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Bhuvana Sukumar, PhD
Senior Director, Research Science
Bhuvana Sukumar, a PMP-certified senior director at ICF, has more than 20 years of experience in research and evaluation and project management. For CDC’s National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Diabetes Translation, she serves as research director for ICF’s original concept broad agency announcement project to increase participation of male professional drivers in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Change Program (LCP). For this project, she is using human-centered design to inform the design and development of audio podcasts tailored to the needs of professional drivers. She is also designing and implementing a randomized control trial as part of a demonstration study that will test the effectiveness of the audio podcasts in engaging and retaining drivers in the LCP.

Also for NCCDPHP, Bhuvana directed a comprehensive evaluation of three cooperative agreements (State Public Health Actions, State and Local Public Health Actions, and Good Health and Wellness in Indian Country) between four CDC divisions (Division of Diabetes Translation; Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention; Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity; and Division of Population Health’s School Health Branch) and states, localities, tribes, and tribal organizations to examine efficiencies, effectiveness, and overall impact of a cross-cutting approach to prevent and reduce the risk factors associated with obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. She led the design and implementation of a mixed methods design consisting of process and outcome evaluation studies for each program, including a health equity study for the State and Local Public Health Actions program.

For CDC’s National Center for Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD), Bhuvana designed and implemented a mixed methods evaluation that examined the implementation and impact of an evidence-based treatment, Changing High-Risk Alcohol Use and Increasing Contraception Effectiveness Study (CHOICES) on risky behaviors related to alcohol-exposed pregnancies in STD clinics. She served as the process study lead and summarized the progress, experiences, and lessons learned in the adoption and implementation of CHOICES interventions in STD clinics. To assess fidelity to the CHOICES model, Bhuvana developed fidelity measures to be completed by the clinicians as well as patients with STI. She developed and conducted key-informant interviews; oversaw multi-day, onsite data collection; and analyzed and disseminated quantitative and qualitative data. She developed both a technical report based on the implementation site visit for CDC and a brochure highlighting findings. The results were presented at the grantee meeting held by CDC.