Laura Forsythe, PhD, MPH, is the Director for the Evaluation and Analysis department at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). She is responsible for evaluating PCORI’s engagement activities and overseeing externally funded projects. She previously served as associate director.
Forsythe is experienced in conducting research on facilitating adjustment to chronic illness. Her work has examined how psychological factors, the social context, and interventions affect pain, mood, and functioning among chronic pain populations. Most recently, Forsythe was a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute. Her work there focused on the development of a more effective approach to caring for cancer survivors through the study of survivor, provider, and healthcare system influences on health and well-being after cancer.
Forsythe received a BS in biology and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and an MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University. She also earned a PhD in clinical health psychology from the University of Alabama and completed her clinical residency at the VA Maryland Healthcare System/University of Maryland School of Medicine Internship Consortium.