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Melissa Newberry

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Director
Melissa is an experienced project manager and social science researcher with over 15 years of experience leading and designing research projects.

Melissa is a senior research director in Health Care Programs. She is a Project Management Professional (PMP). She has expertise in project management, questionnaire design and testing, survey operations, and data analysis. She manages large, national, multi-mode household and firm surveys.

As an adaptable leader, Melissa has managed various healthcare, health insurance, and public opinion focused projects. Melissa uses project planning, management, and communication skills to ensure projects are well coordinated within NORC and with our clients and partners. Melissa is the project manager for the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), the nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital care data. She manages communication, staffing, and records for this large effort. She has led large survey operations work such as on the Department of Defense (DoD) Employer Experiences Survey, National Health Service Corps substance use provider and facility surveys, California Reducing Disparities Project, and the American Health Values survey. She managed panel operations for the SHRM Voice of Work panel ensuring that disparate teams work together to deliver timely workplace data.

Prior to NORC, Melissa was a senior evaluator at Managed Care of North America, where she led evaluations of Medicaid patient satisfaction, access to dental care, and projects investigating Medicaid fraud, waste, and abuse. She also worked in customer experience research for State Farm designing and managing research projects resulting in data driven decision making across the business.



Southern Illinois University of Carbondale


The University of North Florida

Project Contributions

California Communities Mental Health Services Survey

Informing efforts to make mental health services more accessible for diverse populations


California Department of Public Health, Office of Health Equity

American Health Values Survey

Exploring U.S. adults’ attitudes and opinions on health and health equity


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Supporting a Workforce to Treat Substance Use Disorders

Examining the effects HRSA’s Bureau of Health Workforce NHSC and behavioral health grant programs


HRSA Bureau of Health Workforce

Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP)

The nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital care data


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality