Sangeeta C. Ahluwalia

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Associate Research Department Director, Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department; Senior Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in health policy, University of California, Berkeley

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Sangeeta Ahluwalia (she/her/hers) is associate research department director for the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She is also an adjunct associate professor of health policy at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Ahluwalia conducts research in two areas: 1) improving access and quality of end-of-life care and 2) improving public health emergency preparedness and response. Her end-of-life care research centers on quality measure development, evidence synthesis, and delivery system interventions to enhance advance care planning communication. She is currently project director of a CMS-funded effort to develop patient-reported quality measures for outpatient palliative care, and recently completed an NIH-funded grant to evaluate group visits for advance care planning. Her public health emergency research includes efforts to improve syndromic surveillance and understand individual-level barriers and facilitators to preparedness and response. She is an experienced qualitative researcher and is a fellow of the NIMH/VA Implementation Research Institute. Ahluwalia received her Ph.D. in health policy and M.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, and her M.P.H from UCLA.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Associate Professor of Health Policy, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Recent Projects

  • MACRA Palliative Care Quality Measure Development
  • NCP Clinical Guidelines for Palliative Care Systematic Review
  • Group visits for advance care planning among older adults with heart failure
  • Development and Maintenance of Post-acute Care Cross Setting Standardized Patient Assessment Data
  • Understanding the Relationship Between Health Care Delivery Systems and PCOR Processes and Outcomes

Honors & Awards

  • Leonard Schaeffer Medal for Mission and Impact, RAND Corporation
  • Finalist, SGIM Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award for Outstanding Scientific Abstract, SGIM
  • Finalist, SGIM Outstanding Scientific Abstract in Geriatrics, SGIM


  • Medical Professionals

    Amidst a Pandemic, a Mental Health Crisis May Be Looming

    The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on health care workers' mental health could be significant and may weaken the health care system's ability to resolve the crisis and survive over the long term. Interventions to promote psychological well-being should be implemented now.

    Apr 1, 2020

    The RAND Blog

  • End of Life Care

    Let People Make Their Own End-of-Life Decisions

    Major advances in health technology have helped people to live longer, but not necessarily better, lives. Medicare recently announced plans to reimburse providers for time spent counseling patients and their caregivers about the kind of care patients would want to receive near the end of their lives.

    Jul 15, 2015