Dr. Brandy Farrar

Dr. Brandy Farrar is a Principal Research Associate within IMPAQ’s Health division. She is skilled in the design and implementation of qualitative and mixed methods approaches to thoroughly documenting and assessing the implementation process and outcomes (including systems changes) of complex innovations. Dr. Farrar uses research findings to provide actionable program and policy recommendations to help clients meet their goals. As a sociologist specializing in the intersection between individual-level social psychology and system-level structures and processes, Dr. Farrar has a broad theoretical foundation that enhances her ability to excel on projects in subject matter areas both within and outside of healthcare.


Topics Dr. Farrar has studied include health care workforce development strategies designed to meet the changing and increased demands for care associated with recent developments in health policy, health insurance marketplaces, bundled payment models, primary care physicians’ adoption and meaningful use of electronic medical records, and strategies for reducing low birth weight and pre-term delivery among women enrolled in Medicaid.

She also has extensive experience in coordinating and collecting data from key informants representing a variety of different kinds of organizations and interests including health care organizations, government agencies, educational institutions, community organizations, and laypersons.  


Over the last decade, Dr. Farrar has worked to meet the needs of a variety of clients including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Centers for Consumer Insurance Information and Oversight, California Healthcare Foundation, Office of National Coordinator, Sierra Health Foundation, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, National Institute for Nursing Research, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Health Resources Services Administration, the Hitachi Foundation, and the Department of Labor.

Prior Experience

Prior to joining IMPAQ, Dr. Farrar held positions as a Senior Consultant at The Lewin Group and a Researcher at the American Institutes for Research.


Dr. Farrar earned her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from North Carolina State University in 2006 and 2014 respectively.

Previous Papers and Presentations

Morgan, J.C., & Farrar, B. (2015). Building meaningful career lattices: Direct care workers in long-term care. Caring on the Clock: The Complexities and Contradictions of Paid Care work, 275-86.

Morgan, J.C., Oermann, M., Pathman, D.E., Lynn, M.R., Konrad, T.R., Farrar, B. & Barmon, C. (2014). An Evaluation of State-based Support for Service Programs Targeting Nurse Faculty. Nursing Education Perspectives, 35(5), 280-286.

Paez, K. A., Eggleston, E. M., Griffey, S., Farrar, B., Smith, J., Thompson, J. & Gillman, M.W. (2014). Understanding why some women with a history of gestational diabetes don’t get tested for diabetes. Women’s Health Issues, 24(4), e373-e379.

Farrar, B., & Morgan, J. C. (2011). Growing your own: Community health workers and jobs to careers. Journal of Ambulatory Care Management, 34(3), 234–246.

Morgan, J. C., Farrar, B., & Owens, I. (2009). Documenting diversity among working LIS graduates. Library Trends, 58(2), 192–214.