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, Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department, a health services researcher at the RAND Corporation, and an assistant professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her research centers on examining access to palliative care services early in the trajectory of chronic illness, particularly the integration of advance care planning in primary care. Her most recent work includes studies of patient-provider communication about end of life care, the use and role of health information technology in supporting communication in the ICU, pain screening approaches in primary care, and the quality of supportive care among patients with metastatic cancer. Her broader research interests include physician behavior, physician communication, quality measurement and improvement, and the role of interest groups in health policy development and implementation. Ahluwalia is currently principal investigator of an NIH-funded study to evaluate the use of group visits for advance care planning in outpatient settings, and another study to synthesize palliative care evidence to inform clinical practice guidelines. She has methodological expertise in evidence synthesis, qualitative research and implementation science, and is a fellow of the NIMH/VA Implementation Research Institute. She has significant experience with focus group, interview, and expert panel methods, as well as systematic reviews. Ahluwalia received her Ph.D. in health services and policy analysis and M.A. in political science from UC Berkeley, and her M.P.H from UCLA.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Assistant Professor of Health Policy, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health

Recent Projects

  • NCP Clinical Guidelines for Palliative Care Systematic Review
  • Group visits for advance care planning among older adults with heart failure
  • Destigmatizing Supervisory and Peer Reporting of Behaviors of Concern
  • 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

  • Finalist, SGIM Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Award for Outstanding Scientific Abstract, SGIM
  • Finalist, SGIM Outstanding Scientific Abstract in Geriatrics, SGIM


  • A health care worker in protective equipment enters the Brooklyn Hospital Center during the COVID-19 outbreak in Brooklyn, New York, March 31, 2020, photo by Brendan McDermid/Reuters

    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

  • An elderly man in a hospital bed visits with his family

    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 Newsweek