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Megan Stead

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Director
Megan is passionate about research infrastructure and innovation.

Megan is a senior research director in the Health Care Programs department at NORC at the University of Chicago. She is currently co-managing the instrument, sampling, data processing, and data delivery team of the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey.

Megan came to NORC with seven years experience successfully managing large, multi-mode, health related tracking surveys for corporate clients. Her experience extends to brand tracking, market share measurement, customer satisfaction, and health care usage.



Political Science, UIC-Chicago


DePaul University

Project Contributions

Connect for Cancer Prevention Study

Understanding the causes of cancer and how to prevent it


National Cancer Institute

Documentation of Social Need in 2018 Medicaid Data

Analysis of Medicaid T-MSIS data to understand how well recipients’ social needs are documented


NORC at the University of Chicago

Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS)

The most comprehensive source of data on Medicare spending and the evolving needs of beneficiaries


Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services