Kyla Donnelly is a PhD student at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Kyla began her doctoral studies in the fall of 2014 under the supervision of Dr. Rachel Thompson and Professor Glyn Elwyn. To date, her research has focused on using both qualitative and quantitative methods to better understand and respond to women’s reproductive health care needs. Her dissertation, Supporting quality decision-making about surgical and medical abortion in early pregnancy, is examining the quality of and preferences for decision support about early abortion methods and the measurement of patient-centered communication in this context.
Kyla is currently the Implementation Coordinator on the project, Right for Me: Birth Control Decisions Made Easier, supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). This project is evaluating the comparative effectiveness of patient- and provider-directed strategies for increasing shared decision-making in reproductive health care. Kyla is responsible for training staff in and facilitating implementation of study interventions in 16 clinical partners.
Kyla also has experience as a Teaching Assistant for courses in the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice Masters of Public Health program, including Inferential Methods and Systematic Review and Advanced Epidemiology and Biostatistics. Kyla graduated from The Dartmouth Institute Masters of Public Health program in 2013.
Kyla is an avid yoga and meditation practitioner and teacher, traveler, and outdoor enthusiast.