Lisa S. Meredith

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Senior Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in applied social psychology, Claremont Graduate University; M.A. in general experimental psychology, California State University, Northridge; B.A. in psychology, California State University, Northridge

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Lisa Meredith is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. She is also a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and a research scientist at the VA/UCLA/RAND Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior, a VA HSR&D Field Program.

Meredith conducts research on mental health services including health care provider behavior, quality improvement, military mental health, psychological effects of terrorism, and public health risk communication. Currently, she is leading a 5-year National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) randomized trial to study the effectiveness of a PTSD care management program to improve the care for PTSD in primary care community health centers. She is also leading the primary care clinician and staff evaluation of Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT) as part of the VA Assessment and Improvement Laboratory for Patient-Centered Care (VAIL-PCC), an initiative currently underway across VA medical centers.

Meredith has led several mental health studies funded by NIMH, AHRQ, RWJF, and the DoD (including a study of resilience in the U.S. military and a study of information needs of military personnel, veterans, and their families) and she was a lead investigator of RAND's Invisible Wounds study of the mental health needs of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles. She served as a standing member on an AHRQ scientific review committee and was deputy editor of the journal Medical Care from 2002 to 2007. Meredith received her Ph.D. in applied social psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Research Scientist, VA HSR&D Center of Excellence for the Study of Healthcare Provider Behavior

Recent Projects

  • Alcohol Screening in an Ethnically Diverse Sample of Adolescents in Primary Care
  • Accelerating the Implementation of Comprehensive Women's Health Care for the VA
  • Improving PTSD Management in Primary Care
  • Promoting Resilience in the Military
  • Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Demo Lab

Selected Publications

Meredith, S., Sherbourne, C., Gaillot, S., J., Hansell, L., Ritschard, H.V., Parker, A.M., Wrenn, G., Promoting Psychological Resilience in the U.S. Military, RAND Corporation (MG-966-OSD), 2011

Meredith, L. S., Eisenman, D. P., Tanielian, T., Taylor, S. L., Basurto-Davila, R., Zazzali, J., et al., "Prioritizing "psychological" consequences for disaster preparedness and response: A framework for addressing the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive effects of patient surge in large-scale emergencies," Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 4:100-179, 2010

Meredith L.S., Zazzali, J.L., Shields, S., Eisenman, D.P., Alsabagh, H., "Psychological effects of patient surge in large-scale emergencies: a quality improvement tool for hospital and clinic capacity planning and response," Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 25:115-6, 2010

Meredith, L. S., Stein, B. D., Paddock, S. M., Jaycox, L. H., Quinn, V. P., Chandra, A., et al., "Perceived barriers to treatment for adolescent depression," Medical Care, 47:677-685, 2009

Meredith, L. S., Eisenman, D. P., Green, B. L., Basurto-Davila, R., Cassells, A., & Tobin, J. N., "System factors affect the recognition and management of post-traumatic stress disorder by primary care clinicians," Medical Care, 47:686-694, 2009

Meredith, L. S., Cheng, W. J. Y., Hickey, S. C., & Dwight-Johnson, M., "Factors associated with primary care clinician choice of a watchful waiting approach to managing depression," Psychiatric Services, 58:72-78, 2007

Meredith, L. S., Eisenman, D. P., Rhodes, H., Ryan, G., Long, A., "Trust influences response to public health messages during a bioterrorist event," Journal of Health Communication, 12:217-232, 2007

Meredith, L. S., Mendel, P., Pearson, M, Wu, S. Y. Joyce, G., Straus, J. B., et al., "Implementation and maintenance of quality improvement for treating depression in primary care," Psychiatric Services, 57:48-55, 2006


  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Vulnerable Populations

    June is National PTSD Awareness Month and June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day, providing an opportunity to recognize the challenges faced by survivors of trauma who live with PTSD symptoms. RAND research is helping increase awareness about the disorder and inform policy about how to prevent and address it.

    Jun 26, 2012