Regina Shih, PhD

The Program Director where she oversees RAND’s portfolio of research on the well-being of individuals and families across the lifespan. This portfolio includes child development and early childcare, retirement and disability, long-term services and supports, prevention, and public health.  She also conducts research to inform policy decisions in two primary areas: dementia epidemiology and family and formal caregiving. She led a blueprint report on U.S. dementia caregiving which was briefed to senior Hill staff and the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care, and Services, and provided Congressional testimony for a Medicare and Family Caregiving Senate hearing. She and her colleagues are currently working to characterize the influence of neighborhoods on dementia risk, to estimate the future supply of family caregivers for persons with dementia, to identify social network patterns that bolster the health and well-being of dementia caregivers, and to evaluate rural/urban and racial/ethnic disparities in Medicaid rebalancing effects on the health of, and risk of institutionalization among dual-eligible beneficiaries.  In addition to her work on caregiving, she conducts research on military families, traumatic brain injury, cardiovascular disease, sleep, mental health, substance use, and environmental policy for foundations and government agencies in the U.S. and abroad. She received her Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Program Director, Social and Behavioral Policy
RAND Corporation