Douglas H. Fernald, MA
Senior Instructor

Douglas Fernald received his master’s degree in anthropology from the University of Colorado Denver and his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from the Colorado College, Colorado Springs.

In 1996, Mr. Fernald joined the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. He is currently a Senior Instructor in the Department and is actively involved in the research and evaluation of practice improvement initiatives. Mr. Fernald is the Director of BIGHORN and the Assistant Director of CaReNet, which are practice-based research networks (PBRNs) serving primary care practices across Colorado.

Mr. Fernald is also a member of the Steering Committee for the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research’s (AHRQ) PBRN Resource Center.

He is a founding and steering committee member for the Qualitative Research Methods Forum, an inter-institutional community of practices supporting the development and implementation of translational and health disparities research through the use of qualitative methodologies. Mr. Fernald also teaches regular classes on the use of qualitative data analysis software.

He brings his qualitative research methods training to multi-method research and evaluation in the areas of practice redesign, quality improvement, and patient safety. He is currently the evaluator for several practice improvement programs; including patient-centered medical home (PCMH) redesign projects and diagnostic testing process improvements in primary care.

Outside of work, Doug enjoys hiking and all types of skiing. He and his wife live in Lakewood, Colorado, with their three children.

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