Gery Ryan, PhD

Co-Director, CHIME Analysis Core

Gery Ryan is assistant dean for academic affairs at the Pardee RAND Graduate School in Policy Analysis and a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Trained as a medical anthropologist, Ryan has conducted research on decisionmaking processes, ethnographies of health care, and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

As a methodologist, Ryan specializes in applying systemic methods to qualitative research and designing tools for formative, process, and summative evaluations. He has taught graduate courses in advanced ethnographic methods and text analysis at UCLA, RAND, and the University of Missouri; has run qualitative workshops sponsored by NSF, NIH, CDC and WHO; and has published widely on qualitative methods. He has over 20 years of experience conducting and analyzing qualitative data and running methods seminars in the United States and abroad.

Ryan’s work and collaboration with others cuts across mental and physical health and he has done research on HIV/AIDS, depression, serious mental illness, childhood diarrhea and acute respiratory illnesses, obesity and complementary and alternative medicine to name a few areas. He has worked extensively in Latin America and Africa on health-related issues and helped redesign and implement a large-scale education reform in Qatar. In addition to his administrative duties at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, he teaches courses in policy analysis and methods and mentors graduate students. He holds and M.A. and Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida.