Margaret Chamberlin

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.P.Aff. in public affairs, The University of Texas at Austin; M.A. in Russian, East European and Eurasian studies, The University of Texas at Austin; B.A. in economics; international affairs, The George Washington University


Margaret Chamberlin is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her dissertation research employs mixed methods (claims data analysis and primary interview data collection) to better understand where and why breakdowns happen in long-term management of complex chronic conditions, using eating disorders and diabetes as case studies.

Prior to coming to RAND she worked as a health economist and special assistant (that is, policy assistant/advisor) for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services from 2011-2014. In this position she gained experience in medical countermeasure policy, and led projects including development and implementation of an analytic decision support tool for policy makers.

Since joining RAND she has continued some work in health preparedness, though her focus has shifted towards more everyday population health issues. Her research interests include health and healthcare systems, behavioral health, and weight stigma/health at every size (HAES) interventions. 

Previous Positions

Health Economist, Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Selected Publications

Margaret Chamberlin, Shira Efron, Melinda Moore, A Simple Approach to Assessing Potential Health Emergency Interventions, The RAND Corporation (PE-148), 2015

Margaret Chamberlin, Adeyemi Okunogbe, Melinda Moore, Mahshid Abir, Intra-Action Report--A Dynamic Tool for Emergency Managers and Policymakers, The RAND Corporation (PE-147), 2015

Adebola Ajao, Scott V Nystrom, Lisa M Koonin, Anita Patel, David R Howell, Prasith Baccam, Tim Lant, Eileen Malatino, Margaret Chamberlin, Martin I Meltzer, "Assessing the capacity of the U.S. healthcare system to use additional mechanical ventilators during a large-scale public health emergency," Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, 9(06), 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Award, Pardee RAND Graduate School