Dr. Chantell Frazier is a senior health care researcher in Altarum Institute’s Research Analytics service area of the Business Advisory Services group. She has a background in both quantitative and qualitative research and has focused much of her career on women’s health, Veterans’ health, and policy research. Dr. Frazier supports a number of projects and clients at Altarum, including the data extraction and presentation project for the Decision Support Division at the Defense Health Agency, under the U.S. Department of Defense; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) STEADI initiative aimed at improving health outcomes for older adults; and a survey assessment of knowledge, beliefs, attitudes, and practices (KBAP) of providers and patients in at-risk jurisdictions about HIV risk. In these roles, she conducts qualitative research via individual interviews and focus groups, directs survey design, and analyzes both qualitative and quantitative data to provide actionable recommendations to clients.
Before joining Altarum, Dr. Frazier was a research associate at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) in Syracuse, NY, where she advised the director of research and director of program support services on questionnaire content and design for multiple online and paper-based surveys. She also led the IVMF research brief initiative, where she consulted with social scientists, psychologists, economists, and other authors to translate recent academic research to specific implications for practice, policy, and future research. In addition to these tasks she supported the Institute by writing and editing literature reviews, institutional review board applications, and research grant proposals.
Prior to her work at IVMF, Dr. Frazier conducted research and taught courses on health policy, quantitative research methods, and social problems for students at Syracuse University. After moving to Washington, DC, Dr. Frazier led a research initiative focused on women Veterans, which included a survey and a series of national focus groups to explore their challenges and successes in transitioning to life after military service.
Dr. Frazier earned both her MA and PhD in medical sociology at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Her doctoral dissertation research examined social and structural factors as determinants of reproductive health among young women, focusing on pregnancy outcomes and sexually transmitted diseases. She also holds a bachelor of science in biology and sociology from DePaul University.