Joan Chang

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


M.S. in global health sciences, University of California, San Francisco; TOP in language certificate, National Taiwan Normal University; M.S. in physical chemistry, University of California, Davis; 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, public health preparedness, and mixed methods research to better understand and address the needs of diverse vulnerable populations. At RAND she has contributed to research on health care access, chronic pain care with opioids, public health misinformation, violence prevention, refugee crises, and the law.

Prior to joining RAND, she studied perceptions of health care in rural south India with the UC San Francisco Institute of Global Health Sciences and served as advisor at Chemists Without Borders in research strategy and partnerships for clean water in Bangladesh before researching health care policy at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously she examined dietary metabolism and microchip genotype screening at UC Berkeley where she studied physical chemistry and languages and investigated X-ray nanotechnology at UC Davis CalEPR Center for clinical applications. Chang received a B.S. from the College of Chemistry at UC Berkeley, an M.S. in physical chemistry from UC Davis, a certificate from National Taiwan Normal University, and an M.S. in global health from UCSF. 

Recent Projects

  • Violence Prevention
  • Measuring Timely Access to Care in California
  • Systematic Reviews of Psychological Health Research to Address Gaps in Practice
  • Evaluating the Quality and Safety of Pain Care and Prescription Opioid Use in the Military Health System

Honors & Awards

  • Best Student Paper Award, 2018 International Conference on Global Healthcare


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