Gery Ryan, Ph.D.

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Dr. Ryan is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. He specializes in applying systematic methods to qualitative research, and designing tools to evaluate attitudes and beliefs about health and education topics. Dr. Ryan received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Florida. Dr. Ryan has taught graduate courses in advanced ethnographic methods and text analysis, and has run qualitative workshops sponsored by the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has over 10 years experience conducting and analyzing focus group and semi-structured interviews and running methods seminars in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Africa. Dr. Ryan was a co-editor of Cultural Anthropology Methods Journal (1993-1998) and is currently on the editorial boards of Field Methods and Journal of Public Policy & Marketing. At RAND, he has worked on large projects that examine linkages (or lack of linkages) within and between healthcare organizations. These include two NIMH-funded projects that examine networks of care among mental health and physical health providers for people with HIV/AIDS and serious mental illness; and an NCCAM-funded project that uses a multi-stakeholder analysis of how a center for complementary medicine has integrated into a Los Angeles medical center.

Work Titles and Affiliation
RAND Director, RAND Summer Associates Program Senior Research Scientist, RAND
UCLA Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Assistant Adjunct Professor, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Ph.D., University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1990 - 1995
M.A., University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1987 - 1990
B.A., Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1983 - 1987

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Ngo Victoria K, Wagner Glenn J, Huynh Alexis, Ryan Gery, Musisi Seggane   A Qualitative Analysis of the Effects of Depression and Antidepressants on Physical and Work Functioning among Antiretroviral Therapy Clients in Uganda Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care, 2013; 158(5 Pt 2): .
Shekelle Paul G, Pronovost Peter J, Wachter Robert M, McDonald Kathryn M, Schoelles Karen, Dy Sydney M, Shojania Kaveh, Reston James T, Adams Alyce S, Angood Peter B, Bates David W, Bickman Leonard, Carayon Pascale, Donaldson Liam, Duan Naihua, Farley Donna O, Greenhalgh Trisha, Haughom John L, Lake Eileen, Lilford Richard, Lohr Kathleen N, Meyer Gregg S, Miller Marlene R, Neuhauser Duncan V, Ryan Gery, Saint Sanjay, Shortell Stephen M, Stevens David P, Walshe Kieran   The top patient safety strategies that can be encouraged for adoption now Annals of internal medicine, 2013; 158(5 Pt 2): 365-8.
Bergman Jonathan, Lorenz Karl A, Acquah-Asare Sadie, Scales Charles D, Ryan Gery, Saigal Christopher S, Bennett Carol J, Litwin Mark S   Urologist Attitudes Toward End-of-life Care Urology, 2013; .
Lesser Lenard I, Hunnes Dana E, Reyes Phedellee, Arab Lenore, Ryan Gery W, Brook Robert H, Cohen Deborah A   Assessment of food offerings and marketing strategies in the food-service venues at California Children's Hospitals Academic pediatrics, 2012; 12(1): 62-7.
Green Harold D, Tucker Joan S, Wenzel Suzanne L, Golinelli Daniela, Kennedy David P, Ryan Gery W, Zhou Annie J   Association of childhood abuse with homeless women's social networks Child abuse & neglect, 2012; 36(1): 21-31.
Magasi Susan, Ryan Gery, Revicki Dennis, Lenderking William, Hays Ron D, Brod Meryl, Snyder Claire, Boers Maarten, Cella David   Content validity of patient-reported outcome measures: perspectives from a PROMIS meeting Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation, 2012; 21(5): 739-46.
Walker Kara Odom, Clarke Robin, Ryan Gery, Brown Arleen F   Effect of closure of a local safety-net hospital on primary care physicians' perceptions of their role in patient care Annals of family medicine, 2012; 9(6): 496-503.
Vaingankar Janhavi Ajit, Subramaniam Mythily, Subramaiam Mythily, Lim Yee Wei, Sherbourne Cathy, Luo Nan, Ryan Gery, Phua Amy, Shahwan Shazana, Kwok Kian Woon, Brown Julie, Bradley Melissa, Edelen Maria Orlando, Chong Siow Ann   From well-being to positive mental health: conceptualization and qualitative development of an instrument in Singapore Quality of life research : an international journal of quality of life aspects of treatment, care and rehabilitation, 2012; 21(10): 1785-94.
Baig Arshiya A, Ryan Gery W, Rodriguez Michael A   Provider barriers and facilitators to screening for intimate partner violence in Bogotá, Colombia Health care for women international, 2012; 33(3): 250-61.
Brown Ryan A, Kennedy David P, Tucker Joan S, Wenzel Suzanne L, Golinelli Daniela, Wertheimer Samuel R, Ryan Gery W   Sex and relationships on the street: how homeless men judge partner risk on Skid Row AIDS and behavior, 2012; 16(3): 774-84.
Tucker Joan S, Ryan Gery W, Golinelli Daniela, Ewing Brett, Wenzel Suzanne L, Kennedy David P, Green Harold D, Zhou Annie   Substance use and other risk factors for unprotected sex: results from an event-based study of homeless youth AIDS and behavior, 2012; 16(6): 1699-707.
Shekelle Paul G, Pronovost Peter J, Wachter Robert M, Taylor Stephanie L, Dy Sydney M, Foy Robbie, Hempel Susanne, McDonald Kathryn M, Ovretveit John, Rubenstein Lisa V, Adams Alyce S, Angood Peter B, Bates David W, Bickman Leonard, Carayon Pascale, Donaldson Liam, Duan Naihua, Farley Donna O, Greenhalgh Trisha, Haughom John, Lake Eileen T, Lilford Richard, Lohr Kathleen N, Meyer Gregg S, Miller Marlene R, Neuhauser Duncan V, Ryan Gery, Saint Sanjay, Shojania Kaveh G, Shortell Stephen M, Stevens David P, Walshe Kieran   Advancing the science of patient safety Annals of internal medicine, 2011; 154(10): 693-6.
Kahn Katherine, Ryan Gery, Beckett Megan, Taylor Stephanie, Berrebi Claude, Cho Michelle, Quiter Elaine, Fremont Allen, Pincus Harold   Bridging the gap between basic science and clinical practice: a role for community clinicians Implementation science : IS, 2011; 6(3): 34.
Beckett Megan, Quiter Elaine, Ryan Gery, Berrebi Claude, Taylor Stephanie, Cho Michelle, Pincus Harold, Kahn Katherine   Bridging the gap between basic science and clinical practice: the role of organizations in addressing clinician barriers Implementation science : IS, 2011; 6(3): 35.
Baldwin Susie B, Eisenman David P, Sayles Jennifer N, Ryan Gery, Chuang Kenneth S   Identification of human trafficking victims in health care settings Health and human rights, 2011; 13(1): E36-49.
Martino Steven C, Tucker Joan S, Ryan Gery, Wenzel Suzanne L, Golinelli Daniela, Munjas Brett   Increased substance use and risky sexual behavior among migratory homeless youth: exploring the role of social network composition Journal of youth and adolescence, 2011; 40(12): 1634-48.
Chiong-Rivero Horacio, Ryan Gery W, Flippen Charles, Bordelon Yvette, Szumski Nicholas R, Zesiewicz Theresa A, Vassar Stefanie, Weidmer Beverly, García Rosa Elena, Bradley Melissa, Vickrey Barbara G   Patients' and caregivers' experiences of the impact of Parkinson's disease on health status Patient related outcome measures, 2011; 2011(2): 57-70.
Ryan Gery, Berrebi Claude, Beckett Megan, Taylor Stephanie, Quiter Elaine, Cho Michelle, Pincus Harold, Kahn Katherine   Reengineering the clinical research enterprise to involve more community clinicians Implementation science : IS, 2011; 6(3): 36.
Nelson Bergen B, Chung Paul J, DuPlessis Helen M, Flores Lilia, Ryan Gery W, Kataoka Sheryl H   Strengthening families of children with developmental concerns: parent perceptions of developmental screening and services in Head Start Ethnicity & disease, 2011; 21(3 Suppl 1): S1-89-93.
Vaughan Christine, Wagner Glenn, Miyashiro Lisa, Ryan Gery, Scott James D   The Role of the Home Environment and Routinization in ART Adherence Journal of the International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care (Chicago, Ill. : 2002), 2011; 10(3): 176-82.
Wagner Glenn J, Holloway Ian, Ghosh-Dastidar Bonnie, Ryan Gery, Kityo Cissy, Mugyenyi Peter   Factors associated with condom use among HIV clients in stable relationships with partners at varying risk for HIV in Uganda AIDS and behavior, 2010; 14(5): 1055-65.
Tucker Joan S, Wenzel Suzanne L, Golinelli Daniela, Ryan Gery, Zhou Annie, Beckman Robin, Kennedy David P, Green Harold D   Is substance use a barrier to protected sex among homeless women? Results from between- and within-subjects event analyses Journal of studies on alcohol and drugs, 2010; 71(1): 86-94.
Kennedy David P, Cowgill Burton O, Bogart Laura M, Corona Rosalie, Ryan Gery W, Murphy Debra A, Nguyen Theresa, Schuster Mark A   Parents' disclosure of their HIV infection to their children in the context of the family AIDS and behavior, 2010; 14(5): 1095-105.
Ssali Sarah N, Atuyambe Lynn, Tumwine Christopher, Segujja Eric, Nekesa Nicolate, Nannungi Annet, Ryan Gery, Wagner Glenn   Reasons for disclosure of HIV status by people living with HIV/AIDS and in HIV care in Uganda: an exploratory study AIDS patient care and STDs, 2010; 24(10): 675-81.
Odom Walker Kara, Ryan Gery, Ramey Robin, Nunez Felix L, Beltran Robert, Splawn Robert G, Brown Arleen F   Recruiting and retaining primary care physicians in urban underserved communities: the importance of having a mission to serve American journal of public health, 2010; 100(11): 2168-75.
Golinelli Daniela, Ryan Gery, Green Harold D, Kennedy David P, Tucker Joan S, Wenzel Suzanne L   Sampling to reduce respondent burden in personal network studies and its effect on estimates of structural measures Field methods, 2010; 22(3): 217-230.
Stein Bradley D, Kataoka Sheryl H, Hamilton Alison B, Schultz Dana, Ryan Gery, Vona Pamela, Wong Marleen   School personnel perspectives on their school's implementation of a school-based suicide prevention program The journal of behavioral health services & research, 2010; 37(3): 338-49.
Green Harold D, Atuyambe Lynn, Ssali Sarah, Ryan Gery W, Wagner Glenn J   Social Networks of PLHA in Uganda: Implications for Mobilizing PLHA as Agents for Prevention AIDS and behavior, 2010; 37(3): .
Kennedy David P, Wenzel Suzanne L, Tucker Joan S, Green Harold D, Golinelli Daniela, Ryan Gery W, Beckman Robin, Zhou Annie   Unprotected sex of homeless women living in Los Angeles county: an investigation of the multiple levels of risk AIDS and behavior, 2010; 14(4): 960-73.
Wang Margaret C, Ryan Gery, McGlynn Elizabeth A, Mehrotra Ateev   Why do patients seek care at retail clinics, and what alternatives did they consider? American journal of medical quality : the official journal of the American College of Medical Quality, 2010; 25(2): 128-34.
Turnbull Bernardo, Martínez-Andrade Gloria, Huérfano Nazly, Ryan Gery W, Martínez Homero   A contrast between mothers' assessments of child malnutrition and physical anthropometry in rural Mexico: a mixed methods community study Journal of nutrition education and behavior, 2009; 41(3): 201-6.
Wagner Glenn, Ryan Gery, Huynh Alexis, Kityo Cissy, Mugyenyi Peter   A qualitative analysis of the economic impact of HIV and antiretroviral therapy on individuals and households in Uganda AIDS patient care and STDs, 2009; 23(9): 793-8.
Corona Rosalie, Cowgill Burton O, Bogart Laura M, Parra Michelle T, Ryan Gery, Elliott Marc N, Park Susan K, Patch Jennifer, Schuster Mark A   Brief report: a qualitative analysis of discussions about HIV in families of parents with HIV Journal of pediatric psychology, 2009; 34(6): 677-80.
D'Amico Elizabeth J, Barnes Dionne, Gilbert Mary Lou, Ryan Gery, Wenzel Suzanne L   Developing a tripartite prevention program for impoverished young women transitioning to young adulthood: addressing substance use, HIV risk, and victimization by intimate partners Journal of prevention & intervention in the community, 2009; 37(2): 112-28.
Osilla Karen Chan, Ryan Gery, Bhatti Laveeza, Goetz Matthew, Witt Mallory, Wagner Glenn   Factors that influence an HIV coinfected patient's decision to start hepatitis C treatment AIDS patient care and STDs, 2009; 23(12): 993-9.
Tucker Joan S, Kennedy David, Ryan Gery, Wenzel Suzanne L, Golinelli Daniela, Zazzali James   Homeless Women's Personal Networks: Implications for Understanding Risk Behavior Human organization, 2009; 68(2): 129-140.
Grudzen Corita R, Ryan Gery, Margold William, Torres Jacqueline, Gelberg Lillian   Pathways to health risk exposure in adult film performers Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 2009; 86(1): 67-78.
Shetgiri Rashmi, Kataoka Sheryl H, Ryan Gery W, Askew Lawren Miller, Chung Paul J, Schuster Mark A   Risk and resilience in Latinos: a community-based participatory research study American journal of preventive medicine, 2009; 37(6 Suppl 1): S217-24.
Patel Anisha I, Bogart Laura M, Uyeda Kimberly E, Martinez Homero, Knizewski Ritamarie, Ryan Gery W, Schuster Mark A   School site visits for community-based participatory research on healthy eating American journal of preventive medicine, 2009; 37(6 Suppl 1): S300-6.
Hunter Sarah B, Chinman Matthew, Ebener Patricia, Imm Pam, Wandersman Abraham, Ryan Gery W   Technical assistance as a prevention capacity-building tool: a demonstration using the getting to outcomes framework Health education & behavior : the official publication of the Society for Public Health Education, 2009; 36(5): 810-28.
Wenzel Suzanne L, Green Harold D, Tucker Joan S, Golinelli Daniela, Kennedy David P, Ryan Gery, Zhou Annie   The social context of homeless women's alcohol and drug use Drug and alcohol dependence, 2009; 105(1-2): 16-23.
Wagner Glenn, Ryan Gery, Osilla Karen Chan, Bhatti Laveeza, Goetz Matthew, Witt Mallory   Treat early or wait and monitor? A qualitative analysis of provider hepatitis C virus treatment decision-making in the context of HIV coinfection AIDS patient care and STDs, 2009; 23(9): 715-25.
Goh Ying-Ying, Bogart Laura M, Sipple-Asher Bessie Ko, Uyeda Kimberly, Hawes-Dawson Jennifer, Olarita-Dhungana Josephina, Ryan Gery W, Schuster Mark A   Using community-based participatory research to identify potential interventions to overcome barriers to adolescents' healthy eating and physical activity Journal of behavioral medicine, 2009; 32(5): 491-502.
Ryan Gery W, Stern Stefanie A, Hilton Lara, Tucker Joan S, Kennedy David P, Golinelli Daniela, Wenzel Suzanne L   When, where, why and with whom homeless women engage in risky sexual behaviors: A framework for understanding complex and varied decision-making processes Sex roles, 2009; 61(7-8): 536-553.
Vargas Roberto B, Ryan Gery W, Jackson Catherine A, Rodriguez Rian, Freeman Harold P   Characteristics of the original patient navigation programs to reduce disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer Cancer, 2008; 113(2): 426-33.
Cowgill Burton O, Bogart Laura M, Corona Rosalie, Ryan Gery, Schuster Mark A   Fears about HIV transmission in families with an HIV-infected parent: a qualitative analysis Pediatrics, 2008; 122(5): e950-8.
Bogart Laura M, Cowgill Burton O, Kennedy David, Ryan Gery, Murphy Debra A, Elijah Jacinta, Schuster Mark A   HIV-related stigma among people with HIV and their families: a qualitative analysis AIDS and behavior, 2008; 12(2): 244-54.
Lavielle Pilar, Clark Patricia, Martínez Homero, Mercado Francisco, Ryan Gery   [Illness behavior in chronic pain] Salud pública de México, 2008; 50(2): 147-54.
Sayles Jennifer N, Ryan Gery W, Silver Junell S, Sarkisian Catherine A, Cunningham William E   Experiences of social stigma and implications for healthcare among a diverse population of HIV positive adults Journal of urban health : bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 2007; 84(6): 814-28.
Wagner Glenn, Ryan Gery, Taylor Stephanie   Formative evaluation of antiretroviral therapy scale-up efficiency in sub-Saharan Africa AIDS patient care and STDs, 2007; 21(11): 871-88.
Necheles Jonathan W, Chung Emily Q, Hawes-Dawson Jennifer, Ryan Gery Wayne, Williams Shield B, Holmes Heidi N, Wells Kenneth B, Vaiana Mary E, Schuster Mark A   The Teen Photovoice Project: a pilot study to promote health through advocacy Progress in community health partnerships : research, education, and action, 2007; 1(3): 221-9.
Meredith Lisa S, Eisenman David P, Rhodes Hilary, Ryan Gery, Long Anna   Trust influences response to public health messages during a bioterrorist event Journal of health communication, 2007; 12(3): 217-32.
Meredith Lisa S, Mendel Peter, Pearson Marjorie, Wu Shin-Yi, Joyce Geoffrey, Straus Julie B, Ryan Gery, Keeler Emmett, Unützer Jürgen   Implementation and maintenance of quality improvement for treating depression in primary care Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 2006; 57(1): 48-55.
Hsiao An-Fu, Ryan Gery W, Hays Ronald D, Coulter Ian D, Andersen Ronald M, Wenger Neil S   Variations in provider conceptions of integrative medicine Social science & medicine (1982), 2006; 62(12): 2973-87.
Hsiao An-Fu, Hays Ron D, Ryan Gery W, Coulter Ian D, Andersen Ronald M, Hardy Mary L, Diehl David L, Hui Ka-Kit, Wenger Neil S   A Self-Report Measure of Clinicians' Orientation toward Integrative Medicine Health services research, 2005; 40(5 Pt 1): 1553-69.
Lorenz Karl A, Ryan Gery W, Morton Sally C, Chan Kitty S, Wang Steven, Shekelle Paul G   A qualitative examination of primary care providers' and physician managers' uses and views of research evidence International journal for quality in health care : journal of the International Society for Quality in Health Care / ISQua, 2005; 17(5): 409-14.
Tucker Joan S, Wenzel Suzanne L, Straus Julie B, Ryan Gery W, Golinelli Daniela   Experiencing interpersonal violence: perspectives of sexually active, substance-using women living in shelters and low-income housing Violence against women, 2005; 11(10): 1319-40.
Eastman Karen L, Corona Rosalie, Ryan Gery W, Warsofsky Avra L, Schuster Mark A   Worksite-based parenting programs to promote healthy adolescent sexual development: a qualitative study of feasibility and potential content Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health, 2005; 37(2): 62-9.
Stein Bradley D, Tanielian Terri L, Ryan Gery W, Rhodes Hilary J, Young Shalanda D, Blanchard Janice C   A bitter pill to swallow: nonadherence with prophylactic antibiotics during the anthrax attacks and the role of private physicians Biosecurity and bioterrorism : biodefense strategy, practice, and science, 2004; 2(3): 175-85.
Wagner Glenn J, Ryan Gery W   Relationship between routinization of daily behaviors and medication adherence in HIV-positive drug users AIDS patient care and STDs, 2004; 18(7): 385-93.

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