Benjamin Batorsky

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Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. candidate in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.H., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; B.A. in English and history, Rutgers University


Benjamin Batorsky is a doctoral candidate at Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. He graduated from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2012, earning a Master's in Public Health. He previously worked at the Veterans Affairs Medical Centers in New Jersey and Washington, D.C., as a research coordinator on various projects related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and resilience. At Hopkins, he became involved in studying environmental effects on health, specifically healthy eating and obesity. Batosrky has been trained in both qualitative and quantitative methods of analysis. His current interests are data science, environmental impacts on health, machine learning, government technology, social media data analysis and the use of public data to generate insights for public good.

Selected Publications

Gittelsohn J, Lee SH, Batorsky B., "A systematic review of community-based prepared food source interventions," American Journal of Preventative Medicine (forthcoming)

Noomohamed A, Lee SH, Batorsky B, Jackson A, Newman S, Gittelsohn J, "Factors Influencing Ordering Practices at Baltimore City Carryouts: Qualitative Research to Inform an Obesity Prevention Intervention," Ecology of Food and Nutrition (forthcoming)

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, Rutgers University