Courtney L. Everson, PhD Senior Project Director

Dr. Courtney Everson joined the Colorado Lab to advance data-driven transformations in policy and practice. Courtney’s previous experience in mixed methods research and community engagement has prepared her well to lead complex projects that are responsive to decision-maker needs and anchored in actionability. After earning her PhD in applied medical anthropology and public health from Oregon State University, Courtney enjoyed a rich career as faculty with Oregon State University, Dean of Graduate Studies for the Midwives College of Utah, and the Associate Director of the Social Work Research Center at Colorado State University. Courtney has also provided leadership on dozens of state and national boards in health and human services. In these positions, she successfully led dozens of foundation, state, and federally funded studies and initiatives focused on prevention science and equitable opportunity.

Courtney is most passionate about policy research that creates sustained change for children, families, and communities to thrive. The Colorado Lab’s Essential Element that most resonates with Courtney is activating findings. Maximizing data for action is necessary to move from rigorous research to meaningful impact with lasting results across generations.

Courtney finds joy in a strong cup of coffee, fiction books, dogs, and endurance sports.