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Suzanne Nobrega, M.S.

Associate Director and Outreach Director

Francis College of Engineering
Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace
Falmouth 305F


Occupational health, Health promotion, Research and evaluation, Education and training

Research Interests

Workplace Health, Public Health, Job Stress, Total Worker Health, Professional Education


Ph.D. Student: Research and Evaluation, University of Massachusetts Lowell
M.S.: Human Nutrition and Health Communications, Cornell University
B.S.: Nutritional Science, University of Delaware


Suzanne Nobrega, M.S. and doctoral student, is Associate Center Director and Outreach Director of the University of Massachusetts Lowell Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPH-NEW). She is Principal Investigator of the "Total Worker Health Dissemination & Implementation (D&I) Hub" project. In this role, she oversees research translation activities, including communications, education, and developing program toolkits for employers to make the workplace conducive to health and well-being.

Selected Awards and Honors

2017 Eusebio Rial-Gonzalez Innovation & Practice Award in Occupational Health Psychology

Selected Publications

Punnett, L., Nobrega, S., Zhang, Y. et al. (2020) Safety and Health through Integrated, Facilitated Teams (SHIFT): stepped-wedge protocol for prospective, mixed-methods evaluation of the Healthy Workplace Participatory Program. BMC Public Health 20, 1463.
Nobrega S, Kernan L, Plaku-Alakbarova B, Robertson MM, Warren N, Henning R, CPH-NEW Research Team. (2017) Field tests of a participatory ergonomics toolkit for Total Worker Health, Applied Ergonomics, 60, 366-379. doi:10.1016/j.
Nobrega, S., Champagne, N., Abreu, M., Goldstein-Gelb, M., Montano, M., Lopez, I., Arevalo, J., Bruce, S., Punnett, L. (2016) Obesity/Overweight and the Role of Working Conditions: A Qualitative, Participatory Investigation. Health Promotion Practice, 17(1), 127-136. doi: 10.1177/1524839915602439
Center for Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace. The Healthy Workplace Participatory Program Toolkit [internet]. University of MA Lowell; [cited 2020 Dec 1]. Available from:
Nobrega S, Champagne NJ, Azaroff LS, Shetty K, Punnett L. (2010) Barriers to Workplace Stress Interventions in Employee Assistance Practice: EAP Perspectives. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health 25: 4, 282 - 295. doi:10.1080/15555240.2010.518491.
Jill Carter, Jean L. Wiecha, Karen E. Peterson, Suzanne Nobrega, Steven L. Gortmaker. (2007) Planet Health: An Interdisciplinary Curriculum for Teaching Middle School Nutrition and Physical Activity, 2nd edition. Champagne, IL. Human Kinetics.

Selected Presentations

Nobrega, S, Zhang, Y, Do, P, Mawn, B, Chin, W, Kurowski, A, Punnett, L. (2019) Evaluation of an online nurse continuing education program to prevent patient handling injuries. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo Nov 6, 2019.
Nobrega S, Juergens M, Kane K, Myers K, Torres S, Li W, Punnett L. (2017) Employer based stress interventions in a public health worksite wellness capacity building program. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Expo Nov 6, 2017, Atlanta, GA.