Sherrie-Wain Aitkens, Ph.D.

Dr. Sherrie Aitken-Wain leads our team of social scientists, epidemiologists, survey researchers, program evaluators, and health professionals to design and conduct complex and scientific research, business and operational analyses, program evaluation, and policy analyses. 

She is a nationally recognized authority in the management, development, implementation, and evaluation of high-profile health prevention programs focused on youth, families, and communities and has served as an expert witness, speaker, and lecturer for congressional committees, high-level government officials, industry decision makers, and scientific organizations. She has an exhaustive array of technical experience in conducting and leading feasibility, pilot, and evaluation studies on multiple administrative levels and is well known for integrating quantitative and qualitative data collection and analyses to support robust and defensible results. 

Before joining Cygnus, Dr. Aitken-Wain served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of CSR, Inc., which she helped to found in 1978. During her 35 years with CSR, Dr. Aitken-Wain led more than 300 projects for the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Education, Justice, and Transportation, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the National Science Foundation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, and several state and local government agencies. 

Dr. Aitken-Wain is a strong methodologist who has applied her design skills to a broad range of programs including high-risk youth drug prevention, student drug testing initiatives, major drug enforcement task force programs, programs focused on health disparities and community collaboration, and programs focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect, children in foster care, and high-risk youth separated from their families. 

She assessed the feasibility of evaluating a drug abuse surveillance system for Native Americans residing on several Indian reservations and Indian Health Service population areas. Her data analysis skills are demonstrated by more than 25 years of experience overseeing the management of the Alcohol Epidemiologic Data System for the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. She also worked closely with Agency and Office of Management and Budget officials to defend the design and launch of large data collection efforts in support of program evaluation. 

Dr. Aitken-Wain earned her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy Research from the George Washington University and her M.P.A. in Public Administration and Organizational Theory from the American University. 


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