Julia Bandini

Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
Boston Office


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


Julia Bandini is an associate behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests center around health and aging with a focus on end-of-life care, palliative care, and advance care planning. Bandini's doctoral dissertation research examined family experiences of grief and bereavement following end-of-life decision-making in the intensive care setting. She is trained in qualitative research methods, including conducting and analyzing interviews, ethnographic observations, and focus groups. Her recent collaborations include research on ethical issues around life-sustaining treatment for patients with opioid use disorder, a group visit intervention on advance care planning for patients with heart failure, and religion and spirituality in end-of-life care. She received her B.A. in sociology from the College of the Holy Cross and Ph.D. in sociology from Brandeis University.

Selected Publications

Bandini, Julia, Andrew Courtwright, Angelika Zollfrank, Ellen M. Robinson, and Wendy Cadge, "The Role of Religious Beliefs in Ethics Committee Consultations for Conflict Over Life-Sustaining Treatment," Journal of Medical Ethics, 43(6), 2017

Conrad, Peter, Julia Bandini and Alexandria Vasquez. “Illness and the Internet: From Private to Public Experience, "Illness and the Internet: From Private to Public Experience," Health: An Interdisciplinary Journal for the Social Study of Health, Illness and Medicine , 20, 2016

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

Bandini, Julia, Christine Mitchell, Zachary Epstein-Peterson, Ada Amobi, Jonathan Cahill, John Peteet, Tracy Balboni, and Michael Balboni, "Student and Faculty Reflections of the Hidden Curriculum: How does the Hidden Curriculum Shape Students’ Medical Training and Professionalization?" American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 50(4), 2015

Bandini, Julia, Sara Shostak, David Cunningham, and Wendy Cadge, "Assessing Learning in a Sociology Department: What Do Students Say That They Learn?" Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 41(3), 2015

Conrad, Peter and Julia Bandini "Mental Illness as a Form of Deviance: Historical Notes and Contemporary Directions," in E. Goode, Wiley Handbook on Deviance, Wiley, 2014