Stefanie Howard

Assistant Dean, Admissions and Strategic Initiatives, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

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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Overview

Stefanie Stern Howard is assistant dean of admissions and strategic initiatives for the Pardee RAND Graduate School. She maintains overall responsibility for planning, directing, and coordinating the recruiting, admissions, orientation and related activities provided by the School. Howard manages Pardee RAND external communications including the external website, social media, and Findings quarterly alumni newsletter. She also, as directed by the dean, leads strategic initiatives such as the Faculty Leaders Program, Eisenhower Fellowships, Cazier Energy and Environmental Sustainability Initiative, and outreach to foundations for support of the Pardee RAND program. Prior to transitioning to full time status at Pardee RAND, she was a senior project associate in RAND Health, working primarily on mental and behavioral health topics and emergency preparedness and community resilience.

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

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