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Research Associate




PhD, Sociology, Kent State University
MA, Sociology, Kent State University
MEd, School Counseling, California University of Pennsylvania
BA, Psychology, Waynesburg University

In her role with the Health Affairs Institute, Dr. Gross provides research support to the Children’s Mental Health Evaluation, which assesses the service status, experiences, and perspectives of stakeholders within West Virginia’s children’s mental health system. She has also previously supported the COVID-19 Evaluation Project, which involved evaluating the impact of WV DHHR Bureau for Medical Services (BMS) policy changes made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Prior to her current position, Dr. Gross contributed to an array of quantitative and qualitative research studies, focusing on such issues as postpartum mental health during the transition to parenthood and Welfare-to-Work program implementation. Dr. Gross also has extensive teaching experience, having designed and taught a number of sociology and criminal justice courses. Additionally, she has professional experience within the behavioral health field, primarily in the areas of school counseling and community mental health. 

During her time with Health Affairs, Dr. Gross has specialized in policy analysis, program evaluation, and survey research, working within the broader focus areas of Medicaid services, home and community-based services, and behavioral health.  

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