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Karli Kondo, PhD

Senior Principal Scientist
Evidence Synthesis

Asian woman with head resting on hand, wearing black v-neck dress

At ACS since 2022

Karli Kondo, PhD, is a behavioral scientist and senior principal scientist of evidence synthesis in Early Cancer Detection Science at the American Cancer Society (ACS). She conducts the systematic reviews that serve as the foundation for ACS cancer screening guidelines. Kondo is an internal expert on evidence synthesis methodology.

Research focus and accomplishments

She has conducted systematic reviews and evidence maps on a wide range of clinical and health systems topics for the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Academies of Science Engineering and Medicine.

Kondo is especially interested in factors contributing to health disparities among vulnerable populations and culturally responsive interventions to mitigate them.

She also has a passion for research ethics and the protection of human subjects. She has served as Vice-Chair of Oregon Health and Science University’s Institutional Review Board since 2016.


For a full list of Dr. Kondo’s publications, visit her Google Scholar page.



Work before ACS       

  • Institutional Review Board, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR: Vice Chair (2016-current)
  • Evidence Synthesis Program, Department of Veterans Affairs, Portland, OR: Associate Director/Core Investigator (2013-2022)
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s Scientific Resource Center, Portland, OR: Core Investigator (2013-2016)
  • Graduate School of Psychology, Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR: Assistant Professor (2011-2014)

Professional organizations

  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM): Member
  • Guidelines International Network (GIN): Organizational Member


  • PhD: Behavioral Science, University of Rhode Island, 2012
  • MA: Counseling Psychology, Pacific University, 2004

Personal life 

I grew up in Hawaii and live in Portland, OR, with my middle-schooler. When I’m not embarrassing my child or fending off eye-rolls, I split my time between wrangling my doodles and “eviling” my stepchildren.