Alex R. Dopp

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Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in child clinical psychology, University of Missouri; M.A. in psychology, University of Missouri; B.A. in psychology, University of Michigan


Alex Dopp is an associate behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. Also an implementation scientist and child clinical psychologist, he studies the use of research evidence, and related policy implications, for improving youth mental health services. He has rare dual expertise in mental health services and economic evaluation, which has allowed him to conduct research on "upstream" influences (financing strategies) and "downstream" outcomes (economic impact) of the implementation of evidence-based youth mental health treatments. Dopp is particularly interested in reaching vulnerable, underserved populations through systems such as juvenile justice, child welfare/Children's Advocacy Centers, primary care, and schools. His research involves frequent collaboration with a variety of health policy, services, economics, and outcomes researchers, as well as patients and community stakeholders, within an interdisciplinary team science approach.

Dopp received his Ph.D. in child clinical psychology from the University of Missouri.

Honors & Awards

  • Fellow, Implementation Research Institute, NIMH/VHA
  • Fellow, Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, NIH
  • Fellow, Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services training institute, NIMH


  • A woman holds a placard as people protest outside Los Angeles Unified School District headquarters to demand that the Board of Education defunds school police in Los Angeles, California, June 23, 2020, photo  by Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

    Defund the LAPD? Garcetti Budget Proposal Takes a Step in That Direction

    Calls to “defund the police” have grown common and urgent in the wake of police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and numerous other Black Americans. Research and community activists agree: Public safety can be improved by investing more public dollars in a social safety net, and less in policing and incarceration, in Los Angeles.

    Jun 30, 2020 The RAND Blog