Therese (Tess) Miller, Dr.P.H., is the Director of the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement (CEPI), having served as the Center’s Deputy Director for 8 years. Tess joined the Agency in 2004 to serve as the Senior Coordinator for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.  In 2008, Tess became the lead of the Prevention/Chronic Care Portfolio, and in 2015 she helped launch CEPI’s new Division of Practice Improvement serving as Director.  

Tess began her career at a New York City advertising agency as a Media Specialist. Tess has worked on a variety of research projects including: a national demonstration program involving 182 rural hospitals; a national demonstration project designed to transform pediatric care by introducing child development specialists into primary care practices, a three-generation study of Baltimore families. Most recently, Tess was part of the team that led the EvidenceNOW: Advancing Heart Health, AHRQ’s national grant initiative dedicated to helping small- and medium-sized primary care practices across the country, use the latest evidence to improve the heart health of millions of Americans.  Tess is deeply interested in the power of combining data and stories to effectively communicate evidence and improve health and healthcare.

Tess earned a B.S. and B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University.  She attended the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, earning a doctoral degree in public health and a certificate in health communications.