Hamilton Health and Community Network. Flint, MI.
Suzuki, R. (2017). The interaction effects between race and functional disabilities on the prevalence of self-reported periodontal diseases - National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2011-2012. Community Dental Health.‚
Suzuki, R.,Small, E., & Makled, M. (2016). Is complementary and alternative medicine for chronic associated with cancer screening rates for women with functional disabilities?Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 24,73-79.pain‚
Suzuki, R.,Wallace, P. M., & Small, E. (2015). Race, Health-related Quality of Life and Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in the National Health Interview Survey. American Journal of Health Behavior, 39(1), 132-139.
Kodjebacheva, G., Brennan, M., *Sabo, T., & Suzuki, R.(2015). Boundless Playgrounds in Southeast Michigan: Safety, Accessibility, and Sensory Elements. Park and Recreation. 25(1), 132-146.
Small, E., Suzuki, R., & Maleku, A. (2014). The Impact of Family and Parental Education on Adolescents' Substance Use: A Study of U.S. High School Seniors. Social Work in Public Health, 29(6), 594-605.
Krahn, G. L., Horner-Johnson, W., Hall, T., Roid, G., Andersen, E. M., Fujiura, G. T., Nosek, M.A., Cardinal, B. J., Drum, C.E., Suzuki, R.,and Peterson, J. J. (2014). Development and Psychometric Assessment of the Function-Neutral Health-related Quality of Life Measure. Archive Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 93(1), 56-74.
Suzuki, R., Krahn, G., Small, E., & Peterson-Besse, J. (2013). Multi-level barriers to obtaining mammograms for women with mobility limitations: a post-workshop evaluation. American Journal of Health Behavior, 37(5), 711-718.