Mary Byrnes, PhD

Qualitative Research Analyst


I am a qualitative sociologist at the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy (CHOP). I earned my Ph.D. in sociology as a National Institute of Aging/NIH predoctoral fellow at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University and my masters in urban planning (MUP). My early work examines home and community as social determinants of health using visual ethnographic research methods in an older adult population. Because I approach qualitative methods as an art form I also understand how research questions might be answered utilizing appropriate and creative methodologies often blending techniques and methods.  Since arriving at CHOP in 2017, I have a growing interest in improving patient care through improving surgical outcomes, particularly as they relate to sociocultural aspects of surgery.