Patricia M. Herman

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Senior Behavioral & Social Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in psychology and research methods, University of Arizona; N.D. in naturopathic medicine, Bastyr University; M.S. in agricultural economics, Iowa State University


Patricia Herman is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. Her research centers on health economics, innovative care models, individuals' health decisions, and overall quality of life. Herman is an NIH/NCCAM-trained methodologist, resource economist, and licensed naturopathic doctor. For more than 30 years, Herman has conducted policy and cost-effectiveness analyses concerning water rights, waste recycling, energy and water conservation, and health care.

Her projects include cost-effectiveness analyses of yoga and mindfulness-based stress reduction for low back pain; tailored navigation for colorectal cancer screening; drug treatment as an alternative to prison; integrative primary care; implementation support for evidence-based youth programs; and complementary and alternative medicine use for psychological health and traumatic brain injury in the military.

Herman has written three books on economic evaluation methods; taught more than 100 workshops; published two systematic reviews of economic evaluations of complementary and integrative medicine; and coauthored a paper on the economics of integrative medicine for the IOM's 2009 Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public. She was awarded an R01 to examine the impact of including costs in determining appropriate care for chronic neck and back pain. Her other health services research projects include testing whether conjoint analysis could improve the incorporation of behavioral health into primary care, the predictors and consequences of medical debt, and estimating the impacts of a statewide smoking ban. Herman received her Ph.D. in psychology program evaluation and research methods from the University of Arizona.