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Heather Kane

Heather Kane

Program Director, Child & Adolescent Research and Evaluation Program


PhD, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA, Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, Religious Studies and Sociology, The George Washington University

Heather Kane, PhD, specializes in qualitative research methodologies, qualitative comparative analysis (QCA), mixed methods, and evaluation. She has more than 15 years of experience in developing and implementing mixed methods evaluations and is co-author of the SAGE Mixed Methods Series text, Qualitative Comparative Analysis in Mixed Methods Research and Evaluation.

Much of her current work focuses on conducting evaluations or needs assessments or providing evaluation support related to the substance use disorder (SUD), opioid use disorder (OUD), and other behavioral and mental health topics at the state and federal levels. She serves as qualitative task lead on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-funded Section 1115 Demonstration Federal Evaluation and & Meta-Analysis projectand project lead on the Texas Substance Use Needs Assessment. Her earlier work focused on women’s experiences with post-partum and post-adoptive depression. Previously, she was an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) National Research Service Award postdoctoral research fellow at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a U.S. Department of Education Jacob K. Javits Fellow.

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