Teresa Anderson, Ph.D., M.S.W.
Associate Director, Research and Evaluation Unit, Center for Health Policy and Research
Instructor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Dr. Teresa Anderson brings extensive public health experience to her role as Associate Director of the Evaluation and Measurement Unit at the Center for Health Policy and Research, which is part of UMass Medical School. In this position, she leads evaluations of the programs and services at organizations such as UMass Medical School, partner state agencies at the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and out-of-state clients. She has a participatory, action-oriented approach to evaluation, and she is skilled in applying both qualitative and quantitative methods to answering evaluation questions.
Prior to joining the Center for Health Policy and Research in 2008, Dr. Anderson was director of the Office of Statistics and Evaluation in the Massachusetts Department of Public Health’s (MDPH) Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) and Bureau of Community Health Access and Promotion. In this capacity, she participated in high-level state government policy discussions, including the signing of an interagency data use agreement.
As part of the BSAS senior management team, Dr. Anderson helped develop the commonwealth’s strategic plan to address substance abuse. She also directed the MDPH segment of the Massachusetts Youth Health Survey/Youth Risk Behavior Survey interagency project with the Department of Education.
Dr. Anderson earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work at the University of Connecticut. She received her doctoral degree from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management of Brandeis University. She also earned certificates in Forensic Social Work and Women’s Issues at the University of Connecticut.