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, 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 technology policy, health care services, and public health preparedness. At RAND she has contributed to research on improving access to health care services, public safety, and aftercare for vulnerable populations.

Prior to joining RAND, she studied health care in rural India with UCSF Institute of Global Health Sciences and researched U.S. health care policy at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She served as an advisor for Chemists Without Borders where she helped build partnerships for clean water in Bangladesh, examined X-ray nanotechnology for clinical applications at UC Davis CalEPR Center, and researched dietary metabolism and microchip screening at UC Berkeley where she studied physical chemistry and languages. Previously she volunteered in local emergency response training, crisis counseling, and community fundraising. She studied, worked, or volunteered in language teaching, health care services, and social services in Taiwan, Japan, Peru, India, and the U.S.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Advisor, Chemists Without Borders

Recent Projects

  • Timely Access
  • Violence Prevention

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, Singapore
  • House Pioneer Award, Berkeley Student Cooperative
  • Top 30% in Physical Chemistry, UC Berkeley College of Chemistry


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