Dr. Leanne Clark-Shirley

Dr. Clark-Shirley (Ph.D., Gerontology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County) is gerontologist and Senior Research Associate with IMPAQ International, bringing more than 12 years of experience with health, aging, and long-term care policy research.  She has served on multidisciplinary health services research teams for a number of state and federally-funded projects focusing on quality of care, home and community based services, and consumer direction.  Her skillset includes qualitative research design and analysis, evaluation design, and quality indicator development. 

Dr. Clark-Shirley is project manager of a contract with FEi Systems, supporting the design and implementation of a continuous quality improvement process and data collection plan for the state of Mississippi Division of Medicaid. At IMPAQ, she has also worked on AHRQ-sponsored projects to design comprehensive process and impact evaluations of home and community based programs administered by the Administration on Aging, and was a member of the national Aging & Disability Resource Center evaluation team, contracted by the Administration for Community Living.  She worked extensively on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid-funded National Balancing Indicator Contractor, which developed a set of national indicators to measure states’ progress in implementing person-centered, balanced LTSS. 

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Clark-Shirley was a research faculty member at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Center on Aging.  While there she served as project manager and task lead on a state contract to evaluate and reengineer Hawaii’s Adult Protective Services Program, and was a member of the consulting team to the Honolulu as an Age-Friendly City initiative.  She also spent five years at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) conducting, analyzing, and reporting results of in-depth ethnographic interviews with directors, staff, residents, and family members of assisted living residences in the state of Maryland.  Funded by the National Institute of Aging, these large-scale qualitative projects focused on transitions into and out of AL, quality of care issues, and quality of life. 

Dr. Clark-Shirley has published and presented findings from these and other studies in an array of national venues. 

IMPAQ Papers and Presentations

Clark-Shirley, L. (2017, May). National Perspectives on the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP). Presentation at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting, San Antonio, TX.

Varghese, R. & Clark-Shirley, L. (2015, November). Partnerships of ADRCs: Findings from the National ADRC StudyPresentation at the Gerontological Society of America Annual Scientific Meeting, Orlando, FL.