Kathleen N. Lohr, PhD

Adjunct Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


Kathleen N. Lohr, PhD, MPhil, MA, is a Distinguished Fellow in Health Services Research at RTI International. She was the founding director of the RTI–University of North Carolina (UNC) Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) as of 2007; she is now senior advisor to the EPC. Dr. Lohr was the founding editor-in-chief of RTI Press, a corporate-wide initiative, and Before coming to RTI, she spent 9 years at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), National Academy of Sciences; as a director of the Division of Health Care Services, she had overall responsibility for administrative, personnel, and substantive tasks related to the division’s portfolio of studies in health care delivery, organization, financing, quality of care and clinical evaluation, practice guidelines, health workforce, public health, and related topics..

During her 12 years at the RAND Corporation before that, she served as lead analyst, co–principal investigator or project leader, lead author, analyst, coordinator of staff activities, or senior editor on a variety of health care projects for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Defense, and Office of Technology Assessment. Dr. Lohr also served a 3-year term (2008–2010) as a member of the National Advisory Council, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), and she continues to serve on several expert panels and advisory boards for national and international groups. In 2005, she was awarded the Avedis Donabedian Outcomes Research Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research. In 2007, RTI honored her with the Margaret Elliott Knox Excellence Award.

For several years at UNC–Chapel Hill, Dr. Lohr held the rank of Research Professor, Health Policy and Administration. She remains an adjunct professor in Health Policy and Management in the Gillings School of Global Public Health and Senior Research Fellow at the UNC Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research.

Key Publications

Reproducibility: A Primer on Semantics and Implications for Research. Pellizzari, E., Lohr, K., Blatecky, A., and Creel, D. (2017). RTI Press. Publication No. BK-0020-1708.

Scientific Writing: Making It Readable. Lohr, K.N. (2017). Lohr Consulting.

Chapter 1. Introduction: Improving outcomes for noncommunicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries: An RTI International Grand Challenge. LaBresh, K. A., & Lohr, K. N. In K. A. LaBresh (Ed.), Improving outcomes for noncommunicable diseases in low- and middle- income countries (2016). RTI International. RTI Press Publication No. BK-0017-1608.

Patient-reported outcomes in performance measurement. Cella, D., Hahn, E. A., Jensen, S. E., Butt, Z., Nowinski, C. J., Rothrock, N., & Lohr, K. N.  (2015). RTI Press. Publication No. BK-0014-1509.

How bioethics can inform policy decisions about genetic enhancement. Cook-Deegan, R., K.N. Lohr, & J.G. Palmer. In B.A. Lustig, B.A. Brody, G.P. McKenny (Eds.), Altering Nature. Vol. II: Religion, biotechnology, and public policy (2008). Berlin: Springer.


  • BA with distinction, Sociology, Stanford University, 1962
  • MA, Education, Stanford University, 1963
  • MPhil, Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School, 1977
  • PhD, Public Policy Analysis, RAND Graduate School, 1980