Chris Wilks, PhD, MPA
Salt Lake City, UT
Chris Wilks is a senior consultant for Leavitt Partners. She manages long-term research projects and works closely with clients and project managers to design, implement, and execute projects to meet client objectives. She provides content expertise on population health, behavioral health disorders, chronic disease prevention, and qualitative research methods.
Prior to joining Leavitt Partners, Dr. Wilks managed almost 80 million dollars of community-based grants to provide homelessness prevention services and recovery supports for substance use disorder to 20,000 individuals and families. She conducted and published original quantitative and qualitative research projects and service evaluations on behalf of state and local governments, and nonprofit foundations. Her research focus is on using group and individual interviews of service recipients and staff to inform effective changes in organizational and governmental health related activities.
Dr. Wilks earned her doctorate in public health from Ohio State University, a master’s in public administration from New York University, and a bachelor’s in anthropology from Yale University.