Ann S McAlearney, ScD

Ann McAlearney


College of Medicine


Family Medicine

Academic Title


Research Program

Cancer Control

Research Interest

Cancer ● asthma ● Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity

Ann Scheck McAlearney, ScD, MS, is a member of the Cancer Control Program at the OSUCCC – James, where her research focuses on information technology innovations in health care, cancer care improvement, population health management, reducing disparities in care, quality improvement and leadership development. In the OSU College of Medicine, Dr. McAlearney is the executive director of CATALYST, the Center for the Advancement of Team Science, Analytics and Systems Thinking in Health Services and Implementation Science Research, as well as a professor of Family Medicine. She also holds appointments as a professor of Health Services Management and Policy in the College of Public Health and professor of Biomedical Informatics and Pediatrics in the College of Medicine. She has over 30 years of health services research experience during which she has been actively involved in both performing research and disseminating research results to academic and practitioner audiences.

One of her recent studies, which included breast cancer patients, involved quality comparative analysis (QCA), a methodology that preserves the objectivity of quantitative data without losing the detail in qualitative research. It determined that QCA can highlight factors important for production of an outcome, which will yield unique benefits in health services research. Another recent study examined men’s decision-making about prostate cancer treatment options. She is an expert in both qualitative and mixed-methods analyses.

In 2017, Dr. McAlearney received a five-year, $1.89 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for a study on providing hospitals with evidence-based tools for reducing and preventing healthcare-associated infections (HAI). The grant, titled “Searching for Management Approaches to Reduce HAI Transmission (SMART),” will help Dr. McAlearney and her colleagues develop a generalizable management practice toolkit for use by hospitals and health systems nationwide.

Dr. McAlearney enjoys collaborative research projects and engaging clinicians in health service research, as well as mentoring junior faculty in their research endeavors. She has authored over 250 peer-reviewed publications, 10 books/edited books and 80 book chapters. Dr. McAlearney received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Stanford University and Harvard University’s T. H. Chan School of Public Health, respectively.


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