Alumna to discuss patient-centered research

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State alumna Lori Frank, program director of research integration and evaluation at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in Washington, D.C., will give a talk, titled “Research and Infrastructure Development from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute,” at 4 p.m. April 1, in the Bennett Pierce Living Center on the Penn State University Park campus. The talk, which is hosted by the College of Health and Human Development, is free and open to the public.

Since its establishment as part of the Affordable Care Act, PCORI has been funding patient-centered comparative effectiveness research. In her presentation, Frank will provide an overview of the merit review process at PCORI, including PCORI’s unique requirements for patient-centeredness in research and engagement of patients and other health care stakeholders. In addition, she will describe PCORI’s recently launched PCORnet, a major research data infrastructure initiative. 

As program director of research integration and evaluation at PCORI, Frank leads the institute’s evaluation research function, advances its research agenda on patient-centered outcomes in comparative effectiveness research, evaluates the impact of patient engagement in research, communicates with a range of stakeholders about patient-centered outcomes research methods and oversees scientific aspects of merit review. 

Prior to working at PCORI, Frank was a director in the Health Outcomes and Pharmacoeconomics group at MedImmune in Gaithersburg, Md. Prior to that, she was the executive director of the Center for Health Outcomes Research at United Biosource Corporation in Bethesda, Md., where her research focused on patient-reported outcomes assessment. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in psychology at Johns Hopkins University and a doctoral degree in human development and family studies at Penn State.

Frank is the author of numerous papers published in peer-reviewed journals, and she is a reviewer for several academic journals. In addition, she has given talks throughout the United States and the world. Her memberships include the National Quality Forum Committee on Person-Centered Care and Outcomes, the National Quality Forum Expert Panel on Patient-Reported Outcome Measures, AcademyHealth, the Alzheimer’s Association International Society to Advance Alzheimer Research and Treatment, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Memory Screening Advisory Board, the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research and the International Society for Quality of Life Research.

Last Updated March 17, 2014