I am the Program Director of research at RAND that covers aging, retirement, disability, population health, prevention and social programs, and the well-being of children, youth, and families. I have over 15 years of research experience on the intersection between environment and health with a focus on mental disorders and dementia. My research broadly includes policy analysis, analysis of large datasets, study design, strategic planning, and program evaluation. My work is supported by grant and contract funding from the Department of Defense, CDC, private foundations, local and federal governments, and NIH (NIAAA, NIA, NIDA, NHLBI, NIMH, NIMHD).
I currently lead an NIH-funded project to evaluate Medicaid’s most comprehensive rebalancing effort to reduce institutionalization and increase access to home- and community-based long-term services and supports for dual-eligible beneficiaries. This project will examine racial/ethnic and rural/urban disparities in access and health outcomes, before and after Medicaid’s Balancing Incentives Program. Two CDC-funded projects that I recently completed involved developing public health tools to (1) prevent chemical exposures following climate change related events; and (2) help local public health and aging departments bolster preparedness for climate change-related events among older adults. Other recent projects include a national blueprint of policy solutions to improve dementia long-term services and supports; multi-method study resulting in policy recommendations for improving sleep in the U.S. military; evaluation of an RCT to prevent substance use among adolescents; and risk assessment to rank and prioritize environmental health risks in the U.A.E. and to develop metrics for meeting short- and long-term goals of a nationally-adopted environmental health action plan.
Program Director, Social and Behavioral Policy