Sandra H. Berry

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Senior Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles


Sandra Berry is a senior behavioral scientist at RAND Corporation and the senior director of RAND's Survey Research Group. She specializes in rigorous studies of rare or hard-to-study groups such as women with BPS/IC symptoms, HIV patients, adolescents, and most recently gay men and lesbians in the US military. She has worked on the MOS study which developed many commonly used quality of life measures (including the SF-36); HCSUS, a national probability sample study of HIV US adults in care; and a national study of costs of care for patients enrolled in government-sponsored clinical trials. Her recent work has included measurement of functional issues in low vision, effects of media exposure on adolescent sexual risk behavior, home care giving for end stage pulmonary and heart patients, and long range decision making by public officials on topics where there is deep uncertainty.

Berry is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and teaches courses on research design and methods for the RWJ Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA. She is a frequent reviewer for Public Opinion Quarterly, Medical Care, Journal of Urology, and the American Journal of Public Health. She has been a methodological advisor on statistical and data collection methods to the U.S. Census, the Centers for Disease Control, and to several National Academy of Science panels. She serves on RAND's Human Subjects Protection Committee.