Mary Culnane, PhD

Policy Scientist
(302) 831-3648

Mary Culnane is a Policy Scientist at the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy (CRESP) at the University of Delaware. She holds a master’s degree in evaluation methods and a doctoral degree with a focus on health policy program evaluation from the Biden School of Public Policy and Administration, University of Delaware. She also holds a post-graduate degree in adult primary care from the University of Pennsylvania and a program certificate in epidemiology/biostatistics from Johns Hopkins University. 

Since joining CRESP, Ms. Culnane uses her program evaluation expertise to support and lead evaluations for federal, state, and local government and non-government health and social programs. As an evaluation practitioner, Ms. Culnane works with stakeholders to help focus their evaluation needs and capitalizes on innovative designs and methods to meet those needs. Her primary research interest area includes systems research and understanding how theory can inform evaluation designs.

Before joining CRESP, Ms. Culnane served as a lead and associate investigator for public health prevention programs and clinical trials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Bangkok, Thailand, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Bethesda, Maryland. Activities included designing, implementing, analyzing, evaluating, and disseminating results from domestic and international projects, primarily focused on HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases.