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Christopher La Rose

Pronouns: He/Him

Senior Research Scientist
Christopher is a qualitative researcher providing health communication and training and technical assistance for governmental, nonprofit, and academic partners.

Christopher is a senior research scientist in NORC’s Public Health department focused on health communications, Training and Technical Assistance (TTA), and qualitative research. He leads projects and studies, providing oversight and evaluation expertise, helping to design evaluations, gather data via both quantitative and qualitative methods, analyze that data, and interpret and communicate findings.

His projects focus on HIV stigma, care and treatment for older adults living with HIV, COVID-19-related mental health challenges for vulnerable populations, traffic safety messaging, international travel, public attitudes towards tobacco, disaster response and preparedness, health communications, and criminal justice.

Before coming to NORC, Christopher was a senior consultant with John Snow Inc., where he led tobacco and HIV health communications research projects for state/county public health agencies and academic clients, and HIV TTA projects for the HIV/AIDS Branch (HAB) at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). He also managed the blog for, run by the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infections Disease Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Prior to John Snow, Inc., Christopher spent seven years at ICF Macro leading multiple HIV TTA projects both domestically and internationally for the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention and the Division of Global HIV and Tuberculosis at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, respectively. Christopher also led a number of health communication projects evaluating multi-faceted awareness campaigns for patient advocacy groups and developing message frames for injury prevention for CDC.

Project Contributions

Communicating Safe Behavior Practices to Vulnerable Road Users

Helping Virginia Tech address risky behavior for vulnerable road users through communication support


National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine

Effective Traffic Safety Messaging

Developing an evaluation framework for traffic safety campaigns


Traffic Research Board of the National Academies of Science, Engineering & Medicine

Menthol Cigarettes & Social Justice Views

Understanding the perceptions of those targeted by marketing of flavored tobacco


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Emerging Strategies to Improve Health Outcomes for People Aging with HIV

Helping HRSA evaluate strategies to improve the health of older adults with HIV


Health Resources and Services Administration

COVID-19 Traveler Management Gap Analysis and Landscape Scan

Identifying gaps and proposing solutions to reduce the public health risks of travel


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

MacArthur Safety & Justice Challenge Evaluation

Evaluation of the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge to reduce jail populations across the U.S.


MacArthur Foundation