Sandra H. Berry

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Chair, Human Subjects Protection Committee; Senior Behavioral Scientist; Core Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Senior Director Survey Research Group
Santa Monica Office


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


Sandra Berry is a Senior Behavioral Scientist at RAND Corporation, a Core Professor at Pardee RAND Graduate School and the Senior Director of RAND's Survey Research Group. She teaches courses on research design and methods at RAND and for the Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA. She is the Chair of the Human Subjects Protection Committee charged with ensuring ethical treatment of RAND research participants and compliance with regulations governing research with human subjects.

She specializes in evaluation of mental health prevention and early interventions programs in California and rigorous studies of rare or hard-to-study groups such as women with BPS/IC symptoms, HIV patients, adolescents, and 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.

She is a frequent reviewer for Pediatrics, Medical Care, and Journal of Urology. 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.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of CA Statewide Mental Health Prevention Programs