Corie Hammers

Senior Research Scientist

Corie brings over 15 years of qualitative research experience to the Modus Outcomes team. Prior to joining THREAD, Corie worked at Optum Labs (part of UnitedHealth Group) as a researcher leading health equity initiatives and projects, consulting with research teams on equitable research design, and integrating equity into research processes.

Corie is a former tenured Professor at Macalester College who led and managed dozens of qualitative research projects, mostly with historically marginalized communities.  Corie’s academic research focused on the lived experiences of LGBTQ+ people with histories of trauma, focusing on trauma’s impact on the body and somatic modalities people use to heal. Corie’s work has been published in top academic journals in the fields of gender and sexuality studies.

Corie believes understanding the lived experiences of diverse participant populations is critical to clinical trial design and efficacy, improving health outcomes, and developing better treatment protocols. In their role as Senior Research Scientist, Corie aims to use their qualitative research skills to bring patient experiences to the center, ensuring that their perspectives inform and shape project development across all phases of the research process.

Corie holds a B.A. in Psychology from Texas A&M, M.A. in Sociology from Portland State University, and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Oklahoma with additional training in intersectional trauma and restorative justice.