Senior Research Scientist, U.S.
Tamara Vehige Calise is a senior research scientist with over 20 years of experience at the local, state, and federal government levels, as well as in academia. Tammy has a strong background in community-based research; social determinants of health; and policy, systems, and environmental change. She has led numerous large-scale multi-component initiatives evaluations including the Healthy Incentives Program (MA), the first state-wide electronic nutrition incentive program that assessed changes in access to affordable, healthy foods and the effect on the local economy. More recently, she has used intensity scoring to evaluate the impact of health care systems’ community-benefits dollars, which have funded numerous complex initiatives including substance use, mental health, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. In addition to leading the evaluation of multi-site, multi-million dollar initiatives, Tammy has initiated and contributed to the design, implementation, and oversight of a full spectrum of research projects including the built environment, substance abuse, breast cancer, and adolescent sex education. Tammy has worked extensively with state and local agencies to build capacity in both program evaluation and implementation and has taught graduate-level classes in evaluation at Boston University School of Public Health. She has a DrPH in social and behavioral sciences from Boston University and an MEd and BS from the University of Missouri.