Dmitry Khodyakov

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Senior Sociologist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in sociology, Rutgers University; M.A. in sociology, Central European University, Warsaw; B.A. in sociology, University of Missouri


Dmitry Khodyakov is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the RAND Pardee Graduate School. His research focuses primarily on methods of expert elicitation and stakeholder engagement, intervention and program evaluation, research partnership development and maintenance, community-based participatory research, and ethics of stakeholder-engaged research.

As a methodologist, Khodyakov is an expert in qualitative and mixed-methods research, case study approaches, and methods of expert elicitation. His evaluation experiences range from evaluating worksite wellness programs and state health care worker influenza vaccination requirements to network-based approaches to intervention dissemination and the impact of community-academic partnered approaches on quality improvement intervention implementation and outcomes. Khodyakov led the study funded by the National Institutes of Health that explored research ethics in academic-community partnered projects. He is also a co-developer of the ExpertLens system and methodology of eliciting opinions from large, distributed, and diverse groups of stakeholders.

Khodyakov is the recipient of major national and international awards, including the 2015 Community Campus Partnerships for Health Annual Award, the 2014 Team Science Award from the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, the 2014 Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award from Health & Education Behavior, 2011 New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, and the 2006 Award for Junior Sociologists from the International Sociological Association. He earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Rutgers University.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Recent Projects

  • ExpertLens: A new online approach to expert elicitation
  • Ethics in partnered research projects
  • Evaluation of the impact of a 2006 law requiring that California hospital employees be vaccinated for influenza
  • Evaluation of the Community Partners in Care, a community-academic partnered QI intervention intended to improve depression care in two underserved communities in two Los Angeles
  • Assessment of the impact of workplace health and wellness programs

Selected Publications

Khodyakov, Dmitry, Susan Stockdale, Nina Smith, Marika Booth, Lisa Altman, and Lisa Rubenstein, "Patient Engagement in the Process of Planning and Designing Outpatient Care Improvements at the Veterans Administration Healthcare System: Findings from an Online Expert Panel," Health Expectations (forthcoming)

Khodyakov, Dmitry, Terrance D. Savitstky, and Siddhartha Dalal, "Collaborative Learning Framework for Online Stakeholder Engagement," Health Expectations., 9(4):868-882, 2016

Khodyakov, Dmitry, Lisa Mikesell, Ron Schraiber, Marika Booth, and Elizabeth Bromley, "On Using Ethical Principles of Community-Engaged Research in Translational Science," Translational Research, 171:52-62, 2016

Khodyakov, Dmitry, Susan Stockdale, Felica Jones, Elizabeth Ohito, Andrea Jones, Elizabeth Lizaola, and Joeseph Mango, "An Exploration of the Effect of Community Engagement in Research on Perceived Outcomes of Partnered Mental Health Services Projects," Society and Mental Health, 1(3):185-199, 2011

Khodyakov, Dmitry, Susanne Hempel, Lisa Rubenstein, Paul Shekelle, Robbie Foy, Susanne Salem-Schatz, Sean O'Neill, Margie Danz, and Siddhartha Dalal, "Conducting Online Expert Panels: A Feasibility and Experimental Replicability Study," BMC Medical Research Methodology, 11:174, 2011

Dalal, Siddhartha, Dmitry Khodyakov, Ramesh Srinivasan, Susan Straus, and John Adams, "ExpertLens: A System for Eliciting Opinions from a Large Pool of Non-Collocated Experts with Diverse Knowledge," Technology Forecasting and Social Change, 78(8):1426-1444, 2011

Khodyakov, Dmitry and Deborah Carr, "The Impact of Late-Life Parental Death on Adult Sibling Relationships: Do Advance Directives Help or Hurt?" Research on Aging, 31(5):495-519, 2009

Carr, Deborah and Dmitry Khodyakov, "Health Care Proxies in Later Life: Who Do We Choose and Why?" Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 48(2):180-194, 2007

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 New Investigator Award, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Team Science Award, Association for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award, Health Education & Behavior


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    What Makes Stakeholders Want to Become Involved in Research?

    Involving stakeholders in comparative-effectiveness research is important. But competing demands for their time can make this a challenge. Why do stakeholders get involved in this research, or not?

    May 2, 2016 The RAND Blog

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    What Do Stakeholders Say About Comparative-Effectiveness Research?

    Insurers, employers, and industry are some of the stakeholder groups that are critical to the success of comparative-effectiveness research. Current research models may not provide stakeholders with all the information they need to support their involvement.

    Apr 25, 2016 The RAND Blog

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    Are County Masking Requirements the Future of Influenza Prevention?

    If it doesn't seem that state laws as currently written can help increase the number of health care workers vaccinated against influenza, then what can? There is evidence that imposing consequences for vaccination refusal, including the requirement to wear a surgical mask, can help.

    Nov 20, 2013 The RAND Blog