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Kathleen Rowan

Pronouns: She/Her

Principal Research Scientist
Kathleen is a quantitative researcher with survey and mixed methods experience.

Kathleen is a principal research scientist who also serves as a project director and senior analyst. She helps clients design evaluations, including developing research priorities and questions, data collection approaches and instruments, and analytic designs. Her primary interest is conducting research to understand the impacts of programs aimed to strengthen and improve behavioral and mental health services.

Kathleen’s work at NORC has focused on federal and state evaluations, including multi-site evaluations of payment and delivery models developed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), health workforce programs funded by the Health Resource and Services Administration, and grant evaluations funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Her roles include Project Director for HRSA’s Bureau of Substance Use Disorder Workforce Evaluation and the NORC’s SUPPORT Act Survey of Providers and Senior Data Analyst for other state and federal evaluations. In these roles, she works across quantitative and qualitative teams to conduct analyses, implement surveys, and develop reports for multiple audiences.

Prior to joining NORC, Kathleen analyzed survey data and conducted other research at the Minnesota Population Institute, and prior to that, worked for a contract to support the Bureau for Global Health at the United States Agency for International Development.



University of Minnesota


Boston University


University of Illinois

Project Contributions

Alaska Healthcare Transformation Project

Producing a roadmap to reduce health care costs and improve health outcomes


Alaska Healthcare Transformation Project

SUPPORT Act Provider Survey

Implementing a survey of providers who prescribe buprenorphine and Opioid Treatment Programs (OTPs)


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration Management and Evaluation

Ensuring states’ evaluations are scientifically valid and inform progress in meeting CMS goals


Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program: Value-Based Payment & Financial Simulations

Technical support in designing, developing and implementing Medicaid value-based payment approaches


Center for Medicaid & CHIP Services, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Supporting a Workforce to Treat Substance Use Disorders

Examining the effects HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce NHSC and behavioral health grant programs


HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce

Evaluation of the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model

Assessing an innovative model to reduce Medicare costs


Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation within the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Evaluating Rhode Island’s Medicaid Section 1115 Demonstration

Evaluation of programs implemented under Rhode Island’s Medicaid section 1115 demonstration


Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Provider Resiliency Evaluation

Rigorous evaluation of three programs addressing healthcare workforce burnout and mental health


Health Resources & Services Administration