Gery W. Ryan

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Senior Behavioral Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. and M.A. in cultural anthropology, University of Florida

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Gery Ryan is assistant dean for academic affairs at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has done extensive fieldwork in Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and the United States. Trained as a medical anthropologist, Ryan has conducted research on decisionmaking processes, ethnographies of health care, and the integration of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Ryan specializes in applying systemic methods to qualitative research and designing tools for formative, process, and summative evaluations. He has worked on a range of physical and mental health issues including HIV/AIDS, depression, childhood diarrhea, acute respiratory illnesses, and obesity. Of late, he has turned his methodological expertise toward the evaluation of complex delivery systems in health and education: Examples include a process evaluation of a medical research foundation's attempts to create a collaborative research model; a summative evaluation of the barriers encountered when complementary and alternative medicines were integrated into a large tertiary medical care facility; the design of a national network to involve 40,000–80,000 community-based providers in clinical research; and a formative and process evaluation of the K–12 education system in Qatar. Ryan has also conducted a multicountry process evaluation of how health care organizations in Africa deliver HIV/AIDS treatment and how they might overcome the many barriers associated with scaling up such programs. He is also involved in a capacity-building project in Uganda to train social scientists to conduct HIV/AIDS research. Ryan received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of Florida.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluating education in Qatar
  • HIV/AIDS treatment scale-up in sub-Saharan Africa
  • Complementary and alternative medicine in a hospital setting
  • Social networks and sexual risk among homeless women and youth

Selected Publications

Dominic J. Brewer et al., Education for a New Era: Design and Implementation of K-12 Education Reform in Qatar, RAND Corporation (MG-548), 2007

A. F. Hsiao et al., "Variations in Provider Conceptions of Integrative Medicine," Social Science and Medicine, 2006

G. W. Ryan and G. J. Wagner, "Pill Taking 'Routinization': A Critical Factor to Understanding Episodic Medication Adherence," AIDS Care, 15(6), 2003

Gery W. Ryan and H. Russell Bernard, "Techniques to Identify Themes," Field Methods, 15(1), 2003

Norman K. Denzin, Yvonna S. Lincoln, Gery W. Ryan and H. Russell Bernard, Data Management and Analysis Methods; Handbook of Qualitative Research, 2nd ed., Sage Publications, 2000