Our team

Karen Schifferdecker


Karen Schifferdecker, PhD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor in Community and Family Medicine and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. A medical anthropologist, she has extensive experience overseeing and conducting evaluation projects and programs in institutions, clinical sites, and community-based settings using both quantitative and qualitative research methods. She has evaluated grant- and non-grant funded studies for over 25 years and conducts and disseminates educational research and materials on these and other projects. Examples of her grant- and contract-funded experience include the Center for Disease Control Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth (Co-PI), the Multi-specialty MOC Portfolio Approval Program (evaluator), the Africa Routine Immunization System Essentials -- System Innovation Component funded by John Snow Inc. (evaluator), and a randomized controlled trial of an educational intervention with 24 primary care practices on use of online resources funded by the National Library of Medicine (PI).

Anna M. Adachi-Mejia

Faculty Fellow

Dr. Adachi-Mejia is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and Deputy Director of the Health Promotion Research Center at Dartmouth. Dr. Adachi-Mejia has worked with partners in academic, community, and non-profit organizations across the country. She works with both quantitative and qualitative data. Dr. Adachi-Mejia has served in every role required to run a successful project, from recruitment, data collection, and analysis to supervision and project management. She has over two decades of experience conducting survey research across a wide range of settings and modalities across multiple age groups. She also enjoys running focus groups, conducting photovoice projects, and using state-of-the art technology to objectively measure people's patterns of physical activity and sleep.

Rebecca Butcher

Senior Research Associate

Rebecca Butcher earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters of Science from Boston University. After spending 20 years as a physical therapist, consultant and Assistant Professor at Boston University, Ms. Butcher joined the CPDE team where she leads a wide range of mixed-method evaluations, including several multi-level, systems change initiatives at the state and national level. Ms. Butcher is skilled in evaluation design and project management and draws on her extensive experience in healthcare delivery science, clinical education, curricular design and community research to help clients achieve their evaluation goals. She's contributed to a number of abstracts and publications in Health Education and Behavior, Journal for the Poor and Underserved, Neurology Report, Pediatric Physical Therapy, and to a chapter in Obesity Interventions in Underserved Communities.

Kathleen Carluzzo

Senior Research Associate

Kathleen Carluzzo graduated with a Masters of Science in Healthcare Research from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Since 2010, she has contributed to a variety of qualitative and quantitative research projects at Dartmouth. She has demonstrated skills in survey design, database development, research project management, grant writing, and conducting focus groups. She has experience analyzing a variety of primary and secondary data, including those from clinical, claims, survey, patient-reported, and qualitative sources.

Lynn Foster-Johnson

Faculty Fellow

Lynn Foster-Johnson, PhD is an Assistant Professor at Geisel School of Medicine who is an accomplished statistician with expertise and publications in multivariate analysis methods and multi-level modeling. She also has experience working as an evaluator and regularly utilizes qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods data analyses.

Erin Knight

Research Associate

Erin Knight earned her PhD in education from the University of California, Riverside. Throughout graduate school, she conducted research on the education of students with developmental delays, and evaluated the effectiveness of academic and social/emotional school-wide systems. Erin has worked at a school district in the Chicago suburbs, where she was involved in multiple projects evaluating the outcomes of district practices and programs. She has also practiced as a school psychologist in the Los Angeles area, where she collected, analyzed, and interpreted student and school-wide data, and provided counseling and assessment services. Her skills include identifying program goals, analyzing quantitative data, and writing grants and reports.

Sharon O'Connor

Senior Research Associate

Sharon O'Connor has a MS in Clinical and Health Services Research from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, and an MBA from Boston University. With over 20 years of experience as project manager and research professional, Ms. O'Connor provides program leadership in research design and evaluation, including questionnaire, data collection, and analysis design and planning. A skilled analyst and communicator, she has worked in diverse work environments requiring high levels of collaboration and teamwork in private, public and non-profit agencies. Ms. O'Connor specializes in translating quantitative and qualitative data into clear, concise evidence and actionable results.

Laura Pickrell

Research Associate

Laura earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health's Health Policy and Management program. As a graduate student, she was actively involved with the Minnesota Public Health Association's work on the Health in All Policies initiative at the state and local levels. She was also a Research Assistant at the University of Minnesota's Food Policy Research Center, and she worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to address issues facing pedestrians and bicyclists in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Prior to entering graduate school, she worked as a Mental Health Counselor for children and adolescents in a residential treatment setting, and as a Research Assistant for the University of New Mexico's Department of Biology. Her skills include analysis of primary and secondary datasets, including survey data, as well as writing reports.

Katie Silvius

Research Associate

Katie earned her Masters of Public Health in Community Health Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Throughout her schooling, she had a strong interest in health literacy and the intersection of health and education. After graduate school, she worked at The Dartmouth Institute as a Curriculum Specialist where she worked with faculty to develop course content for the MPH program at Dartmouth. In this role, she focused on program evaluations for accreditation and course evaluations. Areas of expertise include developing course learning objectives and evaluations, designing and deploying online surveys, and analyzing qualitative data.

Virginia Reed

Emerita Director

Virginia Reed, PhD, MPH, Emerita Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. She came to Dartmouth after spending many years in health care practice and consulting. She specializes in evaluation research, particularly in areas relating to medical and health care education. She has spoken extensively about implementing change in health care and about achieving cost efficiency. As a principal in the Center for Educational Outcomes at Dartmouth, a precursor to CPDE since 1997, she led evaluations for a wide range of local, national, and international programs. Dr. Reed's recent research has been in the area of learning experiences and in research methodology.