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Lori D. McLeod

Director of Psychometrics

Lori McLeod, PhD, has more than 10 years of experience in instrument development and has conducted many psychometric evaluations of both paper-and-pencil and computer-administered instruments. These investigations have included the assessment of scale reliability, validity, and responsiveness. Dr. McLeod previously directed the psychometric procedures related to a large-scale admissions test and contributed to research in computerized adaptive testing such as item response theory. She has published numerous manuscripts in Applied Psychological Measurement, Pharmacoeconomics, Journal of Educational Measurement, and Psychometrika. She also serves as the treasurer of the Psychometric Society. Recently, she has concentrated on developing health outcomes strategies as well as the psychometric evaluation of questionnaires designed to measure health-related quality of life. Dr. McLeod has experience in a wide variety of therapeutic areas including chronic pain, dermatology, oncology, psychiatry, respiratory, sleep disorders, urology, and sexual dysfunction.


PhD, Quantitative Psychology, L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; MA, Quantitative Psychology, L.L. Thurstone Psychometric Laboratory, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; BS (summa cum laude), Statistics, Mathematics Education, North Carolina State University.

Latest Publications

Traina, S.B., McQuarrie, K., Barrett, A., DiBenedetti, D., & McLeod, L. (2015). Content Validity of the Current Health Satisfaction Questionnaire (Ches-Q) Among People Living with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2dm) and Comorbid Chronic Kidney Disease (Ckd). Value in Health, 18 (7):A710-A711.
Strober, B., Zhao, Y., Tran, M.H., Gnanasakthy, A., Gnanasakthy, A., Nyirady, J., Papavassils C, , Nelson, L.M., McLeod, L.D., Mordin, M., et al. (2015). Psychometric validation of the Psoriasis Symptom Diary using Phase III study data from patients with chronic plaque psoriasis. Int J Dermatol , Advance Online Publication .
Mordin, M., Brown, T.M., McLeod, L., DeMuro, C., & Gnanasakthy, A. (2015). For two companies the FDA PRO Guidance leads to similar but different measures: A case study in psoriasis, Value in Health, 18 (3):A111-A111.
Odom, D., McLeod, L., Sherif, B., & Nelson, L. (2015). Methods to assess the association of patient-reported outcomes and clinical endpoints, Value in Health, 18 (3):A6-A6.
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  • Psychometrics
  • Health Outcomes Strategy
  • Patient-Reported Outcomes
  • Health Status and Quality of Life Assessment