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Lori McLeod, PhD

Lori McLeod, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management

Lori McLeod, PhD, is Head of Psychometrics and Executive Director of Patient-Centered Outcomes Assessment at RTI-HS. Dr. McLeod is a psychometrician with more than 20 years of measurement experience, including expertise in instrument development and validation, as well as experience developing appropriate health outcome strategies.

In her Psychometrics role, she has conducted many psychometric evaluations of both paper-and-pencil and computer-administered instruments. These investigations have included the assessment of scale reliability, validity, responsiveness, and work to define responder thresholds.

In addition, Dr. McLeod has experience conducting and analyzing data from clinical trials and observational studies, including data to document burden of disease and treatment benefit. Dr. McLeod has published numerous related manuscripts in Quality of Life Research, Value in Health, Pharmacoeconomics, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, and Psychometrika, and currently serves as a co-editor for Value in Health.

She has experience in a wide variety of therapeutic areas, including chronic pain, dermatology, oncology, psychiatry, respiratory, sleep disorders, urology, gastroenterology, and sexual dysfunction.

Dr. McLeod also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Research Activities

  • Psychometrics
  • Strategic and regulatory consulting related to patient-centered outcomes assessment
  • Burden of illness assessment


BS, Statistics, Mathematics Education, North Carolina State University

MA, Quantitative Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

PhD, Quantitative Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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