Denese Neu, PhD, MS, is an Engagement Officer at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In this role, she helps manage the organization's research portfolio, and supports PCORI-funded research teams with their patient and stakeholder engagement activities and promotes engagement in health research.
Before joining PCORI, Neu acquired significant experience with public-private partnerships focused on health, human services, and community development. This experience included an array of populations, health topics, and roles. From 2002 to 2014, she was a consultant with clients ranging from community-based organizations to the US Treasury Department. In 2014, she became director for a new initiative at the DeBruce Foundation, where she designed community engagement activities for innovative programs. During this time, she served as a stakeholder merit reviewer for PCORI.
Neu has undergraduate degrees in social sciences and public administration. She earned her MS and PhD in urban studies at the University of New Orleans and is a scholar alumna of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.