Marika Booth

Marika Booth
Statistical Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in biostatistics, University of California at Los Angeles


Marika Suttorp Booth (she/her) is a statistical analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her current projects include systematic reviews and meta-analysis of social health determinants and robotic bariatric surgery. She analyzes the impact of socio-economic and disability status on STAR ratings and is evaluating the value-based insurance design model test for CMS. She is estimating desistance in South Dakota using criminal history data.  She has specific experience with meta-analysis and propensity score estimation, as well as analyzing Delphi appropriateness panel data. She uses SAS, R, and STATA. She received her M.S. in biostatistics from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model
  • South Dakota Desistance Study

Selected Publications

Griffin BA, Booth MS, Busse M, "Estimating the Casual Effects of Modifiable, Non-genetic Factors on Huntington Disease Progression Using Propensity Score Weighting," Parkinsonism Related Disorders, 2021

Khodyakov D, Grant S, Meeker D, Booth M, Pacheco-Santivanez N, Kim KK, "Comparative Analysis of Stakeholder Experiences with an Online Approach to Prioritizing Patient-Centered Research Topics," Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 2017

Newberry SJ, Fitzgerald JD, Motala A, Booth M, Maglione MA, Han D, Tariq A, O'Hanlon CE, Shanman R, Dudley W, Shekelle PG, "Diagnosis of Gout: A systematic review in support of an American Collage of Physicians Clinical Practice Guideline," Annals of Internal Medicine, 2017

Hilton L, Maher AR, Colaiaco B, Apaydin E, Sorbero ME, Booth M, Shanman R, Hempel, S, "Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2017

Kulesza M, Hunter SB, Shearer AL, Booth M, "Relationship between Provider Stigma and Predictors of Staff Turnover among Addiction Treatment Providers," Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 35(1), 2017

O'Hanlon CE, Newberry S, Booth M, Grant S, Motala A, Maglione M, Fitzgerald JD, Shekelle PG, "Hyaluronic acid injection therapy for osteoarthritis of the knee: concordant efficacy and conflicting serious adverse events in two systematic reviews," Systematic Reviews, 5(1), 2016

Dawes AJ, Maggard Gibbins M, Ruelaz Maher A, Booth MJ, Miake-Lye, IM, Beroes JM, Shekelle PG, "Mental Health Conditions Among Patients Seeking and Undergoing Bariatric Surgery: a Meta-Analysis," JAMA, 315(2), 2016

Nuckols T, Keeler EB, Morton SC, Anderson L, Doyle B, Booth M, Shanman RM, Grein JD, Shekelle PG, "Quality improvement interventions for bloodstream infections related to central catheters," JAMA Internal Medicine, 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Delta Omega Honor Society, American Public Health Association
  • Gold Medal Award, RAND Corporation


  • Immigrants and Emigrants

    Prior Removal and Recidivism

    President Obama's executive action on immigration includes a new program that targets immigration enforcement at those arrested for more serious offenses and those deemed to be risks to national security. Research shows that unauthorized immigrants who have been previously deported are more likely to be rearrested after jail release, so local public safety interests and federal immigration enforcement priorities may well align around immigrants with a record of prior removal.

    Dec 11, 2014

    The RAND Blog