Jason Michel Etchegaray

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Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist
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Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Houston; B.A. in psychology, University of California at San Diego


Jason M. Etchegaray is a senior behavioral social scientist at the RAND Corporation. He focuses on researching areas where industrial/organizational psychology intersects with health care, military, and intelligence issues and uses multiple methods – surveys, focus groups, interviews, creation of reporting systems - to address policy-related topics.  He has examined the competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities) that United States Coast Guard (USCG) cost estimators need as well as co-leading a Department of Defense (DoD)-funded study examining the competencies health care providers need when rehabilitating service members who experienced deployment-related amputations. He co-led a project that identified staffing and training needs as USCG implemented and maintained a new electronic health record. He has assessed organizational culture, context, workflow, and work practices for the Department of Homeland Security.  In addition to assessing these variables in a study for the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS), he also led national field trainings for a data collection effort. He has led work assessing the design of training programs and helped determine and translate best practices about "speaking up" from multiple industries to assist the government in breaking down barriers to reporting behaviors of concern across a variety of agencies.  He has worked on or led contracts for CMS, DoD, Department of Homeland Security, PAC PMO, and PCORI.  He has served as lead of a technical core, co-investigator, and principle investigator on numerous grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.  He received his Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Houston.

Selected Publications

Robson, Sean.; Pezard, Stephanie.; Lytell, Maria C.; Sims, Carra S.; Boon, John E.; Etchegaray, Jason Michel.; Robbins, Michael William.; Schulker, David.; Sollinger, Jerry M.; Campbell, Jason H.; Atler, Anthony.; Seabrook, Stephan.; Gebhardt, Deborah L.;, Evaluation of the Strength Aptitude Test and other fitness tests to qualify Air Force recruits for physically demanding specialties, RAND (RR-1789-AF), 2018

Edelen, Maria Orlando.; Rodriguez, Anthony; Ahluwalia, Sangeeta C.; Chen, Emily K.; Dalton, Sarah.; Dunbar, Michael Stephen; Etchegaray, Jason Michel.; Fischer, Shira H.; Huang, Wenjing.; Klein, David J.; Madrigano, Jaime; Martineau, Monique.; Martino, S, Development and Maintenance of Standardized Cross Setting Patient Assessment Data for Post-Acute Care: Summary Report of Findings from Alpha 2 Pilot Testing, U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (EP-67619), 2018

Blickstein, Irv; Conley, Tim.; Tannehill, Brynn.; Schendt, Abby.; Etchegaray, Jason Michel., Gap analysis and alternatives analysis of the Coast Guard cost estimating workforce, RAND (RR-2047-DHS), 2018

Ottosen, Madelene J.; Engebretson, Joan C.; Etchegaray, Jason Michel., "Steps in Developing a Patient-Centered Measure of Hospital Design Factors," HERD: Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 10(4), 2017

Krause, Thomas R.; Bell, Kristen J.; Pronovost, Peter J.; Etchegaray, Jason Michel., "Measurement as a Performance Driver: The Case for a National Measurement System to Improve Patient Safety," Journal of Patient Safety, 2017

Etchegaray, Jason Michel.; Ottosen, Madelene J.; Dancsak, Theresa; Thomas, Eric J., "Barriers to Speaking Up About Patient Safety Concerns," Journal of Patient Safety, 2017

Martinez, William.; Lehmann, Lisa Soleymani.; Thomas, Eric J.; Etchegaray, Jason Michel.; Shelburne, Julia T.; Hickson, Gerald B.; Brady, Donald W.; Schleyer, Anneliese M.; Best, Jennifer A.; May, Natalie B.; Bell, Sigall K., "Speaking up about traditional and professionalism-related patient safety threats: a national survey of interns and residents," BMJ Quality & Safety, 2017

Ottosen, Madelene J.; Sedlock, Emily W.; Aigbe, Aitebureme.; Etchegaray, Jason Michel.; Bell, Sigall K.; Gallagher, Thomas H.; Thomas, Eric J., "Developing the Improving Post-Event Analysis and Communication Together (Impact) Tool to Involve Patients and Families in Post-Event Analysis," Journal of Nursing & Interprofessional Leadership in Quality & Safety

Honors & Awards

  • 2018 Spotlight Awards for Mentorship, RAND
  • 1st place in Abstract and Poster Competition at 2016 Evidenced-Based Practice Symposium, Houston Methodist Hospital


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