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Debora Goetz Goldberg, PhD, MHA, MBA

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Dr. Goldberg is an Associate Professor at George Mason University in the Department of Health Administration and Policy. She is a mixed methods researcher with an emphasis on survey and qualitative research methodologies. Her research focuses on primary care practice transformation, patient experience, and care for the underserved. Her teaching experience includes courses on the US health care system, change management and leadership, evaluation and outcomes research methodology, and qualitative research methods. Before entering academia she worked in healthcare management consulting serving commercial and government clients such as Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Department of Veteran Affairs, and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She is also proud to be a returned Peace Corps volunteer (’95-’97) who worked with the Ministry of Health in Guyana as a National Health Planner. 

University Service

  • Member, GMU MHA and PhD in Health Policy Committees, 2015-ongoing 
  • Co-Director, GWU Health Policy MPH Practicum, 2011-2014
  • Member, GWU Department of Health Policy Research Committee 2010, 2011
  • Member, GWU Department of Health Policy Faculty Affairs Committee 2011

Community Service

  • Peer Reviewer – Journals: Annals of Internal Medicine, Health Services Research Journal, Health Affairs, Medical Care, Annals of Family Medicine, Qualitative Health Research, AcademyHealth's EDM Forum eGEMs, Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, The American Journal of Managed Care, Journal of Health Organization and Management, BMJ Open, BMC Family Practice 

  • Member, Board of Directors, MetroTeen AIDs, Washington, D.C., 2003-2005

  • International health development volunteer, Health for Humanity, Wilmette, IL, 1998-2006

  • United States Peace Corps Volunteer, 1995-1997


PhD, Health Related Services with Concentration in Healthcare Organizations, Virginia Commonwealth University (2008)

MHA, Health Administration, Xavier University (1993)

MBA, , Xavier University (1992)

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Research Interests

  • Primary Care
  • Women’s Health
  • Organizational Research
  • Patient Experience
  • Qualitative Research
  • Survey Research
  • Patient-Centered Medical Home


Talib, Z., Jewers, M.,  Strasser, J., Popiel, D.,  Goldberg, D.,  Chen, C.,  Kepley, H.,  Mullan, F.  Regenstein, M. (2017). Primary Care Residents in Teaching Health Centers: Intentions to Practice in Underserved Settings after Residency Training. Academic Medicine. Published Ahead of Print.

Goldberg, D.G., Sahgal, B., Beeson, T., Wood, S.F., Mead, H., Abdul-Wakil, A., Stevens, H., Rui, P., and Rosenbaum, S. (2017). Patient perspectives on quality family planning services in underserved areas. Patient Experience Journal, 4, 1, 7.

Grantham, S., Goldberg, D.G., and Infeld, D.L. (2017). Dual Eligibles' Experience of Care with North Carolina's Patient-Centered Medical Home. Popul Health Manag, 20, 4, 287-293.

Mead, K., Brantly, E. Zur, J., Goldberg, D.G. (2016). Collaboration across the Safety Net in the Era of Health Reform: Opportunities or Obstacles? Medical Care Research and Review, 1-25. 

Beeson, T., Mead, K., Wood, S., Goldberg, D.G, Shin, P., and Rosenbaum, S. (2016). Privacy and Confidentiality Practices Supporting Adolescent Family Planning Care in Federally Qualified Health Centers. Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, 48, 1, 17-24.  

Goldberg, D.G., Feng, L. and Kuzel A. J., (2016). The Role of Primary Care Practices in Advancing Population Health. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 39, 1, 87-94. 

McClelland, M., Lazar, D., Wolfe, L., Goldberg, D.G., Zocchi, M., Twesten, J., and Pines, J. M. (2015). The Hospital Culture of Transitions in Care: Survey Development. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 30, 4, E1-8.

Mead, H., Beeson, T., Wood, S., Goldberg, D.G., Shin, P., and Rosenbaum, S. (2015). Adolescent Family Planning Services Delivered in Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Journal of Adolescent Health, 57, 1, 87–93. 

Goldberg, D.G., Wood, S., Johnson, K., Mead, H., Beeson, T., Lewis, J., and Rosenbaum, S. (2015).  The Organization and Delivery of Family Planning Services in Community Health Centers. Women’s Health Issues, 25, 3, 202-208. 

Goldberg, D.G. and Kuzel, A.J. (2014). Progress and implementation of team-based care in the United States. BMC Health Services Research, 14, Suppl 2, p. 46. 

Wood, S., Beeson, T., Bruen, B., Goldberg, D.G., Mead, H., Shin, P., and Rosenbaum, S. (2014). Scope of family planning services available in Federally-Qualified Health Centers. Contraception, 89, 2, 85-90. 

Beeson, T., Wood, S., Bruen, B., Goldberg, D.G., Mead, H., Rosenbaum, S. (2014). Accessibility of Long Acting Reversible Contraceptives (LARC) in Federally-Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Contraception, 89, 2, 91-6.

Goldberg D. G., Beeson T., Kuzel A. J., Love L. E., Carver M. C. (2013). Team-based care: A critical element of primary care practice transformation. Popul Health Manag, 16, 3, 150-6.

Goldberg D. G., Skidmore, S. (2013). Emergency Preparedness at McLean Memorial Hospital. Online Journal of International Case Study Analysis, 4, 1. 

Goldberg, D. G., Mick, S. S., Kuzel, A. J., Feng, L. B. and Love, L. E. (2013). Why Do Some Primary Care Practices Engage in Practice Improvement Efforts Whereas Others Do Not?  Health Services Research, 48, 2pt1, 398–416.

Goldberg, D.G., Kuzel, A, Feng, L. DeShazo, J., and Love, L. (2012). Electronic Health Records in Primary Care Practices: Benefits, Challenges, and Successful Strategies. American Journal of Managed Care, 18, 2, e48-e54.

Goldberg, D.G. (2012). Primary care in the United States: Practice-based innovations and factors that influence adoption, Journal of Health Organization and Management, 26, 1, 81-97.

Goldberg, D.G., Clement, D. and Cotter, J. (2011). Development and Assessment of an Interdisciplinary PhD Program Offered through a Blended Learning Environment, Journal of Allied Health, 40, 3, 137-142.

Dugan, D., Scholle, S., Mick, S.S, Steidle, E., Goldberg, D.G. (2011). The Relationship between Organizational Culture and Practice Systems in Primary Care, Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 34, 1, 47–56.

Goldberg, D.G. and Mick, S.S. (2010). Medical home infrastructure: Effect of the environment and practice characteristics on adoption in Virginia. Medical Care Research and Review, 4, 431-49.

Goldberg D.G. and Kuzel A.J. (2009). Elements of the patient-centered medical home in family practices in Virginia, Annals of Family Medicine, 7, 4, 301-308.

O'Toole, B.J., McConkey, R., Casson, K., Goetz-Goldberg, D., Yazdani, A. (2007). Knowledge and attitudes of young people in Guyana to HIV/AIDS, International Journal of STD & AIDS, 18, 3, 193-197.


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), subcontract with Virginia Commonwealth University. EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health in Primary Care, Heart of Virginia Healthcare. Goldberg, D.G. (principal investigator), $414,755 May 2017 to May 2018.

George Mason University, Summer Research Funding. Identifying Factors of Successful Cross-Sector Collaborations to Improve Population Health. Goldberg, D.G. (principal investigator) $5,000 Summer 2016.

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. Evaluation of Patient Centered Medical Home Model. Nichols, L. (PI), Gimm, G., Cuellar, A., Goldberg, D.G., $5,400,000 January 2016 – 2018.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Teaching Health Center Evaluation, Chen, C. (PI), Regenstein, M. Mullen, F. Goldberg, D.G., $2,400,000 October 2012 to September 2017.

Anonymous Donor. Family Planning and Reproductive Health Services in Community Health Centers, Rosenbaum, S. (PI), Wood, S. (PI), Goldberg, D.G., Mead, H. Beeson, T. $1,750,000 September 2010 to April 2015.

Kaiser Family Foundation. Response of Safety Net Organizations to Affordable Care Act, Mead, H. (PI) Goldberg, D.G., $200,000. August 2013 – April 2015.

Office on Women’s Health, DHHS. Healthy Weight in Lesbian and Bisexual Women: Striving for a Healthy Community, Wood, S. (PI), Mauery, R. Goldberg, D.G., and Mead, H. $80,000, 2012 – 2014.

AHRQ. An In-Depth Examination of Performance Driven Primary Care Practices, Goldberg, D.G. (principal investigator), Kuzel, A. Mick, S. Pickler, R. $235,061 R01HS018422    September 2009 to September 2011.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)/Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). Study of Methods to Create Incentives to Improve Quality in Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics and Free Clinics, Ku, L. (PI), Goldberg, D.G., Cunningham, M. Darnell, J. July 2010 to July 2011.

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Hospital Preparedness Comparison Study, Neiley, B. and Goldberg, D.G., $15,000, Booz Allen Hamilton (prime contractor), GS-23F-9806H/101-J67254, Mod. 1, October 2006 to March 2007.

VA. All Hazards Hospital Preparedness Assessment, Goldberg, D.G. (lead investigator until entry into a full-time Ph.D. program in July 2004, then functioned as a project analyst), Neiley, B., Skidmore, S. $350,000, Booz Allen Hamilton (prime contractor), GS-23F-9806H/101-J67254, 2004–2006.

AHRQ. Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Hospital Readiness Assessment, Neiley, B., Skidmore, S, Goldberg, D.G. $650,000, Booz Allen Hamilton (prime contractor), HHSA290200500005C, 2004-2005.

VA. Program Evaluation and Clinical Outcome Study of Rehabilitation Services and Prosthetics and Sensory Aids, Goldberg, D.G. (lead investigator), Booz Allen Hamilton (prime contractor) and Northwestern University $1,600,000, V101 (93) P1445, 41, 2001-2003.

Varqa Foundation. Assessment of Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of HIV/AIDS of Youth in Guyana, O’Toole, B. (PI), (Goldberg) Goetz, D. C. (Booz Allen lead investigator), funded by UNICEF and private donations, Booz Allen Hamilton pro bono engagement, March – December, 2003.

CMS. Customer Satisfaction and Performance Evaluation Study, (Goldberg) Goetz, D.C. (lead investigator), Austin, L. and Ibbott, K., $625,000, Booz Allen Hamilton (prime contractor), 500-97-0437, 2000-2002.

HRSA Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC). Organizational and Staffing Analysis, Austin, L. (PI), Garner, A., and (Goldberg) Goetz, D.C., $275,000, Booz Allen Hamilton (prime contractor) GS-23F-9755H, 2000.

Veterans Health Administration. Rehabilitation Services and Prosthetics and Sensory Aids Efficiency and Effectiveness Study, (Goldberg) Goetz, D.C. (lead investigator), Linney, M. and Truitt, D., $495,000, Booz Allen Hamilton (prime contractor), V101 (93) P1445, 26, April – December, 1999. 

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