Joan Chang

Joan Chang
Assistant Policy Researcher, RAND, and Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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M.Phil. in public policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.S. in global health, UCSF; B.S. in sciences and humanities, UC Berkeley


Joan Chang is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and doctoral candidate at Pardee RAND Graduate School. Prior to joining RAND, she taught languages in East Asia, studied natural sciences and social sciences in the United States, and joined humanitarian and health care teamwork in South Asia. Her professional experience in academia, government, and nonprofit sectors includes fieldwork with the UCSF Institute for Global Health Sciences, policy research at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and advocacy leadership for social causes, with many publications in science, medicine, politics, culture, and society.

With formal training in quantitative and qualitative research, she earned certificates in Japan and Taiwan and graduate degrees in the U.S. in international health and public policy as well as recognition in Singapore. At RAND she has worked on health care, sustainable development, technology and AI, socioeconomic equity, security and defense, international relations, and the law and ethics, with particular attention to fellow vulnerable populations. Her dissertation consists of a comparative policy analysis of the U.S. and Asia with support from the Tateuchi Foundation and Pardee RAND's Cazier Initiative. Presently she works on various projects for the RAND International division, including several assignments for greater Asia and Europe, through interdisciplinary research and international policy teamwork.

Recent Projects

  • Emerging Issue Risk Analysis
  • Women's Health Survey
  • Systematic Reviews of Psychological Health Research
  • Center for Global Risk and Security Projects
  • Exploring Great Power and Middle Power Equities

Selected Publications

Finucane, Melissa L., Linnea Warren May, and Joan Chang, Assessing Social Equity in Disaster Preparation, Response, and Recovery, RAND Corporation (PT-A1876-1), 2021

Bouskill, Kathryn E., Marjorie Danz, Lisa S. Meredith, Christine Chen, Joan Chang, Sangita M. Baxi, Dung Huynh, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, Aneesa Motala, Jody Larkin, Goke Akinniranye, and Susanne Hempel, Burnout: Definition, Prevalence, Risk Factors, Prevention, and Interventions Literature Reviews, RAND Corporation (RR-A428-1), 2022

Abir, Mahshid, Megan K. Beckett, Wenjing Huang, Hamad Al-Ibrahim, Joan Chang, Florian F. Schmitzberger, Kirstin W. Scott, and Peter S. Hussey, A Comparison of National and International Approaches to COVID-19-Related Measures, RAND Corporation (RR-A438-1), 2021

Maglione MA, Chen C, Bialas A, Motala A, Chang J, Akinniranye O, Hempel S, "Combat and Operational Stress Control Interventions and PTSD: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," Military Medicine, 2021

Chang J, Sharma M, Seetharam K, "On Lessons from Science, Technology, and Society," MIT Science Policy Review, 2, 2021

Joan Chang, Global Science and Technology Forum, "Evaluating Perceptions of Cardiovascular Disease Risk and Prevention: A Qualitative Study in an Under-Resourced Setting in Rural South India," Proceedings, International Conference on Global Healthcare, 2018

Chang J, Taylor RD, Davidson RA, Sharmah A, Guo T, "Electron Paramagnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Investigation of Radical Production by Gold Nanoparticles in Aqueous Solutions Under X-ray Irradiation," Journal of Physical Chemistry A, 120(18), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Award, RAND Corporation
  • Cazier Dissertation Award in Sustainability,, Pardee RAND Graduate School
  • Best Student Paper Award, International Conference on Global Healthcare


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