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Health Systems, Managment & Policy


Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, CPH

Associate Dean & Associate Professor


morrato_2013.jpgElaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, CPH, has 25 years of experience in health services research, with a focus on the clinical translation of pharmaceutical innovation and policy. Trained as an epidemiologist, she is board certified in public health. She uses her professional experience as a marketing and product development manager at a global healthcare company to inform her translational research and public health practice. Dr. Morrato is the Collaborative Scientific Lead for an AHRQ Center of Excellence in Research in Implementation Science and Prevention and the Director of Practical Trials and Implementation Research for the Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute.  She has been a scientific reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and has been a member on two advisory committees: Pulmonary-Allergy drugs (2014-2018) and Drug Safety and Risk Magagement (2009-2013).  Dr. Morrato is also the Associate Dean for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health. ​

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Research Interests:
  • Health outcomes 
  • Healthcare dissemination and implementation
  • Drug safety
  • Risk management
  • Mental health services
Courses Taught:
  • Health Policy (HSMP 6605)
  • Introduction to Health Policy Analysis and Communication (HSMP 6616)
  • Data-Driven Quality Improvement (syllabus pending)
Current Research:
  • NIH/NCATS:  Colorado Clinical & Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) (10/01/2013 - 09/30/2018) 
  • NCI/NIH: Problem-Solving Skills Training for Clinicians Providing Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Oncology (04/15/2015-03/31/2020)

  • AHRQ: Implementation Research Agenda: Approriate Use of Clinical Preventive Services (11/15/2014-11/14/2015)

  • AHRQ: Methods Training in Patient-Centered Cancer Outcomes Research (06/01/2014-05/31/2019)

  • AHRQ: Maximizing Care Management Effectiveness in Primary Care (08/01/2014-01/31/2017)

  • NIMH: Metabolic Screening: Prioritizing Implementation Strategies for Mental Health (12/01/2012-11/30/2015)

  • Purdue University, Indiana, BS, Biology, Biochemistry, 1988
  • The Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, MPH, Epidemiology, 2003
  • The Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, DrPH, Epidemiology, 2006
  • Board Certification in Public Health, National Board of Public Health Examiners, 2008
  • Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Executive Certificate, Marketing and Sales Management, 2012
  • President's Excellence in Teaching Award (2012)

  • AHRQ career development award on “Accelerating the Diffusion of Comparative Effectiveness Evidence into Clinical Practice”

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