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The Year in Research

Conducted each year, this poll selects the "Final 5" Most Influential Research Articles published by our grantees during that year.

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Evidence Matters

The Evidence Matters newsletter keeps our partners up-to-date on important research and evaluation information and resources from RWJF.

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Meet the Research and Evaluation Team

Alonzo L. Plough

Vice President, Research and Evaluation and Chief Science Officer

Alonzo Plough leads the Research and Evaluation unit, a team dedicated to improving the nation's ability to understand key health and health care issues so that informed decisions can be made concerning the way Americans maintain health and obtain health care.  

Penny M. Bolla

Web Editor, Research and Evaluation

Penny Bolla manages research and policy content for the RWJF Publications and Research website and tracks the progress of seven Foundation teams for the Scorecard, our annual assessment of our organizational performance.

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Nancy Wieler Fishman

Senior Program Officer

Nancy Fishman designs and manages the research and evaluation programs on the Human Capital team.  Of particular interest are workforce issues in areas of nursing, primary care and long term care. She also helps to produces the Scorecard, an annual report on RWJF’s organizational performance.

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Katherine Hempstead

Senior Program Officer

Katherine Hempstead brings her experience in government, research, and academia to her work with the RWJF Coverage team, and relishes the “opportunity to start new projects and learn more about the world of philanthropy.” 

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Denise Herrera

Associate, Evaluation

Denise Herrera employs her extensive training in program design and evaluation, in conjunction with public health, in her work with all of the RWJF teams.

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Tina J. Kauh

Program Officer

Tina Kauh utilizes her research and evaluation experience in real-world settings and her expertise in youth development to manage and oversee Childhood Obesity programs. Of particular interest is how health-related programs and policies address health disparities across the nation

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Laura C. Leviton

Senior Adviser for Evaluation

Laura Leviton has overseen evaluations in most of RWJF’s areas of focus and in her current role is charged with improving evaluation both within the Foundation and in the field as a whole. She also serves as a member of the Childhood Obesity team and Vulnerable Populations Portfolio.

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Deborah A. Malloy

Unit Coordinator, Research and Evaluation

Deb Malloy focuses on supporting unit-wide activities/projects and external and internal learning, works on the Publications and Research website, maintains the R&E Intranet site, manages the Evaluator and Survey databases, and provides assistance on Enterprise level/learning projects.

Kerry Anne McGeary

Senior Program Officer

Kerry Anne McGeary brings an economic perspective to many of the Foundation's efforts, as a member of the Research and Evaluation unit and Quality/Equality team.

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Molly McKaughan

Director, Research Resources Center

Molly McKaughan directs the Program Results Reporting unit, which produces Program Results Reports on the results and findings of completed projects and national programs, and Progress Reports on a selection of active projects and programs. It also produces Grantee Profiles of fellows, scholars, leaders, and researchers.

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Lori Melichar


Lori Melichar is engaged in the Foundation’s efforts to advance the science of quality improvement (QI) research and evaluation, and to produce information that is useful to employers and providers considering investing in quality improvement training. She is a member of the Human Capital and Pioneer Portfolios.

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Carolyn E. Miller

Senior Program Officer

Carolyn Miller is a member of the Research and Evaluation unit.

Tracy Orleans

Senior Program Officer/Senior Scientist

C. Tracy Orleans designs and oversees programs of research to identify science-based policy and environmental approaches to population-level health behavior change and childhood obesity prevention, as a member of the Research and Evaluation unit and Childhood Obesity team.

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Brian C. Quinn

Assistant Vice President, Research and Evaluation

Brian Quinn supports the R&E unit's goal of facilitating learning by spreading the Foundation's lessons from past and current investments. In addition, much of his focus is on bridging the worlds of research and policy, making sure the Foundation is supporting actionable evidence to inform policy debates. 

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Matthew D. Trujillo

Associate, Research

Matt Trujillo is a member of the Research and Evaluation unit.

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Naima T. Wong

Program Officer

Naima Wong guides the research and evaluation programming for the Public Health team. Her work cuts across several key program areas designed to achieve the Foundation’s goal of ensuring quality in the nation’s public health system and advocating for policies that protect, promote and preserve the population’s health.

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Amy Woodrum

Research Assistant

Amy Woodrum currently works on both the Anthology and Scorecard. She is also responsible for maintaining the evaluation portion of our website and providing general research support to Research and Evaluation program officers.