Joie D. Acosta

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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 provides managerial, research, evaluation, and technical expertise on projects related to implementation science; positive youth development; community resilience to disasters; and mental health. Her recent RAND publications include Measuring Barriers to Mental Health Care in the Military (Acosta et al., 2018) and An Agenda to Advance Integrative Resilience Research and Practice (Acosta et al., 2017). Acosta received her Ph.D. in community and cultural psychology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

Recent Projects

  • Building community resilience to disasters
  • Reducing mental health stigma in the military
  • Evaluating a positive youth development approach to improving school climate
  • Improving sexual assault prevention in the military with Getting To Outcomes
  • Planning economic and disaster recovery in the US Virgin Islands

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)

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