Angela Thrasher, PhD, MPH, Managing Associate, bridges the areas of research and practice to build organizational and community capacity to advance social and health equity. She has over 20 years of experience in directing large- and small-scale research, needs assessment, evaluation, organizational development, and technical assistance projects for philanthropic, nonprofit, and governmental organizations. Dr. Thrasher uses a range of methodologies, collecting and analyzing both qualitative and quantitative data, primarily in service of projects to improve the health of communities of color, low income, and located in rural regions. Her specialty is measurement, working with community-based organizations and multisector planning bodies to identify and use appropriate metrics for program development, monitoring, and evaluation purposes. Other areas of expertise and interest include racism as a social determinant of health, African American healthcare disparities, HIV/AIDS, aging, community engagement, and collaboration for community change. Prior to her work at Community Science, Dr. Thrasher conducted research on racial/ethnic health disparities at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine, provided capacity-building technical assistance and training to HIV/AIDS programs across the United States for the nonprofit consulting firm Mosaica, and implemented a needs assessment of African American HIV/AIDS prevention programs for Jackson State University. She also served as an intern with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and volunteered with the AmeriCorps VISTA program.
Dr. Thrasher received her M.P.H. (1997) and Ph.D. (2006) from the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Thrasher loves Hamilton the Musical and recently watched it live on Broadway!