Kara S. Riehman, PhD

Program Director, Evaluation Research

Kara Riehman, PhD is a Program Director in the Statistics and Evaluation Center at the American Cancer Society. She oversees and conducts evaluation of community-based programs that focus on cancer prevention and screening in underserved populations. She manages the evaluation portfolio for national community-based grant programs, including those funded by corporate donations from the Walmart Foundation, the NFL, and Walgreens. She also works with Society divisions to conduct a process and outcome evaluation of a community health advisor (CHA) initiative to reduce disparities in breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer screening, and an evaluation of a CHA training curriculum in both English and Spanish.

A graduate of the Florida State University with a Doctorate in Sociology, Dr. Riehman has 19 years’ experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating public health interventions, programs, and epidemiological studies. Prior to joining the Society in 2011, Dr. Riehman worked for a public health consulting organization where she led several large, federally-funded multi-site evaluations of behavioral health interventions for youth and adults with a focus on community-based prevention efforts. Previously, Dr. Riehman has served as an investigator on several HIV prevention randomized controlled trials funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), quasi-experimental studies of behavioral intervention studies, and an epidemiological study of HIV transmission from high risk groups to the general population. She has experience conducting research and evaluation studies in the United States and international settings. Her evaluation and research expertise includes comparative effectiveness research; quasi-experimental and randomized controlled studies; complex statistical analysis, including multivariate regression, and Hierarchical Linear Modeling; and qualitative research design and analysis.