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Steven Roche

Adjunct Faculty - ACER Consulting   |   PhD, MSc


Steven Roche is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Population Medicine and currently Director and Principal Consultant for ACER Consulting. As a research consultant and epidemioligist his interdisciplinary skill set blends epidemiological research, agricultural extension, and health promotion methodologies to understand and influence health outcomes. He has extensive experience conducting applied epidemiological research and designing, implementing, and evaluating knowledge mobilization programs and tools for industry, academic and government stakeholders in the agri-food and public health sphere. 

Research Interests

Dr. Roche's research focuses on the design, implementation, and evaluation of knowledge mobilization tools and programs in agriculture. More specifically he is interested in using theoretical frameworks to investigate and map the social determinants of health relating to infectious disease in populations. developing innovative communication approaches for achieving health outcomes, and designing, implementing, and evaluating population health interventions and programs.

Research Areas:

  • Exploring knowledge and attitudes of farmers and their relationship to animal health
  • Evaluating tools and programs for motivating on-farm behaviour change
  • Designing and evaluating veterinarian training programs and industry quality assurance programs

Graduate Students

Jamie Imada - PhD student - Epidemiology - Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph

Erin Wynands - PhD student - Epidemiology - College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Former Graduate Students

Manpreet Saini - MSc - Epidemiology - Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph

Kenlyn Ramsey - MSc - Epidemiology - Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph

Reilly Comper - 4th year research project - Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph



ACER Consulting 

Selected Publications

Ritter, C., Jansen, J., RocheS.M., Kelton, D.F., Adams, C.L., Orsel, K., Erskine, R.J., Benedictus, G. Lam, T.J.G.M., and Barkema, H.W. 2017. Invited review: Determinants of farmers’ adoption of management-based strategies for infectious disease prevention and control. J. Dairy Sci. 100:1-19.

Barkema, H.W., Orsel, K., Nielsen, S.S., Koets, A.P., Rutten, V.P., Bannantine, J., Keefe, G.P., Kelton, D.F., Wells, S.J., Whittington, R.J., Mackintosh, C.G., Manning, E.J., Weber, M.F., Heuer, C., Forde, T., Ritter, C., Roche, S.M., Corbett, C., Wolf, R., Kastelic, J.P., and De Buck, J. 2017. Knowledge gaps that hamper prevention and control of Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis infection. Trans. and Emer. Dis. 1-22.

Roche, S. M., Jones-Bitton, A., Meehan, M., Von Massow, M. and Kelton, D. F. 2015. Evaluating Focus Farms’ impact on Ontario dairy producer knowledge, perceptions, attitudes and behavior towards Johne’s disease control. J Dairy Sci. 98 (8): 5222-5240.

Johnson, R., Holtslander, B., Marzucco, A., Roche, S., Thomas, J., Pollari, F., Pintar, K.D.M. 2014. Direct testing for verotoxigenic Escherichia coli (VTEC) in surface waters. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 80(7): 2166.

Roche, S. M., Jones-Bitton, A., Majowicz, S. E., Pintar, K. D. M. and Allison, D. 2013. Investigating public perceptions and knowledge translation priorities for residents with private water supplies to improve water safety: A Newfoundland and Labrador case study. BMC Public Health. 13:1225.

Roche, S. M., Jones, A. Q., Majowicz, S. E., McEwen, S. A. and Pintar, K. D. M. 2012. Drinking water consumption patterns in Canadian communities (2001-2007). J Water Health. 10 (1): 69-86.