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Kathleen N. Lohr

Distinguished Fellow, Health Care Services and Policy

Kathleen N. Lohr, PhD, has 40 years of experience in health services and policy research. She was the founding director of the RTI International–University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center and is now senior adivsor to the EPC. Dr. Lohr was the founding editor-in-chief of RTI Press and continues on its editorial board.

Before coming to RTI in 1996, Dr. Lohr spent nine years at the Institute of Medicine and 12 years at The RAND Corporation, leading work on quality of care, health insurance, and other health care topics. She has more than 140 books, monographs, and reports and more than 170 peer-reviewed articles to her credit. She was associate editor of Quality of Life Research and has participated on numerous national advisory committees, including the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the core editorial board for the National Guidelines and National Quality Measures Clearinghouses.

For several years at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill, Dr. Lohr held the rank of Research Professor, Health Policy and Administration; she remains an adjunct professor in Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and Senior Research Fellow at the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. In 2005, she received ISPOR's Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award.


PhD, Public Policy Analysis, MPhil, Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate Institute; MA, Education, Stanford University; BA (with distinction), Sociology, Stanford University

Latest Publications

Amick, H.R., Gartlehner, G., Gaynes, B.N., Forneris C, , Asher GN, , Morgan, L.C., Coker-Schwimmer, E., Boland E, , Lux, L.J., Gaylord S, , Bann, C., Pierl CB, , & Lohr, K.N. (2015). Comparative benefits and harms of second generation antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapies in initial treatment of major depressive disorder: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ, 351 :h6019.
Cella, D., Hahn, E.A., Jensen, S.E., Butt, Z., Nowinski, C.J., Rothrock, N., & Lohr, K.N. (2015). Patient-reported outcomes in performance measurement: RTI Press Publication No. BK-0014-1509. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.
Gartlehner, G., Dobrescu, A., Evans, T.S., Bann, C., Robinson, K.A., Reston, J., Thaler, K., Skelly, A., Glechner, A., Peterson, K., Kien, C., & Lohr, K.N. (2015). The predictive validity of quality of evidence grades for the stability of effect estimates was low: A meta-epidemiological study. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, Advance Online Publication .
Wallace, I.F., Berkman, N.D., Watson, L.R., Coyne-Beasley, T., Wood, C.T., Cullen, K., & Lohr, K.N. (2015). Screening for Speech and Language Delay in Children 5 Years Old and Younger: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics, 136 (2):e448-e462.
Lohr, K. (2015). An interview with Mark Graber. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety, 41 (5):195-198.
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  • Quality of Care and Clinical Practice Guidelines
  • Evidence-Based Practice and Methods
  • Health Status and Quality of Life Assessment