Daniela Golinelli

Adjunct Senior Statistician
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in statistics, University of Washington, Seattle


Daniela Golinelli is an adjunct senior statistician at the RAND Corporation. Golinelli has over 10 years of experience in designing, implementing, and overseeing all the data-related operations (from devising the sampling design and randomization schemes, to the primary data collection and field related issues, to creating sampling weights and the final analysis of the collected data) for several large NIH and BJS funded studies. She has extensive experience in developing complex sampling designs for hard-to-reach populations, such as the homeless (she has implemented designs to sample homeless from shelters, meal lines, and streets). She also has extensive experience in analyzing complex survey data, from the computation of sampling weights to the development of sophisticated statistical models. In addition, she has designed randomization schemes and led analyses for several large, mental health randomized intervention studies, such as the study of coordinated care for the management of anxiety (CALM). Her methodological interests focus on sampling techniques for hard-to-reach populations, analysis of survey data, propensity scores, hierarchical models, personal networks, and Bayesian statistics. Recently Golinelli was the Unit Chief for the Corrections Statistics Program at the Bureau of Justice Statistics, prior to that she was a Senior Statistician at the RAND Corporation and Professor at the Pardee RAND graduate school. Golinelli received her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Washington.

Recent Projects

  • Smoking behavior among homeless youth
  • Drug abuse, violence, and HIV in impoverished women
  • Improving care for anxiety in primary care
  • Military spouse employment index
  • Computer security survey

Selected Publications

Golinelli D, Tucker J, Ryan G, Wenzel S., "Strategies for obtaining probability samples of homeless youth," Field Methods, 2015

Chavira DA, Golinelli D, Sherbourne C, Stein M. et al, "Treatment engagement and response to CBT among Latinos with anxiety disorders in primary care.," Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2014

Glenn D, Golinelli D, Rose R, Roy-Byrne P, Stein M, Sullivan G, Bystritksy A, Sherbourne C, Craske M, "Who gets the most out of cognitive behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders? The role of treatment dose and patient engagement," Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2013

Golinelli D, Ridgeway G, Rhoades H, Tucker J, Wenzel S., "Bias and variance trade-offs when combining propensity score weighting and regression: with an application to HIV status and homeless men," Health Services and Outcomes Research Methodology, 2012

Wenzel SL, Tucker JS, Golinelli D, Green HD, Zhou A, "Personal network correlates of alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use among homeless youth," Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 2010

Golinelli D, Ryan G, Green HD, Kennedy DP, Tucker JS, Wenzel SL, "Sampling to reduce respondent burden in personal network studies and its effect on estimates of structural measures," Field Methods, 2010

Nicholas M. Pace, Laura Zakaras, and Daniela Golinelli, Capping Non-Economic Awards in Medical Malpractice Trials, RAND Corporation (MG-234), 2004

Margaret C. Harrell, Nelson Lim, Laura Werber Castaneda, and Daniela Golinelli, Working Around the Military, RAND Corporation (MG-196), 2004