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Shimrit Keddem, PhD, MPH

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CHERP Core Investigator

  • Co-Director, Qualitative Methods Core (QualCore), CHERP
  • Research Health Scientist, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center (CMCVAMC)
  • Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania
  • Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania


Shimrit Keddem, PhD, MPH, is a CHERP Core Investigator and Co-Director of CHERP's Qualitative Research Core. She is an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Keddem is a health services researcher and educator with expertise in qualitative and mixed methods. Through her research, Dr. Keddem seeks to improve health care programming, especially for vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. Her work in health services research has focused on system-level assessments and patient experiences of primary care and patient-centered care both within and outside the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Keddem aims to improve sexual and reproductive health among women Veterans by promoting and improving screening and prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. Throughout her research career, she has worked in collaboration with colleagues from multiple disciplines. She has used a variety of mixed methods techniques to explore various public health and health services topics.

Dr. Keddem joined the VA in 2014 when she was appointed Associate Director of the VA Center for Evaluation of Patient-Aligned Care Teams (CEPACT), a national VA demonstration lab to evaluate implementation of PACT at the VA.

She earned a Master of Urban Spatial Analytics (MUSA), a Master of Public Health (MPH), and PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Research Areas
Women's Health
Sexual Health
HIV Prevention
Veteran Health