Kara S. Riehman, PhD

Strategic Director, Evaluation and Research

Kara Riehman, PhD, is a Strategic Director in the Statistics and Evaluation Center in the Intramural Research Department at the American Cancer Society, Global Headquarters, in Atlanta, Ga. Dr. Riehman directs evaluation of ACS’s prevention and early detection programs among health system partners nationwide, including programs to increase breast, colorectal, and lung cancer screening, and HPV vaccination.

Dr. Riehman has 19 years’ experience in designing, implementing, and evaluating public health interventions, programs, and epidemiological studies. Her areas of expertise include process and outcome evaluations of clinical quality improvement strategies to increase cancer screening in primary care settings. She has experience in research design, including comparative effectiveness research; quasi-experimental design; and randomized controlled trials. She has also managed large cross-site evaluations of public health programs for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations (SAMHSA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Dr. Riehman’s evaluation work has contributed to program improvement in ACS program delivery, as well as contributed to understanding what factors lead to successful program implementation.

Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, Dr. Riehman conducted evaluation of national child behavioral health programs, which has contributed to understanding how to better serve children with mental health issues. She also conducted research and evaluation of community-based HOV prevention programs and behavioral HIV prevention interventions. The behavioral interventions have shown success in reducing risk behavior in several populations.

Dr. Riehman has over 25 publications in professional journals, over half of which are first-authored publications.


  • PhD, Sociology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1998
  • MS, Sociology, Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1995
  • BS, Social Relations, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA, 1990


  • Postdoctoral fellowship in substance abuse treatment, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse; Integrated Substance Abuse Programs; University of California, Los Angeles; 1998–2001
  • Summer Statistics Program; Interuniversity Consortium of Political and Social Research; University of Michigan; Ann Arbor; 1995

Contact: kara.riehman@cancer.org