Joie D. Acosta

Joie D. Acosta
Senior Behavioral/Social Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in community and cultural psychology, University of Hawai'i; M.A. in psychology, University of Hawai'i; B.A. in psychology, University of Richmond

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Joie Acosta is a senior behavioral/social scientist at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in community-based research focused on the implementation and evaluation of prevention and health promotion programs in the areas of public health, positive youth development, substance abuse, sexual assault prevention, and mental health. Her recent RAND publications include Countering Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment in the U.S. Military: Lessons from RAND Research (Acosta et al., 2021) and Adapting to Adversity amid a Global Pandemic: Stakeholder Insights About Progress and Next Steps for Taking Integrative Action to Build Resilient Systems (Acosta et al., 2021). Acosta received her Ph.D. in community and cultural psychology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Recent Projects

  • Transforming public health data
  • Evaluating the integration and effectiveness of the new prevention workforce in the U.S. military
  • Evaluating a positive youth development approach to improving school climate
  • Improving sexual assault prevention in the military with Getting To Outcomes
  • Public health use of current resources and existing surveillance systems to monitor mental and BH during and after an emergency: turning data into action

Selected Publications

Acosta, J., Chinman, M., Ebener, P., Malone, P.S., Phillips, A., & Wilks, A. , Evaluation of a Whole-School Change Intervention: Findings from a Two-Year Cluster-Randomized Trial of the Restorative Practices Intervention, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 2019

Acosta, J., Chinman, M., & Phillips, A. "Promoting Positive Youth Development Through Healthy Middle School Environments," in R. Dimitrova & N. Wiium (Eds.), Handbook of Positive Youth Development in a Global Context - Bridging the Gaps Between Research, Policy, and Practice, , 2019 (forthcoming)

Joie D. Acosta, Matthew Chinman, Patricia A. Ebener, Patrick S. Malone, Jill S. Cannon, Elizabeth J. D'Amico, "Sustaining an Evidence-Based Program Over Time Moderators of Sustainability and the Role of the Getting to Outcomes® Implementation Support Intervention," Prevention Science, 21, 2021

Honors & Awards

  • Silver Medal, RAND
  • Mentor of the Year, RAND

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Psychology Today online

Commentary: Education Week; Montgomery Advertiser; Orange County Register