Colleen McHorney, PhD, Senior Research Leader of Patient-Centered Research at Evidera

Colleen A. McHorney

PhD, Senior Research Leader, Patient-Centered Research

Colleen is a trained psychometrician and health services researcher. Her clinical-outcome assessment (COA) work covers a 30-year career and has spanned the gamut of qualitative research for concept elicitation and patient understanding to advanced classical and modern psychometric techniques for item and scale analysis.

Colleen began her career at The Health Institute, New England Medical Center, and the Harvard School of Public Health. At The Health Institute, she was the co-architect, with John E. Ware, Jr., of the psychometric work published on the MOS SF-36 Health Survey. Throughout her career, Colleen was a tenured professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, a senior scientist at the Regenstrief Institute, a research career scientist in the VA Health Services Research program, a tenured professor of health services at the University of Kentucky, and a tenured associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine.

Prior to joining Evidera, Colleen was a senior scientist at ERT (February 2015 – May 2016) where she led the development and validation of patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures for pharmaceutical clients as well as regulatory support for PRO label claims. From October 2013 to January 2015, Colleen was a director and lead, development and validation, in Covance’s Global Health Economics and Outcomes Research. She led Covance’s market access scientific research on PROs. Prior to that, she was a senior scientist in Merck’s U.S. Outcomes Research where she led Merck’s outcomes research on osteoporosis and Merck’s scientific work on medication adherence. Colleen conceptualized, developed, and validated the adherence estimator, a brief, 3-item proximal screener for the likelihood of non-adherence to prescription medications (medication non-fulfillment and non-persistence) for asymptomatic chronic disease.

Colleen has conceptualized and developed numerous patient-based quality of life and quality of care tools, both generic and disease-specific. She has a national and international reputation in health outcomes assessment and measurement. She has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles, 6 book chapters, and has made more than 115 presentations at professional conferences. Colleen is rated as one of the most-highly cited researchers by the ISI Web of Knowledge. Less than one-half of 1% of all publishing researchers achieve this accomplishment. All told, the bolus of Colleen’s work has been cited more than 11, 000 times, making her one of the most highly-cited health services researchers in the world. Colleen is the recipient of 10 awards for her scientific leadership in and contributions to health outcomes assessment and health services research.

Colleen also served as deputy editor for Medical Care (the official journal of the Medical Care Section of the American Public Health Association) from 1997‒2001, and she was co-editor-in-chief of Medical Care from 2001‒2006.