Rachel M. Burns

rachel burns
Quantitative Analyst
Pittsburgh Office


M.P.H., University of Michigan; B.S., Ohio State University


Rachel M. Burns is a quantitative analyst at the RAND Corporation. During her tenure at RAND, she has worked on projects focused on substance abuse and drug policy, the mental health and well-being of military personnel returning from deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and their families, suicide epidemiology and prevention, adolescent health behaviors, occupational health and safety, access to and utilization of health care services, vaccinations, cancer survivorship, and patient safety and quality of care in hospitals. Burns is a proficient SAS programmer and has experience in qualitative and quantitative data management, collection, and analysis. Burns earned her M.P.H. degree in epidemiology from the University of Michigan School of Public Health.

Selected Publications

Burns, R. M., Pacula, R. L., Bauhoff, S., Gordon, A. J., Hendrikson, H., Leslie, D. L., & Stein, B. D., "Policies related to opioid agonist therapy for opioid use disorders: The evolution of state policies from 2004 to 2013," Substance Abuse, 37(1):63-69, 2016

Dick, A.W.; Pacula, R.L.; Gordon, A.J.; Sorbero, M.J.; Burns, R.M.; Leslie, D.L.; Stein, B.D., "Growth in buprenorphine waivers for physicians increased potential access to opioid agonist treatment, 2002-11," Health Affairs, 34(6):1028-1034, 2015

Burns, R.M.; Caulkins, J.P.; Everingham, S.S.; Kilmer, B., "Statistics on Cannabis Users Skew Perceptions of Cannabis Use," Frontiers in Psychiatry, 4:138, 2013

Burns, R.M.; Chandra, A.; Lara-Cinisomo S., The Experience of Outdoor Education at Operation Purple Camp: Findings from a Sample of Youth Participants, The RAND Corporation (WR-815), 2011

Ramchand, R.; Acosta, J.; Burns, R.M.; Jaycox, L.H.; Pernin, The War Within: Suicide Prevention in the U.S. Military, The RAND Corporation (MG-953-OSD), 2011

Chandra, A.; Lara-Cinisomo, S.; Jaycox, L.; Tanielian, T.; Burns, R.; Ruder, T.; Han, B., "Children on the Homefront: The experience of children from military families," Pediatrics, 125(1):13-22, 2010

Weinick, R.M.; Burns, R.M.; Mehrotra, A, "Many Emergency Department Visits Could Be Managed at Urgent Care Centers and Retail Clinics," Health Affairs, 29(9):1630-6, 2010

Burnam, M.A.; Meredith, L.S.; Helmus, T.C.; Burns, R.M.; Cox, R.A.; D'Amico, E.; Martin, L.T.; Vaiana, M.E., Williams, K.M.; Yochelson, M.R. "Systems of Care: Challenges and Opportunities to Improve Access to High-Quality Care," in Tanielian, T. and Jaycox, L.H., Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery, The RAND Corporation (MG-720-CCF), 2008