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Karen E. Schifferdecker, MPH, PhD

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

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

The Dartmouth Institute
Community and Family Medicine

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
1 Medical Center Drive, WTRB-5
Lebanon NH 03766


Professional Interests

Qualitative and mixed methods research
Implementation science and quality improvement
Technology in education
Patient-reported outcome measures
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
MPH Hybrid Program: Qualitative and Survey Methods
MPH Residential Program: Introduction to Qualitative Methods for Public Health and Healthcare Studies

Selected Publications


  • Schifferdecker KE, Yount SE, Kaiser K, Adachi-Mejia AM, Cella D, Carluzzo KL, Eisenstein A, Kallen MA, Greene GJ, Eton DT, Fisher ES A method to create a standardized generic and condition-specific patient-reported outcome measure for patient care and healthcare improvement. Quality of Life Research. 2018; 27(2): 367-378 (view details in PubMed)

  • Schifferdecker KE, Tosteson ANA, Kaplan C, Kerlikowske K, Buist DSM, Henderson LM, Johnson D, Jaworski J, Jackson-Nefertiti G, Ehrlich K, Marsh MW, Vu L, Onega T, Wernli KJ Knowledge and perception of breast density, screening mammography, and supplemental screening: In search of “informed”. Journal of General Internal Medicine. 2019; 35(6):1654–60

  • 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.

  • 2. Jankowski MK, Schifferdecker KE, Butcher RL, Foster-Johnson L, Barnett ER Effectiveness of a Trauma Informed Care Initiative in a State Child Welfare System: A Randomized Study. Child Maltreatment. 2019: 24(1):86-97

  • 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