Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

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photo Megan E Hamm, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Director of Qualitative, Evaluation, and Stakeholder Engagement Research Services (Qual EASE)


Phone: 412-647-0280

Office: 306 Parkvale Building
200 Meyran Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: 412-647-0280
Education and Training
PhD, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
BA, University of Pittsburgh, 2003
Research Interest
As a Qualitative Methodologist, I specialize in the collection and analysis of interview, focus group, and observational data. My background in Anthropology is in gender and sexuality, with a focus on sex worker activism in South Asia; as such, I have expertise in collecting data on sensitive and emotionally difficult subjects, which translates well into qualitative data collection in the medical context, particularly with patients suffering social stigma and emotional trauma from their illnesses. As Director of Qualitative, Evaluation, and Stakeholder Engagement Services, I have participated in more than 40 research projects about an array of different topics that frequently fall under one of the following general topics: evaluation of medical educational programming, the formative evaluation of behavioral and programmatic interventions, provider communication, the adoption of new health technologies, sexuality and reproductive health, pain management, substance use in pregnancy, and stakeholder engagement.
Educational Interest
I currently co-teach Qualitative Research Methods in the Institute for Clinical Research Education, and am planning additional educational resources in Qualitative Methodology within that program. I also work individually with Residents and Fellows conducting qualitative research for the first time to ensure quality in their data collection and to mentor them through qualitative analysis.
Selected Publications:
Rief, J.J., Hamm, M.E., Zickmund, S.L., Nikolajski, C., Lesky, D., Hess, R., Fischer, G.S., Weimer, M., Clark, S., Zieth, C., Roberts, M.S. Using Health Information Technology to Foster Engagement: Patients' Experiences with an Active Patient Health Record. Health Communication. 2017; 32(3): 310-319.
Morrison, P., Macia, L., Hamm, M., McCarthy, R., Rak, K. Bridging the Gap between anthropology and health services research. Practicing Anthropology. 2016; 38(2): 18-21.
Hamm, M., Williams, K., Nikolajski, C., Celedonia, K., Frank, E., Swartz, H., Zickmund, S., Stein, B.D. Planning to Implement an Evidence-based Psychotherapy: Perspectives of Community Mental Health Clinicians and Administrators. Psychiatric Services. 2015; 66(10): 1109-1112.
Krall, J., Gabbay, R., Zickmund, S., Hamm, M.E., Williams, K.R., Siminerio, L. Current perspectives on psychological insulin resistance: primary care provider and patient views. Diabetes Technology and Therapeutics. 2015; 17(4): 268-74.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Adaptation and Pilot Testing of a Mindfulness-Based Behavioral Intervention for Older Women with Low Sexual Desire
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Aging
Grant Number: K23 AG052628
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2022
Title: Family Members as Partners in Reducing Patient Violence
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Mental Health
Grant Number: R21 MH111803
Start Year: 2017
End Year: 2019
Title: University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Workplace Development)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Grant Number: UL1 TR001857
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021
Title: Optimizing Outcomes of Treatment-Resistant Depression Older Adults (AKA: OPTIMUM)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Washington University
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2021
Title: Glucose to Goal: A Model to Support Diabetes Management in Primary Care
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, & Kidney Disease
Grant Number: R34 DK106684
Start Year: 2016
End Year: 2018
Title: Leading Emerging and Diverse Scientists to Success (LEADS)
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of General Medical Science
Grant Number: R25 GM116740
Start Year: 2015
End Year: 2020
Title: Investigating Racial Differences in Low-Income Men's Fertility Intentions and Behavior
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development
Grant Number: R21 HD076327
Start Year: 2014
End Year: 2016