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Mary Ann Scheirer, PhD

Credentials

Independent Consultant,
Scheirer Consulting

Biography

Mary Ann Scheirer is a program evaluator and health services researcher with nearly 40 years’ experience in applied social research.  She has focused recently on conducting, reviewing and summarizing empirical research on the sustainability of health programs.  She and James Dearing outlined “An Agenda for Research on the Sustainability of Public Health Programs”  in the American Journal of Public Health in 2011. Her review of empirical studies of sustainability appeared in 2005 in the American Journal of Evaluation.  She has facilitated numerous discussions and workshops on evaluating sustainability for NIH, American Evaluation Association, Eastern Evaluation Research Society, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the New Jersey Health Initiatives.   Her earlier numerous publications on process evaluation methods for assessing program implementation fostered a growing emphasis on studying the broader life cycle of programs. 
Dr. Scheirer is currently an independent consultant with her own firm, Scheirer Consulting.  She retired in 2004 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation where she was a Senior Program Officer for Research and Evaluation.  Previously, she was an adjunct faculty member at George Washington University where she taught a graduate course on performance measurement.  She was Principal Investigator on many grants and contracts from NIH, NSF, and other federal agencies.  Dr. Scheirer holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Cornell University.