Laura Forsythe, PhD, MPH, is Director, Evaluation and Analysis, at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In this role, she leads a team that helps PCORI and its stakeholders assess the organization’s progress and make informed decisions about PCORI’s approach to funding research. Her work focuses on understanding how and how well PCORI’s approach, particularly the meaningful engagement of patients and other healthcare stakeholders throughout the research process, produces high-impact research.
Forsythe is a clinical health psychologist 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. She previously was a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute, where her work 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 wellbeing after cancer.
Forsythe earned 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 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.