Megan Cotter, MPH

Senior Associate Scientist

Megan Cotter, MPH, is a Senior Associate Scientist for the Statistics & Evaluation Center at the American Cancer Society. She is a qualitative data collection and analysis expert, and she contributes to evaluations of community-based pilot programs for cancer prevention and early detection. Cotter conducts site visits, in-person and telephone interviews, designs program-specific evaluation assessments, conducts qualitative data analyses, and creates summary reports that support the evaluation of ACS mission and service delivery programs.

Before joining the Society in 2018, Cotter spent 2 years in a federal public health agency where she evaluated large-scale, national and international programs in tobacco prevention and cessation, chronic disease prevention and management, health communication, and implementation science. Prior to this, she completed a graduate practicum and internship in the Statistics & Evaluation Center, where she contributed to the design, implementation, and evaluation of data collection and analysis activities for the HPV VACs initiative, CHANGE grants, and Center for Tobacco Control.  

Cotter obtained her master’s degree in public health from Emory University, where she specialized in behavioral science, and her bachelor’s degrees in Spanish and health administration and policy from Creighton University. She has experience designing and conducting evaluation activities using qualitative methods such as in-depth interviews and focus groups, providing training and technical assistance to domestic and foreign stakeholders. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association.