Nancy Hood

Principal Research Associate


Nancy Hood, PhD, is a Principal Research Associate with more than 20 years of experience in community-engaged research and program evaluation and more than 10 years of senior leadership positions in university, nonprofit, and consulting settings. Her work focuses on multi-level strategies to improve evidence-based health care practices, social and structural determinants of health, and chronic diseases among marginalized populations. Most recently before joining Westat, Hood led research and evaluation strategies for Project ECHO, a telementoring model for health care professionals in more than 600 locations globally. She has led numerous evaluation projects with funding from CDC, AHRQ, HRSA, state health departments, and philanthropy.

Hood has experience with a wide range of research designs and quantitative and qualitative methods (e.g., surveys, focus groups, in-depth interviews, observations) and data sources (e.g., electronic health records (EHRs), administrative records, population-based surveys). She has almost 20 peer-reviewed publications in addition to developing products for non-technical audiences that make data clear and actionable to influence practices and policies.


  • PhD, College of Public Health, Ohio State University, Public Health
  • MPH, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education
  • BS, College of William and Mary, Psychology (Summa Cum Laude)


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