Stefanie Howard

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Director, Admissions and Academic Services, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Senior Project Associate
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in higher education and organizational change, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in economics and sociology, University of California, Davis

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Stefanie (Stern) Howard is a senior project associate at the RAND Corporation and director of admissions and academic services at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She provides research analysis and project management for a wide range of community-based health promotion and disease prevention projects. She serves as project manager for the National Health Security Strategy project, which is a multiyear, multimillion dollar effort being sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

She also leads the processes and communications associated with the Pardee RAND Graduate School's annual recruiting, application, admissions, and admitted-students weekend.

She received her B.A. in economics and sociology from the University of California, Davis, and her M.A. in higher education and organizational change from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Recent Projects

  • National Health Security Strategy: Building Community Reslience to Disasters
  • Project CHOICE: A Brief Voluntary Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drug Intervention for Middle School Youth
  • CONNECT!: Health Related Behaviors of Homeless and Runaway Teens and Young Adults in Los Angeles County
  • Project BRIGHT: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Intervention Addressing Depression in People with Substance Abuse
  • Emergency Preparedness and Risk Communication for Vulnerable Populations

Selected Publications

D'Amico, E.J., Chinman, M., Stern, S.A. & Wandersman, A. "Adolescent substance abuse: Evidenced-based approaches to prevention and treatment," in C. Leukefeld, T. Gullotta & M. Staton-Tindall, Community prevention handbook on adolescent substance abuse prevention and treatment: Evidence-based practices, Springer Science + Business Media, 2009

Ryan, G.W., Stern, S.A., Hilton, L., Tucker, J.S., Kennedy, D.P., Golinelli, D., & Wenzel, S.L., "When, where, why and with whom homeless women engage in risky sexual behaviors: A framework for understanding complex and varied decision-making processes," Sex Roles, 61(7-8):536-553, 2009

D'Amico, E.J., Miles, J.N.V., Stern, S.A., & Meredith, L.S., "Brief motivational interviewing for teens at risk for substance use consequences: A randomized pilot study in a primary care clinic," Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 35(1):53-61, 2008

Stern, S.A. & Chan Osilla, K. "Treatment, behavioral approaches to: Motivational and brief," in P. Korsmeyer, & H.R. Kranzler, Encyclopedia of Drugs, Alcohol, and Addictive Behavior, Macmillan Reference USA, 2008

Stern, S.A., & Chan Osilla, K. "Treatment access and retention," in G.L. Fisher, Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery, Sage Publications, Inc., 2008

Stern, S.A., Meredith, L.S., Gholson, J., Gore, P., & D'Amico, E.J., "Project CHAT: A brief motivational substance use intervention for teens in primary care," Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 32(2):153-65, 2007

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal Award (2012), RAND Corporation