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Kate Ballard LeFauve

Pronouns: She/Her

Principal Research Director
Kate manages large-scale and complex health research projects.

Kate oversees a variety of health research projects, ranging from data collection to quality improvement and evaluation studies. She brings over 25 years of experience serving clients that include government agencies such as the National Institutes for Health, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has also worked with nonprofit organizations such as the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as well as university-based researchers.

She currently serves as project manager on the Connect for Cancer Prevention Study, providing support to the National Cancer Institute’s effort to create a prospective cohort to study the origins of cancer. Kate is also Project Director for the SAMLAP (Sampling Strategies and Measure Development for the LGBT Aging Project), overseeing data collection for a pilot study testing the feasibility of achieving nationally representative sample of LGBT adults. She also manages the AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine project, overseeing the implementation of a quality improvement program focused on improving the diagnostic process and antibiotic stewardship in telemedicine practices.

Previously, Kate served as the principal investigator for the National Children’s Study (NCS) Central Regional Operations Center, as well as associate project director for the NCS East Regional Operations Center. In this role, she directed multimode data collection in 20 study locations across the country, as well as overseeing efforts to develop new measures to capture data on children’s health. Kate began her career at NORC. She then spent 10 years with Abt Associates, where she served as project director on several health-related surveys. Kate rejoined NORC in 2009.

Project Contributions

Indiana University’s P2P Health Interviews

Sampling and data collection support for the Person to Person Health Interview Study


Indiana University

AHRQ Safety Program for Telemedicine

Improving patient safety in the telemedicine environment


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality