Carole Harris is a behavioral scientist with more than 25 years of research and evaluation experience. She has served as an expert panelist for U.S. News and World Report's "Best Diet" rankings since its inception and currently directs ICF's Division of Community Health Evaluation and Dissemination Related Technical Assistance and Training Services contract from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). She also provides technical direction to ICF's research and evaluation community.
Prior to joining ICF, Dr. Harris served as the principal or co-investigator on a wide variety of health-related research projects supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI); the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH); CDC; the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD); the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF); the HopeLab Foundation; and pharmaceutical industry sponsors. Her work focuses on the policy and environmental mechanisms that influence health behaviors, particularly those related to nutrition, physical activity, and participation in health screenings and behavior change interventions to prevent or reduce obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Dr. Harris also directed the multiyear evaluation of West Virginia's childhood obesity legislation, co-directed the multiyear evaluation of West Virginia's Standards for School Nutrition, and was previously a professor of behavioral medicine and psychiatry and co-director of the Health Research Center at West Virginia University's Health Sciences Center.
Dr. Harris has extensive experience designing and implementing research and evaluation studies, developing and administering questionnaires and surveys, conducting interviews and focus groups, and disseminating research and evaluation findings. She has more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and has delivered dozens of professional presentations to national meetings.
Dr. Harris has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Florida and an M.A. in Experimental Psychology from Hollins College.