Melissa Rowe

Melissa Rowe
Vice President, Global Research Talent
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in clinical psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

Overview

Melissa K. Rowe is Vice President, Global Research Talent at the RAND Corporation with over 15 years of senior executive experience. She has become an expert in matrix workforce management, and novel approaches to organizational, operational, and workspace design that cultivate an exceptionally collaborative and diverse scientific community and set the conditions for institutional impact, agility, and innovation.

Rowe is the CEO's principal strategic advisor on the development and sustainment of RAND's global research talent base with oversight spanning RAND's U.S.-based operations, international affiliates, and Pardee RAND Graduate School. She oversees a multidisciplinary staff of approximately 1,500 scientists, analysts, and research support professionals, encompassing over 100 different disciplinary backgrounds.

In 2015 Rowe established RAND's Impact Lab, which provides an internal platform for experimentation, professional training, and dissemination of best practices in extending RAND's impact and influence in policymaking, policy implementation, and the promulgation of innovative analytic methods.

Rowe also established the Methods Centers at RAND, six interdisciplinary centers of analytic excellence including: Center for Network Analysis and Systems Science, Center for Qualitative and Mixed Methods, Center for Decision Making Under Uncertainty, Center for Casual Inference, Center for Gaming, and Center for Scalable Computing and Analysis.

As a senior behavioral scientist, her research interests include behavioral health services, quality of care, arts education, K-12 education policy, STEM education, diversity and workforce management, democratization of technology, and innovation. Rowe received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from UCLA, and completed her clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh.

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