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Charlesnika Tyon Evans, PhD, MPH, BS – Research Career Scientist

Charlesnika Tyon Evans, PhD, MPH, BS Charlesnika Tyon Evans, PhD, MPH, BS
Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
Hines, IL 


Charlesnika T. Evans, PhD, MPH, is a Research Career Scientist with the Center of Innovation for Complex Chronic Healthcare (CINCCH) at Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois and Professor of Preventive Medicine in the Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. She has a bachelor's degree in microbiology (1997), a master's in public health (1999), and a doctoral degree in epidemiology (2007). Dr. Evans has expertise in epidemiologic methods, infectious disease, and prescribing behavior. Her major research interests include the epidemiology of infectious diseases (particularly healthcare-associated infections) and outcomes related to these infections. Much of her work has focused on infections in Veterans with spinal cord injury (SCI) but has expanded to include other high-risk patient populations. She is one of the Principal Investigators of the Quality Enhancement Research Initiative (QUERI) focused on 'Combating Antimicrobial Resistance through Rapid Implementation of Available Guidelines and Evidence'-CARRIAGE QUERI. She is also conducting studies focused on prevention and treatment effectiveness in multidrug-resistant organisms. She has been working with VA for over 20 years, focusing on assessing variation in best clinical practice and implementing evidence-based medicine to improve patient care. With her methodological expertise, she has been a collaborator on several national health services, epidemiological, and implementation studies funded by VA, NIH, AHRQ, and CDC.

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