Megan K. Beckett

Behavioral/Social Scientist
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in sociology, University of Michigan; M.H.S.A. in health services management and policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health; B.A. in psychology, Willamette University

Media Resources

This researcher is available for interviews.

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Megan K. Beckett is a behavioral/social scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of interest and experience include health disparities, healthcare quality, measure development, Medicare, vulnerable populations, experiences with health care, demography and program evaluation.  She has published in a range of journals, including Health Affairs, Health Services Research, Medical Care Research & Review, Statistics in Medicine, JGIM, Pediatrics, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Ambulatory Pediatrics, AIDS and Behavior, Public Opinion Quarterly, and Journal of Social and Health Behavior. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.

Recent Projects

  • CMS Medicare Star ratings
  • Medicare Advantage Disenrollment Survey
  • Health Equity Innovation Incubator

Selected Publications

Susan J. Bodilly and Megan Beckett, Making Out-of-School-Time Matter: Evidence for an Action Agenda, RAND Corporation (MG-242), 2005

Beckett MK, Elliott MN, Gaillot S, Haas A, Dembosky JW, Giordano LA, Brown J. (, "Establishing limits for supplemental items on a standardized national survey.," Public Opinion Quarterly, 2016

Beckett, MK, PA Morrison, "Assessing the Need for a New Medical School: A Case Study in Applied Demography," Population Research and Policy Review, 2009

Beckett, MK., Borman, G., Capizzano, J., Parsley, D., Ross, S., Schirm, A., & Taylor, J, "Structuring out-of-school time to improve academic achievement: A practice guide.," U.S. Department of Education, 2009

Beckett MK, Elliott MN, Ritenour D, Giordano LA, Grace CG, Malinoff R, Saliba D., "Adapting VES-13 to Predict Mortality using Responses to the Medicare Health Outcomes Survey," Journal of American Geriatrics Society (forthcoming)

Beckett MK, MN Elliott, DE Kanouse, R Corona, S Martino, D Klein, MA Schuster, "Is the Big Talk after the Fact? Timing of Parent and Child Communication about Sexuality Relative Children’s Sexual Behaviors," Pediatrics

Elliott MN, Beckett MK, Lehrman WG, Cleary PD, Cohea C, Giordano LA, Goldstein E, Damberg C., "Understanding the Role Played by Medicare’s Patient Experience Points System in Hospital Reimbursement.," Health Affairs, 35(9), 2016

Beckett MK, Elliott MN, Burkhart Q, Cleary PD, Orr N, Brown JA, Gaillot S, Liu K, Hays RD., "The Effects of Survey Version on Patient Experience Scores and Plan Rankings," Health Services Research

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Education Week; Los Angeles Times; San Diego Union-Tribune

Commentary: Education Week; San Diego Union-Tribune


  • Why We Need to Study the Tutors

    Based on the results of statewide standardized tests, more than 15 percent of U.S. schools are in need of improvement. The students attending these schools need help, writes Megan Beckett.

    Jan 20, 2010 Education Week

  • Monitor After-School Programs Carefully

    Now that California schools have access to up to $550 million in new assistance annually under Proposition 49 to fund after-school programs, wise choices need to be made to ensure the money will be used for programs that give children the maximum benefit, writes Megan Beckett in an commentary.

    Jan 2, 2003 San Diego Union-Tribune