Terri Tanielian is a senior social research analyst at the RAND Corporation. Tanielian's 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, conducting a needs assessment of military caregivers, 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, donor-funded 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 also completed a congressionally mandated evaluation of a TRICARE demonstration to expand access to mental health counselors. She was the co–principal investigator for a study examining the relationship of health care decisionmaking and perception of risk among individuals treated for anthrax exposure during the fall of 2001.
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.
- 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
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
Rajeev Ramchand, Terry Schell, Lisa Jaycox, Terri Tanielian "Epidemiology of Trauma Events and Mental Health Outcomes Associated with War-Zone Deployment," in J. Ruzek, P. Schnurr, M. Friedman, and J. Vasterling, Veterans of the Global War on Terror, American Psychological Association, 2010
Terri Tanielian and H. Lisa 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, 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