M. Audrey Burnam

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Senior Behavioral Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in social psychology, University of Texas at Austin; B.A. in psychology, University of Arizona

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Audrey Burnam is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. She has been conducting mental health and substance abuse research for more than 25 years and has directed studies on the epidemiology of mental health and substance abuse problems and on delivery of services for persons with these problems. Relevant research includes an experimental evaluation of integrated mental health and substance abuse services for homeless persons with serious mental illness; an evaluation of benefit parity for mental health and substance abuse benefits as part of the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program; a review of state initiatives to integrate mental health and substances abuse services for those with serious mental illness; and case studies to understand the role of state leadership and policies in implementation of evidence-based practices for treatment of serious mental illness, including co-occurring mental and substance abuse disorders. Burnam received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Previous Positions

Manager, Behavioral and Social Sciences Group; Director, Center for Research in Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health, RAND Health; Codirector, RAND Drug Policy Research Center

Recent Projects

  • Integrated primary and behavioral health care
  • Behavioral health benefit parity
  • Mental health care for military servicemembers and veterans
  • Treatment of teen depression in primary care settings
  • Quality of psychotherapy in usual care

Selected Publications

Burnam, M. A., Hepner, K. A., & Miranda, J., "Future research on psychotherapy practice in usual care," Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 2009

Burnam, M.A., Meredith, L.M., Tanielian, T., & Jaycox, L.H., "Mental health care for Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans," Health Affairs, 28(3):771-782, 2009

Watkins, K.E., Burnam, M.A., Orlando, M. Escarce, J.J., Huskamp, H.A., & Goldman, H.H., "The health value and cost of care for major depression," Value in Health, 12:65-72, 2009

Edelen, M.O., Burnam, M.A., Watkins, K.E., Escarce, J.J., Huscamp, H., Goldman, H.H., & Rachelefsky, G.G., "Obtaining utility estimates of the health value of commonly prescribed treatments for asthma and depression," Medical Decision Making, 28:732-750, 2008

Isett, K.R., Burnam, M.A., Coleman-Beattie B., Hyde P.S., Morrissey J.P., Magnabosco J.L., et al., "The role of state mental health authorities in managing change for the implementation of evidence-based practices," Community Mental Health Journal, 44(3):195-211, 2008

Burnam, M.A., & Watkins, K.E., "Substance abuse with mental disorders: Specialized public systems and integrated care," Health Affairs, 25(3):648-658, 2006

Joyce, G.F., Chan, K.S., Orlando M., & Burnam, M.A., "Mental health status and use of general medical services for persons with Human Immunodeficiency Virus," Medical Care, 43(8):834-839, 2005