Director of Program Evaluation
Dr. Carol Spaulding
- Ph.D., Health Education, with a specialty in Health Promotion, University of Texas at Austin, 2009
- M.A., Experimental Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University, 1972
Dr. Carol Spaulding serves as the Institute’s Program Evaluation Director. In this capacity she brings years of experience working with state health programs and policy, and is responsible for the leadership and management of the program evaluation division. Dr. Spaulding works closely with the Institute Director and Associate Director to develop and oversee projects related to program evaluation in health. In addition she is liaison with groups such as faculty, staff, government agencies, businesses, and local communities and represents the Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and Texas A&M University to program evaluation matters. She provides leadership to undergraduate and graduate students and staff. Dr. Spaulding contributes effective budgetary, grant writing and policy development, contract negotiation, performance movement in addition to coordinating program evaluation.
Dr. Spaulding completed her Ph.D. program following retirement from the Texas Department of State Health Services. During her tenure at the state health agency, she served as Chief of the Bureau of State Health Data and Policy Analysis, Deputy Commissioner for Programs, and Process Manager. She served on the Management Committee of the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials from 1992-1998. She also served as preceptor and adjunct faculty for Health Care Administration residents with the University of Houston at Clear Lake, and co-instructor for a State Health Policy Class offered jointly by the University of Texas School of Public Health and the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
Her particular area of expertise in public health activities is the development and leadership of cross-functional teams to address specific health concerns. She developed the first strategic plan for a state health department, provided leadership for a statewide immunization tracking system, and led policy development work that resulted in the first codification of public health standards for Texas.
Dr. Spaulding has worked at the local, state, and national levels on efforts to improve the health of low-income and underserved groups. She helped lead Texas’ initial efforts to provide health insurance for low-income children and provided public health direction for several Medicaid initiatives to expand services for pregnant women, infants, and children. She also developed recommendations that led to the establishment of the first public health services district in the Lower Rio Grande Valley.
Dr. Spaulding has been involved with research addressing nutrition, physical activity, and prevention of childhood obesity. During the past several years, she has participated in and led evaluations of nutrition education materials and physical activity media for the Texas Women, Infants, and Children Supplemental Food Program. She has had extensive experience in development of survey and evaluation approaches for practical application in program design and development. Her particular research interest is in the use of media to promote physical activity and healthy behaviors.