The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Celeste Marie Torio – IEDM Lecturer


Celeste Marie Torio is currently a Staff Service Fellow in the Center for Delivery, Organization & Markets (CDOM) at the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality (AHRQ). She leads the public reporting initiative to improve healthcare quality, lower overall cost of care, and improve decision-making for consumers.

Dr. Torio also serves as a lecturer in the School of Business & Economics at The Catholic University of America (CUA), where she focuses on the economic and management aspects of global health and nutrition.

Prior to joining AHRQ, she served as a Research and Evaluation Officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Her portfolio (which totaled $54.0 million) focused on identifying promising methodological advances based on emerging evidence, on state-level evaluations of policy research, and on reporting and dissemination of findings. Her work has appeared in ABC News, the Huffington Post, and Scientific American.

She also served as a Congressional Policy Fellow for the Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP). 

Research and Writing

Torio, CM, Elixhauser A, and Andrews RM.  Trends in potentially preventable hospital admissions among adults and children, 2005-2010. HCUP Statistical Brief #151. March 2013.  Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.  
Torio, CM. (2012). The role of the Geographic Information Systems Infrastructure in Childhood Obesity Prevention: Perspective from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. American Journal of Preventive Medicine 42(5):513-515. 
Torio CM, Klassen AC, Curriero FC, Caballero, B, and Helzlsouer K. (2010).  The modifying effect of social class on the relationship between body mass index and breast cancer incidence.  American Journal of Public Health 100(1):146-151.
Orleans CT, Leviton LC, Thomas KA, Bazzarre TL, Bussel JB, Torio CM,  and Weiss SW. (2009). History of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Active Living Research Program: Origins and strategy.  American Journal of Preventive Medicine 36(2S), S1-S9.
Klassen AC, Garrett-Mayer E, Houts PS, Shankar S, and Torio CM. (2008). The relationship of body size to participation and success in a fruits and vegetables intervention among low-income women.  Journal of Community Health 33(2), 78-89.
Greene A, Torio CM, and Klassen A. (2005).  Well-screened: an index measuring sustained mammography use by African-American women. Journal of Community Health 30(4), 235-251.


In Her Words ...

Teaching a course with an eye toward innovative solutions is not only challenging, but exhilarating because I realize that I am teaching students (who exhibit a passion to change the world for the better) how to use methodologies in the context of advancing human dignity and the common good.– Celeste Maria Torio


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  • IEDM 521 – Economic and Management Aspects of Global Health, Food and Nutrition


Ph.D., Health, Behavior, and Society, Johns Hopkins University

M.P.H., Chronic Disease Epidemiology, Yale University

B.A., Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California


Areas of Expertise

  • Public Health
  • Obesity
  • Cancer prevention
  • Geospatial contributions to disease prevention