Ms. Bernichon (M.P.H., Health Promotion, The George Washington University), has 17 years of experience conducting social science research and program evaluation on a broad range of topics. She has a background in psychology and public health with an emphasis on research methodology and has applied her research and evaluation skills on projects for federal agencies including: CMS, CDC, SAMHSA, NIH, HRSA, and AHRQ. Ms. Bernichon has played key roles on multi-site evaluations including evaluations of: The Safe Schools and Healthy Students Initiative; an Infant Adoption Awareness Training Program; CDC’s Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention’ Best Practices Initiatives; and a community involvement protocol (PACE EH) designed to assist local public health agencies in identifying and prioritizing environmental health issues. Ms. Bernichon also contributed to a cross-site evaluation of CSAT’s Residential Women with Children and Pregnant/Post-Partum Women Program. For this evaluation, she conducted a literature review and contributed to an analysis of the impact of social support on substance abuse treatment outcomes for women; the results were published in Evaluation and Program Planning and were presented at annual meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Evaluation Association. Ms. Bernichon has also worked with CDC to develop an evaluation tool kit and training materials for TB control programs and helped develop logic models and other evaluation resources on a project to assist CDC and its state grantees in conducting meaningful evaluations of their asthma programs.
Ms. Bernichon has skills and experience in quantitative research methods as well as qualitative data collection and analysis. She is experienced in database development, data management, and data analysis. She has conducted literature reviews, developed document abstraction forms and databases, and abstracted documents on several research and evaluation projects including a meta-analysis of the effectiveness of women’s substance abuse treatment programs; and a study, Links among Different Forms of Adolescent Violence, which was cited in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services publication Performance Improvement in a chapter highlighting outstanding federally sponsored evaluations. Ms. Bernichon has formal training and experience in conducting focus groups, in-person interviews, and qualitative data analysis. She has developed focus group and site visit interview guides and used QSR NVIVO to analyze the qualitative data. She has developed and pilot tested survey instruments, including conducting cognitive interviews, and analyzed survey data.
Ms. Bernichon has additional content area expertise in the areas of maternal and child health, violence prevention, obesity, the built environment, tobacco, injury prevention, comparative effectiveness research, health care system/provider research, and health communication. Ms. Bernichon is particularly interested in public health advocacy and interventions and policies to promote health.
Bernichon, T. (2018, February). Medicare-Medicaid Plans: Compliance with Plan Denial Decision Letter Regulations. Poster at the AcademyHealth National Health Policy Conference, Washington, DC.