Rachel M. Burns is a senior quantitative analyst at the RAND Corporation. During her tenure at RAND, she has worked on projects focused on disaster response and recovery operations, neighborhood influences on health, substance abuse and drug policy, unmanned aerial vehicles, the mental health and well-being of military personnel and their families, software acquisition for the Navy, suicide epidemiology and prevention, adolescent health behaviors, occupational health and safety, access to and utilization of health care services, vaccinations, cancer survivorship, maternal and child health, and patient safety and quality of care in hospitals. Burns is a professional cost analyst, proficient SAS and R programmer, and experienced 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.


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

Selected Work

  • 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), 2016
  • Burns, R.M.; Caulkins, J.P.; Everingham, S.S.; Kilmer, B., "Statistics on Cannabis Users Skew Perceptions of Cannabis Use," Frontiers in Psychiatry, 4, 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
  • Tanielian, Terri, Carrie M. Farmer, Rachel M. Burns, Erin Lindsey Duffy, and Claude Messan Setodji, Ready or Not? Assessing the Capacity of New York State Health Care Providers to Meet the Needs of Veterans, RAND Corporation (RR-2298-NYSHF), 2018
  • Breslau, Joshua.; Han, Bing.; Stein, Bradley D.; Burns, Rachel M.; Yu, Hao., "Did the Affordable Care Act's Dependent Coverage Expansion Affect Race/Ethnic Disparities in Health Insurance Coverage?" Health Services Research, 2017
  • 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), 2015
  • Ramchand, Rajeev, Joie D. Acosta, Rachel M. Burns, Lisa H. Jaycox, and Christopher G. Pernin, The War Within: Preventing Suicide in the U.S. Military, RAND Corporation (MG-953-OSD), 2011
  • 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 RAND, Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery, RAND Corporation (MG-720-CCF), 2008

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