Qualitative Center of Research Excellence

Using traditional and innovative qualitative methods in applied health settings, KPCHR’s multi-disciplinary Qualitative Center of Research Excellence (Q-CORE) goes beyond numbers alone to increase knowledge, generate research insights, and improve health services and outcomes.

Health care is delivered in a living, breathing real-world context, full of nuance and complexity. By using a mix of qualitative approaches, from interviews and focus groups to ethnography & stakeholder engagement, our research helps us understand these nuances and how they interact to influence outcomes.

Our qualitative researchers conduct:

  • Formative research before a program or intervention is finalized and implemented.
  • Dissemination and implementation research about the dissemination of evidence-based programs in community, public health, and clinical practice settings, including research on the process of integrating interventions within a setting.
  • Evaluation research to evaluate impacts of treatment or service interventions.

  • Featured Study
  • PRIME: Understanding Disparities in Preventive Services for Patients with Mental Illness
  • Research has shown that people with serious mental illnesses, such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders, are often sicker and live shorter lives than the general population. To explore the reasons for these disparities, we used interviews and surveys to gather qualitative data from patients and their health care providers in two very different care settings.
    • Bobbi Jo Yarborough, PsyD
      Principal Investigator
    • Katrina Goddard, PhD
      CHR Principal Investigator
  • Funder: National Institute of Mental Health
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Members of the Qualitative Core

 

Carmit McMullen, PhD, Senior Investigator

A medical anthropologist, Dr. McMullen brings her expertise in qualitative and ethnographic research methods to studies in diverse areas including health care delivery, cancer survivorship, and aging. In addition to focus groups, interviews, and fieldwork (participant-observation), she also facilitates patient engagement in research by training patient advocates and integrating them into the research process. She has used ethnography to study how health care providers communicate, ensure patient safety, and implement electronic medical records systems. She has developed rapid assessment processes for conducting team-based ethnographic evaluations of clinical trials and implementations of other interventions, including health-information technology and organizational change in health care settings. Dr. McMullen received her MA and PhD in medical anthropology from Case Western Reserve University.

 

Bobbi Jo Yarborough, PsyD, Investigator

Dr. Yarborough is a clinical psychologist and health services researcher with nearly 20 years of experience managing the clinical and scientific oversight of research studies, including qualitative and mixed-methods studies, large multisite randomized controlled trials, and implementation and process evaluations. Her research focus is on improvement of care and outcomes among individuals with serious mental illnesses and/or substance use disorders. She recently received a National Institutes of Health R01 grant award to study the role of opioid use in suicide risk. Dr. Yarborough earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Oregon and her master’s in counseling and doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific University.

 

Scott Stumbo, MA, Research Associate III

Scott Stumbo has over 20 years of experience with qualitative and quantitative methods in a variety of settings. His primary work includes improving access, care and outcomes for individuals with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders. His previous work includes mixed methods research in HIV prevention and maternal and child health. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Sociology, both from U.C. Berkeley.

 

Jennifer Schneider, MPH, Research Associate III

Ms. Schneider is a Senior Research Associate with broad expertise in qualitative research, including methodological design, data collection, and analysis. Since joining the Center for Health Research in 2000, Ms. Schneider has served as a co-investigator on many studies, using observations, document review, interviews, and focus groups to develop and evaluate interventions within integrated health plans or community health centers at the patient, provider, and health system levels. Ms. Schneider earned her bachelor’s degree in rhetoric/communication from the University of Oregon and her master’s degree in public health/health education, with a focus on qualitative methods, from Portland State University.

 

Inga Gruß, PhD, Research Associate III

Inga Gruß is an anthropologist with expertise in a wide range of qualitative methods and analytic approaches, including interviewing, participant-observation, formative assessments and realist evaluations. Her research projects have engaged with many different stakeholders such as immigrants or medical professionals and taken her to different parts of the globe, foremost Southeast Asia. In her role as health services researcher she aims to contribute to developing patient-centered, evidence-based care approaches and practices. Dr. Gruß received her MA and PhD in anthropology from Cornell University.