Public Health Researcher and Program Evaluator Margaret Gwaltney Joins Abt Associates
...Public Health Researcher and Program Evaluator Margaret Gwaltney Joins Abt AssociatesMargaret K. Gwaltney, a researcher and project manager of evaluation and technical assistance projects, recently joined Abt Associates as a Senior Associate in the Health Service Research and Evaluation and Public Health Applications and Research practice areas.Her
experience evaluating national programs in substance abuse prevention and public health adds depth to many Abt Associates projects.
new position, Ms. Gwaltney
is working on projects that relate to public and behavioral health issues as they affect communities."In the short time that Meg
has been at Abt
, we have benefited from her
knowledge and experience as a seasoned researcher and expert in several fields.Working across two practice areas helps us strengthen our ability to expand current markets and enter new ones," said Susanna Ginsburg, the Managing Vice President of the Health Services Research and Evaluation practice. Dr. Sherry Mills, the Managing Vice President of the Public Health practice, added, "We are very pleased and excited to have Meg join our team.Her
outstanding leadership and reputation in the field will allow Abt Associates
to continue offering our clients superior consulting services in health promotion and public health training, technical assistance, and evaluation." Ms. Gwaltney comes to Abt Associates with a keen understanding of the consulting business and the company.Early in her career, Ms. Gwaltney served as a Research Associate in an Abt Associates´ Washington, D.C., office, where she worked on projects for the U.S. departments of Education and Justice.She began her professional career with the RAND Corporation in Washington, D.C.More recently, Ms. Gwaltney was Vice President at COSMOS Corporation, a social science research firm in Bethesda, Maryland, where for 13 years she directed a variety of federal contracts for clients, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, both part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.Ms. Gwaltney
also contributed to evaluation projects for the U.S.
Department of Education.
Ms. Gwaltney´s expertise includes community partnership approaches to substance abuse prevention and organizational and systems change.For the CDC, for example, Ms. Gwaltney managed a project to design an evaluation of its Prevention Research Centers Program.
One of CDC´s
largest programs, the Prevention Research Centers Program funds research centers that conduct community-based, participatory research related to chronic disease prevention and health promotion.She
also directed an evaluation of the National Center for Environmental Health´s
health effects subcommittee advisory process.The process gives community residents and others who have been potentially affected by exposures at former nuclear weapons production facilities an opportunity to advise the CDC
on public health research activities.Both of these evaluation projects involved working collaboratively with program stakeholders, including CDC
staff, researchers, leaders within state health departments, and community representatives. A graduate of Wells College with a B.A. in economics, Ms. Gwaltney earned an M.B.A. in finance from The George Washington University.Ms. Gwaltney
is the author of numerous technical reports, many of which are based on the federally supported research projects she