Joie Acosta is a behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and on the faculty of the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She provides managerial, research, evaluation, and technical expertise on projects related to public health; preventing violence and substance abuse; emergency preparedness and response; and systems change. Her recent RAND publications include Building Community Resilience to Disasters: A Way Forward to Enhance National Health Security (Chandra et al., 2011); Source Materials for the Healthy Communities Toolkit: A Resource Guide for Community and Faith-Based Organizations (Acosta et al., 2011); and Patient Incentives to Motivate Doctor Visits and Reduce Hypertension Disparities (Martin et al., 2011). Acosta received her Ph.D. in community and cultural psychology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.
- Building community resilience to disasters
- Preventing suicide in the U.S. military
- Behavioral health in the District of Columbia: assessing need and evaluating the public system of care
- The role of community and faith-based organizations in improving community well-being
Recent Media Appearances
Commentary: Montgomery Advertiser