Julia Bandini

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Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Boston Office


Ph.D. in sociology, Brandeis University; B.A. in sociology, College of the Holy Cross


Julia Bandini is an associate behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research centers around care for vulnerable and seriously-ill individuals including end-of-life care, palliative and hospice care, and advance care planning. She is trained in qualitative research methods, including conducting and analyzing interviews, ethnographic observations, and focus groups. Prior to coming to RAND, Bandini’s research focused on family experiences of grief and bereavement following end-of-life decision-making in the intensive care setting. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University.

Selected Publications

Julia Bandini, Danielle Schlang, Hyosin Kim, Melissa Bradley, Rebecca Anhang Price, Jennifer Bunker, Joan M. Teno, "‘If we turned our backs, they would ignore our wishes’: Bereaved family perceptions of concordance of care at the end of life," Journal of Palliative Medicine, 24(11), 2021

Julia I. Bandini, Alexis Coulourides Kogan, Bonnie Olsen, Jessica Phillips, Rebecca L. Sudore, David B. Bekelman, Sangeeta C. Ahluwalia, "Feasibility of Disease-focused Group Visits for Advance Care Planning among Patients with Heart Failure and their Caregivers," Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine , 34(1), 2021

Julia Bandini, Julia Rollison, Katie Feistel, Laura Whitaker, Armenda Bialas, Jason Etchegaray, "Home Care Aide Safety Concerns and Job Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic," NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 2021

Julia I. Bandini, "Beyond the Hour of Death: Family Experiences of Grief and Bereavement Following an End-of-Life Hospitalization in the Intensive Care Unit," Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine, 2020

Julia I. Bandini, "Negotiating the ‘Buffet’ of Choice: Advances in Technology and End-of-Life Decision-Making in the Intensive Care Unit Setting," Sociology of Health & Illness , 42(4), 2020

Julia I. Bandini Mary Martha Thiel, Elaine C. Meyer, Sara Paasche-Orlow, Qian Zhang, and Wendy Cadge, "Interprofessional Spiritual Care Training for Geriatric Care Providers," Journal of Palliative Medicine , 22(10), 2019

Bandini, Julia I. , "The Medicalization of Bereavement: (Ab)normal Grief in the DSM-5," Death Studies, 39(6), 2015

Julia Bandini, Julia Rollison, Jason Etchegaray, "Journaling among home care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: A promising method for qualitative data collection," Qualitative Social Work, 2021