Joan Chang

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


M.S. in global health, University of California, San Francisco; M.S. in physical chemistry, University of California, Davis; Certificate in language, National Taiwan Normal University; B.S. in chemical biology, University of California, Berkeley


Joan Chang is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include science and healthcare, technology and AI, public health and emergency preparedness, energy and resources, and diplomacy and international relations. At RAND she has contributed to research on timely acess to health care services, public safety, and aftercare for vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining RAND, Chang studied perceptions of rural healthcare in south India through the UCSF Institute of Global Health Sciences and researched health care policy, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations, at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She served as an advisor at Chemists Without Borders and helped create partnerships for clean drinking water in Bangladesh, investigated X-ray nanotechnology for clinical applications at UC Davis CalEPR Center, and examined dietary metabolism and microchip genotype screening at UC Berkeley, where she studied physical chemistry and languages. Previously, she volunteered in emergency response, crisis counseling, and community fundraising.

Chang has studied, worked, and volunteered in language teaching, development, health care and social services in Taiwan, Japan, Peru, India, and the United States.

Selected Publications

Joan Chang, Ryan D. Taylor, R. Andrew Davidson, Arjun Sharmah, Ting Guo, "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

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

Honors & Awards

  • Best Student Paper, International Conference on Global Healthcare
  • House Pioneer Award, Berkeley Student Cooperative
  • Silver Award, Phi Rho Pi National Tournament


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