The Catholic University of America

Mary Roary, Ph.D.


Dr. Mary C. Roary is a knowledgeable and motivated public health epidemiologist who has experience in infectious and chronic diseases, with a focus on research methodology, biostatistics, public health advising, business and policy. Dr. Roary’s analytical expertise has substantially contributed to recent efforts to advance Office of Minority Health’s (OMH’s) contributions to developing, formulating, implementing, and monitoring data provisions in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Prior to coming to HHS/OMH, Dr. Roary worked on medical and mental health disease management and cost modeling contracts at the Lewin Group and was Co-PI for multiple chronic disease community-based participatory research grants and contracts at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Arizona. Dr. Roary has designed questionnaires, managed large medical and pharmaceutical grants and contracts, and has taught graduate level courses in epidemiology and statistics. Her doctoral studies, which focused on community-based strategies to decrease diabetes disparities in minority (US-Mexico Border) underserved communities, was recently published as a book. Additionally, she has been responsible for writing grants, identifying funding sources, preparing papers and reports, and disseminating and presenting analytical results to various governmental and non-governmental stakeholders, state, and local groups. She received her undergraduate from Morgan State University; several master degrees from Johns Hopkins University, and her doctorate from the University of Arizona where she was an epidemiology and biostatistics CDC fellow.

Research Interest

Research Interest is but not limited to Translational Health Disparities:

• Transforming bedside to real-world practice to improve specialized public health program health and reduce health disparities

• Using community-based organization participatory research which integrates education and social determinants to improve public health and reduce health disparities

• Promoting/increasing coordination between campus-community-based, federal, state, local, and private stakeholders to improve public health and reduce health disparities

• Using quantitative statistical analysis of epidemiological and survey data applied to understanding population trends

• Using qualitative statistical analysis such as observational and personal interviews for a more salient picture of the lives of individuals within a population