Staff Biographies

Nurses at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

To facilitate contact with AHRQ nurses in the various Agency Centers and Offices, Email addresses and program areas are provided. Although not all Centers and Offices have nurses on staff, these nurses are prepared to assist you in locating Agency information, in addition to discussing their particular areas of interest.

Beth A. Collins Sharp, PhD, RN
Senior Advisor, Women's Health and Gender Research
Senior Advisor for Nursing
Program Areas: nursing research and practice, high-risk pregnancy, maternal-child/women's health care, evidence-based practice.
Biosketch: Beth A. Collins Sharp, PhD, RN is Senior Advisor for Women's Health and Gender Research, as well as serving as Senior Advisor for Nursing at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of nursing research and practice, high-risk pregnancy, maternal-child/women's health care, and evidence-based practice. She is the former Director of the Evidence-based Practice Centers (EPC) program at the Agency.

  In her role as Senior Advisor for Women's Health, Dr. Collins Sharp promotes women's health and gender research and programs and coordinates with other appropriate offices on activities within AHRQ and across HHS that relate to women's health services and gender research. As Senior Advisor for Nursing, Dr. Collins Sharp serves as primary contact and representative for nursing issues and outreach to the nursing community and stakeholders. In both roles, she works with intramural activities, contributing to standing and peer review committees and engaging stakeholder groups. Her background includes clinical, research and teaching experience. She holds a strong identity as a nurse but is a true believer in multi-disciplinary teams.

Dr. Collins Sharp received an Associate degree in Nursing and BS (Psychology) from Shenandoah College and Conservatory, a BS (Nursing) and MS (Nursing) degrees from Medical of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University and a PhD (Nursing) from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining AHRQ in 2003, Dr. Collins Sharp served on the faculty of the Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine and as Director of Research for the obstetrics/gynecology department. She has taught at three large university schools of nursing, served as Nurse Coordinator in the NICHD-Maternal-Fetal Medicine Units Network, and practiced in a community hospital general medicine and postpartum units, an obstetric emergency room and a university mother-baby inpatient unit. Along the way, she has served as a member of a university institutional review board, Chair of a university General Clinical Research Center Scientific Research Committee, President of the Southern Nursing Research Society, and Science Team Leader for the Evidence-Based Guideline on Cyclic Perimenstrual Pain and Discomfort, Association for Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Jennifer E. Moore, PhD, RN
Patient Centered Outcomes Research Service Fellow
Program Areas: Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR), maternal child and women’s health care, minority health, and nursing research and practice.
Biosketch: Dr. Moore is the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Service Fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Her scholarly interests are in the areas of patient centered outcomes research (PCOR), maternal child/women’s health, healthcare disparities, nursing practice, evidence based practice, implementation science, and international health. Prior to working at AHRQ, Dr. Moore served as the Executive Director for the Institute for Nursing Centers, as the Senior Magnet Program Analyst at the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the Director of Government Relations at the American College of Nurse-Midwives. She also has worked on numerous federally funded domestic and international research projects throughout her career. Dr. Moore has taught pharmacology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, health policy, and health management courses for undergraduate and graduate nursing students and currently serves as an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Nursing. Furthermore, Dr. Moore volunteers as a nurse at the Center for Hope Family Health and Birth Center, an federally qualified health center (FQHC) in Washington, DC. She received a Bachelor degree in Nursing, Master of Science degree in Nursing, Health Administration and Health Policy, and a PhD in Nursing, Health Administration and Health Policy from the University of Michigan.

Marjorie Shofer, MBA, BSN
Program Areas: Knowledge transfer.
Biosketch: Margie Shofer joined the Office of Communications and Knowledge Transfer in 2000 and works on a number of different efforts to translate health services research findings into practice and policy decisions. Prior to working at AHRQ, Ms. Shofer was a senior policy analyst with the American Association of Health Plans and was responsible for analyzing State and Federal legislative and regulatory activities impacting managed care plans. Before that, she worked at the National Conference of State Legislatures where, as assistant staff to the Health Committee, she represented state legislatures before Congress and the Federal government. She also spent three years as committee staff for the House Environmental Matters Committee of the Maryland General Assembly, where she was responsible for analyzing all health legislation assigned to the committee. Ms. Shofer began her health care career working as an RN at a major teaching hospital in Philadelphia. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and from Boston University's MBA program where she concentrated in health care management.

Carol Stocks, MHSA, RN
Program Analyst
Program Areas: Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project, data privacy.
Biosketch: Ms. Stocks provides assistance and support to the Health Care Utilization Project (HCUP), a Federal-State-industry partnership in health care data. She works directly with the HCUP Data Coordinator to fulfill project officer responsibilities and develop State partner relationships. She provides administrative, organizational, and clinical support to senior staff conducting health care research. Ms. Stocks serves as an Agency resource for policies on data security and protection of privacy in health care data, especially as it relates to use of administrative data, and serves as Privacy Coordinator for AHRQ's implementation of the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Ms. Stocks received her BSN from George Mason University, and has extensive experience in hospital nursing. She received her Master of Health Services Administration from George Washington University. She is currently enrolled in a PhD program at the Graduate School of Nursing, Uniformed Services University for Health Sciences.

Current as of May 2013
Internet Citation: Staff Biographies: Nurses at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). May 2013. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD.