Ian D. Coulter

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RAND/Samueli Chair for Integrative Medicine and Senior Health Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in sociology, London School of Economics and Political Science

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Overview

Ian Coulter is a senior health policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, where he holds the Samueli Institute Chair in Policy for Integrative Medicine. He is a professor in the School of Dentistry, UCLA, in the Division of Public Health and Community Dentistry; a health consultant at RAND; a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School; and a research professor at the Southern California University of Health Sciences. Coulter has published over 150 articles. His recent grants include NIH grants for an Evidenced-Based Practices program in CAM; evaluation of hospital-based integrative medicine; and the context effects on the health encounter. He also holds grants from the DoD to conduct comparative effectiveness trials of chiropractic in military facilities; and an evaluation of the creation, implementation, and evaluation of health policies in Health Affairs.

Coulter was born in New Zealand and holds degrees in sociology from the University of Canterbury (B.A., M.A. Honors) and the London School of Economics & Political Science (Ph.D.) and an honorary doctorate in humanities from the Southern California University of Health Sciences. He was a Pew Fellow at the RAND/University of California at Los Angeles, Center for Health Policy Study from which he received a certificate in health policy analysis. Additional qualifications include a diploma in educational management from the Institute of Educational Management, Harvard University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Professor, UCLA School of Dentistry

Previous Positions

President, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College; Director, University of California, Los Angeles/Drew University Center for Minority Oral Health; Director, Education Abroad Program, University of California (Australia); Director, Integrative Medicine and Clinical Research, Samueli Institute

Recent Projects

  • Assessment Tools for Contextual Factors in Interactions in Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Systematic Review Program for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Evaluation of the Creation, Implementation, Evaluation of Health Policy in the DoD, Health Affairs
  • Comparative Effectiveness Trials of Chiropractic Care in the Military
  • Evaluation of Hospital Based Integrative Medicine

Selected Publications

Davis MA, Martin BI, Coulter ID, Weeks WB, "US Spending On Complementary And Alternative Medicine In 2002- 2008 Plateaued, Suggesting New Role In Reformed Health System," Health Affairs, 32(1):45-52, 2013

Coulter ID, "Comparative Effectiveness Research: Does the Emperor Have Clothes?" Alternative Therapies Health Med, 17(2):8-15, 2011

Coulter ID, Khorsan R, Crawford C, Hsiao AF, "Integrative Health Care Under Review: An Emerging Field.," J Manipulative Physiol Ther, 33(9):690-710, 2010

Khorsan R, York A, Coulter ID, Coeytaux R, Wurzman R, Walter J, "Patient-based Outcome Assessment Instruments in Acupuncture Research," Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 16(1):27-36, 2010

Coulter ID, Lester P, Yarvis J, "Social Fitness," Military Medicine, 175(8):88-96, 2010

Salhani D, Coulter ID, "The Politics of Interprofessional Working and the Struggle for Professional Autonomy in Nursing," Social Science and Medicine, :1221-1228, 2009

Coulter ID, Hilton L, Ryan G, Ellison M, Rhodes H., "Trials and Tribulations on the Road to Implementing Intergrative Medicine in a Hospital Setting," Health Sociology Review, 17(4):368-385, 2008

I. D. Coulter, Integration and Paradigm Clash: The Practical Difficulties of Integrative Medicine, RAND Corporation (EP-20040002), 2004

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, National Chiropractic Mutual Insurance Company
  • 2012 Erskine Fellow, Health Sciences Center, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • 1991 Outstanding Service to Chiropractic Education Award, Palmer College of Chiropractic

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