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Karen E. Schifferdecker, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine
Assistant Professor of The Dartmouth Institute

Additional Titles/Positions/Affiliations:
Director, Center for Program Design and Evaluation at Dartmouth

Community and Family Medicine
The Dartmouth Institute

Luther College, BA 1989
U. Connecticut, MA 1993
U. Connecticut, PHD 2000
Dartmouth College, MPH 2011

The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice


Contact Information:

Center for Program Design and Evaluation
21 Lafayette Street, #373, HB 7250
Lebanon NH 03766

Office: 21 Lafayette Street
Email: Karen.E.Schifferdecker@Dartmouth.edu

Professional Interests:

Qualitative and mixed methods research
Implementation science and quality improvement
Technology in education
Studying the effectiveness of continuing and higher education
Community and medical system partnerships

Courses Taught:

Family Medicine clerkship: Community Project: diversity, cultural competency and care of underserved populations
MPH Seminar: Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Selected Publications:


  • Carney PA, Poor DA, Schifferdecker KE, Gephart DS, Brooks WB, Nierenberg DW. Computer use among community-based primary care physician preceptors. Academic Medicine, 2004; 79(6):580-590

  • Reed, VA, Schifferdecker, KE, & Pipas, CF. Development and Assessment of a Cultural-Immersion Diversity Experience for Family Medicine Students. Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education. 2007: 13(2): 78-86.

  • Schifferdecker KE, Homa K, Reed VA. A Training Intervention to Improve Information Management in Primary Care. Family Medicine. 2008: 40(6): 248-257. Family Medicine. 2008: 40(6): 248-257

  • Reed VA, Schifferdecker KE, Homa K. Improving Information Management in Primary Care: The Proof is in the Pudding. Informatics in Primary Care. 2008; 16: 211-217.

  • Homa K, Schifferdecker KE, Reed VA. Do Lessons Learned in a Training Intervention on Web-based Health Care Resources Diffuse to Non-exposed Members in the Primary Care Setting: A Comparative Study. Quality Management in Health Care. 2008; 17(4): 330-34

  • Schifferdecker KE, Reed VA. Using Mixed Methods Research in Medical Education: Basic Guidelines for Researchers. Medical Education. 2009; 43: 637-644

  • Reed VA, Schifferdecker KE, Rezaee ME, O’Connor S., Larson, RJ. The effect of computers for weight loss: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized trials. Journal of General Internal Medicine 2012; 27(1): 99-108.

  • Schifferdecker KE, Berman NB, Fall LH, Fischer MR Adoption of computer-assisted learning in medical education: the educators’ perspective. Medical Education. 2012; 46(11): 1063-1073

  • Reed VA, Schifferdecker KE, Turco M Motivating and Assessing Continuing Medical Education Learning Outcomes Via a Personal Learning Plan©. The Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions. 2012; 32(4): 287-294

  • Schifferdecker KE, Adachi-Mejia AM, Butcher RL, O’Connor S, Li Z, Bazos DA Translation of an Action Learning Collaborative Model into a community-based intervention to promote physical activity and healthy eating. Health Promotion Practice. 2016; 17(1): 70-79