Jennifer Hawes-Dawson

Senior Survey Director, RAND Survey Research Group
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in sociology, Goucher College


Jennifer Hawes-Dawson is a senior survey director at the RAND Corporation. She has over 30 years experience as a survey researcher in the RAND Survey Research Group. Hawes-Dawson has managed large and complex data collection operations for many diverse domestic and military survey projects. She designs, plans, and manages data collection systems and forms/surveys to support evaluations of school and community-based interventions and research studies on a variety of public policy issues (health disparities, adolescent health, preventive health care, etc.). Hawes-Dawson has a special interest and expertise in school-based data collection, surveys of military personnel and their families, and field data collection projects. As a Senior Survey Director, she managed field operations for over a dozen longitudinal studies in Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and other districts nationwide. Hawes-Dawson also has played a key role in establishing and sustaining successful community-academic partnerships to support CBPR at RAND and UCLA. In addition, she has expertise in quantitative (mail, telephone, and face-to-face surveys) and qualitative (focus groups, key expert interviews, case studies) methods. Currently, she is working on two NIH-funded CBPR projects focused on reducing obesity and diabetes among underserved Latinos and African Americans in two different settings (schools and urban churches) in LA County, and two DoD-funded surveys of military personnel, including one landmark study of sexual harassment and sexual assault and a newly funded population-based health survey of important behavioral health issues affecting the well-being of active duty and reserve/guard personnel.

Recent Projects

  • A Community-Academic Partnership to Address Obesity among LAUSD Youth
  • Health and Faith Partnership to Address Disparities in South LA
  • 2014 Workplace and Gender Relations Survey
  • 2015 Health-Related Behaviors Survey of Military Personnel

Selected Publications

Bogart LM, Cowgill BO, Elliott MN, Klein DJ, Hawes-Dawson J, Uyeda K, Elijah J, Binkle DG, Schuster, MA, "Students for Nutrition and eXercise (SNaX): A community-based participatory research study," Journal of Adolescent Health (forthcoming)

Derose KP, Mendel PJ, Kanouse DE, Bluthenthal RN, Castaneda LW, Hawes-Dawson J, Mata M, Oden CW, "Learning about urban congregations and HIV/AIDS: Community-based foundations for developing congregational health interventions," Journal of Urban Health, 87(4):617-630, 2010

Ellickson PL, Hawes JA, "An assessment of active versus passive methods for obtaining parental consent," Evaluation Review, 12(1):45-55, 1989