Kendon J. Conrad, PhD, MSPH


Professor Emeritus, Health Policy & Administration

Senior Research Scientist, Health Policy & Administration
School of Public Health
University of Illinois at Chicago
1603 West Taylor Street, Room 725 (MC 923)
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Phone: 312-996-3185
Fax: 312-996-5356

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Kendon J. Conrad, Ph.D., received his doctorate in public policy analysis and a post-doctoral master of science degree in public health from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). From 1994, he was Professor in the School of Public Health of UIC where he taught Measurement Theory and Practice in Health Services Research. Since 2010, he has been Professor Emeritus.


Dr. Conrad's interests are in long-term care, homelessness, mental illness, substance abuse, measurement, and evaluation research methodology. He has published over a hundred papers in peer-reviewed journals, has edited six books and co-wrote a seventh. He was PI on grants from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the VA, and private foundations. He served on the first study section on health services research chartered by NIAAA. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the VA funded him to develop the International Conference on Objective Measurement. From that conference, he edited a supplement to Medical Care presenting applications of Rasch measurement in health care. He has worked with Dr. Michael Dennis of Chestnut Health Systems in Bloomington, Illinois under a grant from SAMHSA. He and Dr. Madelyn Iris were awarded three grants from the National Institute of Justice that led to the development of the Elder Abuse Decision Support System located at

He currently works with Dr. Pi-Ju (Marian) Liu on a grant from the Administration for Community Living on adult protective services and recently received a grant from the National Institute of Justice with Dr. Liu and with the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services in Chicago to study the Financial Exploitation Intervention Team.