Roland Sturm is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, where he teaches advanced econometrics. He is the author of 150 scientific publications. Sturm's research has focused on how urban design and neighborhood characteristics affect lifestyles and health; the effects of obesity, physical activity, smoking, and problem drinking on health care costs; changes of mental health and substance abuse services under managed care; and effects of the parity legislation for behavioral health care. In 2001, he was awarded the National Institute of Health Care Management's Award for Excellence in Health Services Research. He has testified before the U.S. Senate, House of Representatives, and state legislatures. Sturm received an M.S. in economics from the University of Florida and an M.A. in statistics and Ph.D. in economics from Stanford University.
Sturm R, An R, Segal D, Patel P, "A cash-back rebate program for healthy food purchases in South Africa: results from scanner data," American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 44(6):567-572, 2013
An R, Sturm R, "School and Residential Neighborhood Food Environment and Diet Among California Youth," American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 42(2):129-35, 2012
Sturm R, Powell LM, Chriqui JF, Chaloupka FJ, "Soda Taxes, Soft Drink Consumption, and Children's Body Mass Index," Health Affairs, 29(5):1052-8, 2010
Sturm R, Cohen DA, "Zoning for Health? The Year-old Ban On New Fast-Food Restaurants in South Los Angeles," Health Affairs, 28(6):w1088-98, 2009
R. Sturm, "Stemming the Global Obesity Epidemic: What Can We Learn From Data about Social and Economic Trends," Public Health, 122(8):1140-1143, 2008
Wells KB, Sturm R, Sherbourne CD, Meredith LS, Caring For Depression, Harvard University Press