Garrett E. Moran, Ph.D., serves as the Project Director of the AHRQ Academy. He is a Westat Vice President and Associate Director with nearly 40 years of experience in public policy, program evaluation, research, and management. His recent responsibilities have included key leadership roles on projects for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (OASPE), and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. His major areas of substantive expertise include public policy, health care financing, integrated health care delivery, health care reform, health information technology, and program evaluation.
From 1993 to 1996, Dr. Moran served as Deputy Commissioner, then Commissioner for Community Support, in the cabinet of the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources for the State of West Virginia. In this role, he guided public policy related to people with mental or substance use disorders, people with developmental disabilities, and older adults. Dr. Moran has extensive experience in combining quantitative and qualitative research methods and has a particular interest in policy analysis and program evaluation, facilitated by his knowledge of State and local service delivery systems and the realities of implementing complex programs. He has managed multiyear, multimillion dollar studies with as many as 10 subcontractors, as well as a government organization with more than 2,400 employees.
Dr. Moran is also a clinical psychologist, whose early career included several years of direct clinical work with people with behavioral health disorders. He has served as a consultant on health issues to governments in the United States and abroad.