Qualitative Health Research Consultants, LLC is a full-service research firm. We use state-of-the-science qualitative methods to train and collaborate with clinical and health services researchers and staff. QHRC offers investigators demonstrated experience in bringing qualitative methods to health services and clinical research.  We offer consultation at every phase of research, from helping investigators write fundable grants, to designing and implementing small pilot demonstration projects, to training and supervising research staff on large-scale, multi-site and multi-year clinical trials.  

Cameron MacDonald, PhD
Principal and Co-founder

Curriculum Vitae | Biographical Sketch


Cameron Macdonald is the Principal and Co-founder of QHRC.  She has taught Qualitative Research Methods at the graduate level for over twenty years.  Prior to founding QHRC, she served on the faculty of Harvard University, UW-Madison, and the University of Connecticut.  She received her PhD in Sociology from Brandeis University.

The author of numerous books and articles based on ethnographic and interview methods, Macdonald received a 2006 NIH ICTR K2 Award for her research on healthcare offloading. Her research has been disseminated in top journals, including The Gerontologist, Social Forces, and Hypatia, and at national conferences.  She brings advanced skills in focus group facilitation and stakeholder engagement, as a trainee of Richard Krueger and a graduate of the Journey of Facilitation and Collaboration at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Macdonald oversees all aspects of qualitative research design, data collection and analysis at QHRC.  She especially enjoys working with investigators on grants and disseminating research findings.  

Her research interests involve patient-centered care, with a special focus on surgical outcomes, cancer care, and end-of-life care.