Terri Tanielian

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Senior Social Research Analyst
Washington Office


M.A. in psychology, American University; B.A. in psychology, Boston University

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Terri Tanielian is a senior social research analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of interest include military and veterans health policy; military suicide; military sexual assault; psychological and behavioral effects of combat, terrorism, and disasters; public health emergency preparedness; and risk communication. She is currently leading a large prospective longitudinal study of military families across the deployment cycle and examining community based models for expanding mental health care for returning veterans and their families.

As the former director of the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, she spent a decade overseeing RAND's diverse military health research portfolio. She was the co–study director for a large, non-governmental assessment of the psychological, emotional, and cognitive consequences of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan entitled Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery. She was also the co-director for RAND's study Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers, the first representative study of military caregiving in the United States.

Tanielian has published numerous peer-reviewed articles. She was a member of the planning committee for the 18th, 22nd, and 26th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, which focused on mental health needs and recovery following September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and deployment of Reserve and Guard members to Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively.

Recent Projects

  • Psychological and cognitive injuries associated with combat and deployment
  • Access to mental health services in the military and veteran health systems
  • Needs and well-being of servicemembers, veterans, and their families
  • Suicide in the military
  • Psychological and behavioral aspects of terrorism, disasters, and public health emergencies

Selected Publications

Terri Tanielian, Laurie T Martin, Caroline Epley, Enhancing Capacity to Address Mental Health Needs of Veterans and Their Families: The Welcome Back Veterans Initiative, RAND Corporation (RR-719), 2014

Rajeev Ramchand, Terri Tanielian, Michael P. Fisher, Christine Anne Vaughan, Thomas E. Trail, Caroline Epley, Phoenix Voorhies, Michael Robbins, Eric Robinson and Bonnie Ghosh-Dastidar, Hidden Heroes: America's Military Caregivers, RAND Corporation (RR-499), 2014

Coreen Farris, Terry L Schell, Terri Tanielian, Physical and Psychological Health Following Military Sexual Assault: Recommendations for Care, Research, and Policy, RAND Corporation (OP-382), 2013

Terry L Schell and Terri Tanielian, A Needs Assessment of New York State Veterans, RAND Corporation (TR-920), 2011

Rajeev Ramchand, Jerey Miles, Lisa Jaycox, Grant Marshall, Terri Tanielian, "Prevalence and Correlates of Drinking Behaviors Among Previously Deployed Military and Matched Civilian Populations," Military Psychology, 23(1):6-21, 2011

Anita Chandra, Sandraluz Lara-Cinisomo, Lisa Jaycox, Terri Tanielian, Rachel Burns, Teague Ruder, Bing Han, "Children on the Homefront: The Experience of Children from Military Families," Pediatrics, 125(1):16-25, 2010

Terri Tanielian and Lisa H Jaycox, eds., Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery, RAND Corporation (MG-720), 2008

B. D. Stein et al., "Emotional and Behavioral Consequences of Bioterrorism: Planning a Public Health Response," The Milbank Quarterly, 82(3), 2004

Honors & Awards

  • President's Choice Award, 2008 and 2014, RAND Corporation
  • President's Award, 2009, RAND Corporation
  • Health Services Research Impact Award, 2011, AcademyHealth

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC America; C-SPAN Washington Journal; Homeland Response; NBC Nightly News; Newhouse News Service; Newsday; NPR; PBS; Roll Call


  • Military family walking on a path through the woods

    Honoring America's Veterans Requires Helping Their Families, Too

    This Veterans Day, the United States especially honors the millions of veterans living with service-related illnesses and injuries. But it's also important to recognize the sacrifices of those helping them to recover and thrive: America's 5.5 million military caregivers.

    Nov 11, 2014 | Family Studies

  • The Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona June 11, 2014

    Private Mental Health Providers Must Stand Ready to Help Veterans

    Not all veterans wish to seek services at or through the VA, and many may not meet eligibility criteria. The VA is a critical component of the health care delivery system for former U.S. servicemembers, but it cannot and should not comprise the system alone.

    Jun 27, 2014 | The Hill

  • Woman pushing a disabled man in a wheelchair

    One Military Caregiver's Story

    As America remembers those lost in battle this Memorial Day, it should not forget the sacrifices of those who care for the wounded survivors. Rachel O'Hern tells the story of her life as a military caregiver, one of millions of American wives, husbands, siblings, parents, children, and friends who support service members and veterans with physical or emotional injuries or illnesses.

    May 23, 2014 | The RAND Blog

  • Army husband and wife

    Four Ways to Help Military Caregivers

    As momentum continues to build, stakeholders across the board should keep in mind four broad recommendations for how to help military caregivers.

    Apr 15, 2014 | The RAND Blog

  • wife welcoming soldier home on Army leave

    A World Without America's Military Caregivers

    A world without military caregivers would be a harsher one for all, particularly for those who have served. Military caregivers' sacrifices improve the lives of wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans, more of whom would suffer without them.

    Mar 31, 2014 | The RAND Blog

  • soldier hugging friend

    Spotlight on America's Hidden Heroes: Military Caregivers

    Despite military caregivers' vital contributions, little is known about their numbers, the burden of caregiving that they shoulder, or the resources that exist to support them. To shed light on these "hidden heroes,” a RAND team conducted the largest, most comprehensive study to date of military caregivers.

    Mar 24, 2014

  • a man in a wheelchair with his wife and caregiver

    They Also Serve: Understanding the Needs of Military Caregivers

    Military families play a critical role in supporting U.S. servicemembers during deployment and afterwards. Equally vital but often less visible is the role played by those who care for the servicemembers who return with disabling injuries or illnesses and require long-term support beyond what the formal health care system provides.

    Nov 18, 2013 | The RAND Blog

  • man in wheelchair with caregiver

    A National Strategy for Supporting Military Caregivers

    The act of caring for a veteran takes a physical, mental, and economic toll on caregivers and their families. Giving caregivers the skills and resources they need to cope and thrive should be as much a priority as giving veterans medical care.

    Mar 7, 2013 | RAND.org

  • Soliders march in formation

    We Need a Public-Private Approach to Supporting Veterans

    Honoring the sacrifices of veterans should be front and center on our policy agenda and not limited to one day a year, says Terri Tanielian.

    Nov 12, 2012 | Newsday

  • Soldier who received help from the Air Force Wounded Warrior program

    Bridging the Gaps in Treating Veterans with Post-Deployment Mental Health Problems

    Delivery of evidence-based care to all veterans with PTSD or depression would pay for itself—or even save money—within two years by improving productivity and reducing medical and mortality costs, writes Terri Tanielian.

    Dec 5, 2011 | AcademyHealth

  • 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