Terry L. Schell

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Senior Behavioral Scientist
Santa Monica Office

Education

Ph.D. in social psychology, M.A. in psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara; B.A. in psychology, Reed College

Media Resources

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Overview

Terry L. Schell is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. Much of his recent research has focused on post-traumatic stress disorder, among civilian survivors of community violence as well as service members who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. That research has been published in a wide array of peer-reviewed journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Journal of Traumatic Stress. Prior to joining RAND, Schell conducted a number of investigations into basic psychosocial issues such as effects of attitudes and norms on behavior and biases in social perception that lead to discrimination. At RAND, Schell has worked on a variety of projects as a social psychologist and psychometrician. This includes research that investigates the long-term effects of violence on mental health, the effects of advertising on adolescent drinking, the effectiveness of criminal rehabilitation programs, the effectiveness of terrorism security measures, the evaluation of drug treatment programs, the relationship between traumatic stress and substance use, and assessing racial equity in policing. Schell received his Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where he received specialized training in advanced multivariate statistics and psychological measurement.

Recent Projects

  • A needs assessment of returning veterans and their families in New York State

Selected Publications

T. L. Schell et al., "Dynamic Effects Among Patients' Treatment Needs, Beliefs, and Utilization: A Pro-spective Study of Adolescents in Drug Treatment," Health Services Research, 40(4), 2005

T. L. Schell et al., "Measuring Developmental Changes in Alcohol Expectancies," Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 19(2), 2005

G. N. Marshall et al., "Mental Health of Cambodian Refugees 2 Decades After Resettlement in the United States," Journal of the American Medical Association, 295(5), 2005

T. L. Schell et al., "All Symptoms Are Not Created Equal: The Prominent Role of Hyperarousal in the Natural Course of Posttraumatic Psychological Distress," Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 113(2), 2004

M. Chinman et al., "Computer-Assisted Self-Assessment in Persons with Severe Mental Illness," Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 65(10), 2004

Commentary

  • depressed teenage boy with handgun

    Can Improved Mental Health Care Prevent Gun Crimes? The Truth Is, We Don't Know

    If policymakers and the public expect the mental health community to play a significant role in preventing future incidents like Newtown, the mental health research agenda must become a higher national priority in future federal funding decisions, writes Terry Schell.

    Jan 17, 2013 | RAND.org

  • War's Invisible Wounds

    Nearly 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan service veterans who have returned home -- about one in five -- may suffer from combat-stress-related mental health problems. Our veterans ought to get the best available treatments our nation can offer, but they don't, write authors Terry Schell, Terri Tanielian and Lisa Jaycox.

    Sep 28, 2008 | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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