Tracy Costigan, senior learning officer in the Research-Evaluation-Learning (REL) unit, joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2014. As a distinguished behavioral scientist, she is involved in the process of understanding and measuring key health and health care issues essential to the Foundation’s overarching strategy to move our nation toward a Culture of Health. She notes: “In building a Culture of Heath, the Foundation takes on some of the hardest-to-measure problems that would not otherwise be addressed. I’m very pleased to be part of this process.”
Previously, Costigan served as a principal research scientist with the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. In this role, she was a technical lead and senior advisor on federally-funded research projects and a member of the Institutional Review Board (IRB). Her extensive methodology expertise includes complex study design and analysis, evaluation, quantitative and qualitative analysis, test development and validation, predictive analytics, and data modeling. Her other research during this period included critical issues, such as teacher quality and effectiveness, social emotional development, mental health, and threat assessment. Costigan also served as AIR’s principal investigator on a research program to support the Transportation Security Administration’s continuous efforts towards improving its performance. This series of studies examined the scientific basis for a behaviorally-based screening approach, evaluated program effectiveness, and developed individual and organizational performance indicators.
Prior to her tenure at AIR, Costigan served as a clinical research associate at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Her research and clinical work there focused on mental health services designed to support children’s needs within the family, schools, and communities, and fostering collaboration among stakeholders. Since her efforts at CHOP sought to bring vital interventions to underserved communities, Costigan is pleased to employ her expertise in furthering the Foundation’s efforts to strengthen vulnerable children and families.
Costigan earned her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Medical College of Pennsylvania/Hahnemann University, her MA in Clinical Psychology from Hahnemann University, and her BA in Biology-Psychology from Tufts University.
A Long Island, N.Y., native, she now lives in Solebury, Pa., with her husband and two sons. She enjoys skiing, biking, gardening, cooking, and “just about any ‘outdoorsy’ activity” with her family.