Rebecca Pryor Abbott, M.A.
Director of Research Operations & Strategy, Office of Research
Rebecca Pryor Abbott, M.A., is the director of research operations and strategy for Dell Medical School’s Office of Research. Leading operational and strategic initiatives to facilitate research at Dell Med, Abbott aims to support the availability of better treatments for patients, and the health and wellness of the larger Austin community.
Abbott has more than 13 years’ experience in health care using change management principles, project management proficiency, efficiency optimization techniques (e.g., lean six-sigma) and statistical analysis to solve complex problems and incorporate the best solutions into operations.
Before joining Dell Med, Abbott reported to the chief quality officer for Ascension Seton and was responsible for monitoring a large network-level project portfolio. This role built upon her experience as a clinical outcomes consultant, supporting efforts to improve clinical quality and financial reimbursement. Prior to her time at Ascension Seton, Abbott worked in research at Duke University Medical Center supporting studies on pain management and social and psychological factors impacting health.
Abbott received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in psychology from Duke University.