Sharon M. McGroder
Sharon McGroder is a senior researcher with varied experience in projects that include healthy marriage and fatherhood programs, early childhood education, and teen pregnancy prevention.
McGroder is currently the principal investigator for a project for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, which aims to identify innovative ways to characterize subgroups of men who may respond differently to fatherhood programs. For the Parents and Children Together (PACT) evaluation, she is leading the task to assess, recommend, and monitor evaluation sites and is involved in the implementation study. As principal investigator for the Harlem Children’s Zone evaluation, McGroder helped design and implement a study of child and program outcomes, including parental involvement and children’s transitions.
Before joining Mathematica in 2011, McGroder was a private consultant providing research and technical assistance services to various clients. She served as a senior scientist at the Lewin Group and as a senior research associate and assistant director for the welfare and poverty area for Child Trends, Inc. She was an adjunct professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and an instructor at Pennsylvania State University. She also served as a senior policy analyst for DHHS, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.
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McGroder, widely published in peer-reviewed publications, is a member of the National Council on Family Relations, the Society for Prevention Research, and the American Evaluation Association. She holds a Ph.D. in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University and an M.S. in public policy analysis from the University of Rochester.
- Areas of Expertise
- Key Projects
- Professional Activities
- Healthy marriage and fatherhood programs
- Early childhood education
- Teen pregnancy prevention
- Inside the Black Box of Program Impacts
- Parent and Children Together (PACT) Evaluation
- Member of the National Council on Family Relations, the Society for Prevention Research, and the American Evaluation Association