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Phoebe Lamuda

Pronouns: She/Her

Senior Research Director
Phoebe is a mixed methods researcher whose work focuses on reducing health disparities.

Phoebe is a senior research director in NORC’s Public Health department with over 11 years of quantitative and qualitative research experience focusing on reducing health disparities. Phoebe is currently focused on analyzing national survey data to develop chronic disease prevalence estimates and identify disparities across subpopulations.She is also a skilled project manager, overseeing a range of projects sizes, budgets, topic areas, and team sizes. Her work includes using statistical tools to analyze national survey data to develop prevalence estimates for chronic diseases and identifying where disparities exist across different subpopulations; leading primary data collection through surveys and interviews; directing literature reviews and environmental scans; and translating findings into actionable information.

Currently, she is working on a number of chronic disease surveillance projects to develop prevalence estimates for vision and eye health, hearing loss, and Alzheimer’s disease for the U.S. population. Phoebe is also researching the American people’s stigma toward people with opioid use disorder and misuse to improve treatment for people with a substance use disorder. For the HHS Office of Minority Health (OMH), Lamuda leads the provision of evaluation training and technical assistance (T/TA) to organizations working to improve health outcomes for racial and ethnic minority populations and recently led research to understand the facilitators and barriers to sustainability and spread for programs created to reduce health disparities. She also provides TA to organizations serving the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ beneficiaries seeking to achieve health equity and evaluation T/TA to support the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

Prior to joining NORC, Phoebe was a graduate research assistant at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health monitoring people’s exposure to mercury and analyzing the prevalence of childhood asthma across neighborhoods in the Greater Boston area. While at the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9, during a summer in graduate school, she compiled and analyzed data related to air and noise pollution across the country.

Project Contributions

HHS OMH Performance Improvement Management System

Identifying best and promising practices to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities

Client:

DHHS Office of Minority Health

Network-Driven COVID-19 Prevention for Vulnerable Populations (RADx-UP)

Randomized control trials to evaluate network-based approaches to promote COVID-19 prevention

Client:

National Institute of Drug Abuse

Improving and Enhancing U.S. Vision and Eye Health Surveillance

The most comprehensive system to track eye diseases and vision loss

Client:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Diabetes Translation, Vision Health Initiative

Expanding Hearing Loss Education & Awareness

The nation’s first ever state- and county-level hearing loss prevalence estimates

Client:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Publications