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Kendon Conrad

Kendon Conrad


More about Kendon Conrad

Title: Professor Emeritus

Specialization: Elder Abuse, Long Term Care, Mental Health, Substance Abuse, Measurement, and Evaluation Research Methodology






Kendon Conrad is Professor Emeritus in Health Policy and Administration. He is also the Senior Research Scientist at Chestnut Health Systems and is the co-director of Program Metrics, LLC. Dr. Conrad holds an M.A. in Literature from Northeastern Illinois University, and M.S. in Public Health and a Ph.D. in Public Policy Analysis from UIC. Prior to coming to UIC in 2004, he worked for 16 years as a Research Scientist for the Department of Veterans Affairs and was a Research Associate Professor at the Center for Health Services and Policy Research at Northwestern University. 

Dr. Conrad’s interests are in long term care, mental health, substance abuse, measurement, and evaluation research methodology. He has published over seventy papers in peer-reviewed journals and has written or edited several books. He has been principal investigator on grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the Department of Veterans Affairs, and many private foundations. He served on the first study section on health services research chartered by NIAAA. Most recently, he and Dr. Madelyn Iris have been awarded three grants from the National Institute of Justice to measure elder abuse using the Elder Abuse Decision Support System ( The system is now being field tested in Illinois. He is a member of the Public Health Honor Society Delta Omega and is on the Board of Directors of the Institute for Objective Measurement.

Professor Conrad teaches HPA 557: Measurement Theory and Practice in Health Services Research.

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