Dana Roberts, MA
Chief, Performance and Accountability Unit
Dana Roberts, MA, serves as Chief of the Performance and Accountability Unit in the Office of the Associate Director for Program. In this capacity, Ms. Roberts is responsible for guiding the agency’s performance measurement efforts and working to ensure that performance data are integrated into program improvement and budget planning.
Prior to joining CDC, Ms. Roberts was a public health analyst at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), where she served as the agency coordinator for the Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA). In that role, she coordinated and revised the performance components of SAMHSA’s budget submissions, identifying and resolving any issues within the data and measures. Ms. Roberts joined SAMHSA in 2003 as a service fellow in the Office of Applied Sciences, where she managed a weekly publication series utilizing SAMHSA’s national data collections. She was a contributing author and editor on many reports in this series, spanning topics from juvenile delinquency to mental illness and substance abuse treatment. She has held research and teaching positions at numerous organizations, including the Center for Substance Abuse Research, the Justice Research and Statistics Association, the University of Maryland’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the Urban Institute. Ms. Roberts recently completed the Excellence in Government fellowship through the Partnership for Public Service. She earned her master of arts degree in criminology from the University of Maryland and her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College.