Carrie M. Farmer

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Director, Quality Measurement and Improvement Program; Associate Research Department Director, Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department; Senior Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in health policy, Harvard University; B.A. in psychobiology, Wellesley College

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Carrie Farmer is director, Quality Measurement and Improvement Program, associate director of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department, and a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of research include military and veterans health policy; quality of behavioral health care; and treatment and recovery from traumatic brain injuries. She has led multiple studies to assess the delivery of health care to veterans and service members, including a recent study of behavioral health care in the Military Health System and an analysis of the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act on veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is currently conducting studies to assess the capacity of community providers to meet the health care needs of veterans.

Farmer was the study director for a large, comprehensive assessment of the Veterans Health Administration required by the Veterans, Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. She was also the co-director for a study of innovative approaches for treating psychological health problems and traumatic brain injury in the Department of Defense and led the largest assessment to date of care received by service members following a mild traumatic brain injury. She received her B.A. in psychobiology from Wellesley College and Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of the well-being of veterans and service members in Massachusetts
  • Congressionally-mandated independent assessment of the Veterans Health Administration
  • Treatment of mild traumatic brain injury in the Military Health System
  • Quality of mental health and substance abuse care
  • Evaluation of public health and mental health programs

Selected Publications

Hepner, Kimberly A.; Farris, Coreen.; Farmer, Carrie M.; Iyiewuare, Praise.; Tanielian, Terri L.; Wilks, Asa.; Robbins, Michael William.; Paddock, Susan M.; Pincus, Harold Alan,, Delivering Clinical Practice Guideline-Concordant Care for PTSD and Major Depression in Military Treatment Facilities, RAND Corporation (RR-1692), 2017

Farmer, Carrie M.; Tanielian, Terri L.; Fischer, Shira H.; Duffy, Erin L.; Dellva, Stephanie.; Butcher, Emily.; Brown, Kristine M.; Hoch, Emily., Supporting Veterans in Massachusetts: An Assessment of Needs, Well-Being, and Available Resources, RAND Corporation (RR-1698), 2017

Michael Dworsky, Carrie Farmer, Mimi Shen, Veterans' Health Insurance Coverage Under the Affordable Care Act and Implications of Repeal for the Department of Veterans Affairs, RAND Corporation (RR-1955), 2017

Carrie Farmer, Susan Hosek, David Adamson, Balancing Demand and Supply for Veterans' Health Care: A Summary of Three RAND Assessments Conducted Under the Veterans Choice Act, RAND Corporation (RR-1165z4), 2016

Farmer, Carrie M.; Krull, Heather.; Concannon, Thomas W.; Simmons, Molly.; Pillemer, Francesca.; Ruder, Teague.; Parker, Andrew M.; Purohit, Maulik.; Hiatt, Liisa,; Batorsky, Benjamin.; Hepner, Kimberly A., Understanding Treatment of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in the Military Health System, RAND Corporation (RR-844), 2016

O'Hanlon, Claire E.; Huang, Christina.; Sloss, Elizabeth M.; Price, Rebecca Anhang.; Hussey, Peter S.; Farmer, Carrie M.; Gidengil, Courtney A., "Comparing VA and Non-VA Quality of Care: A Systematic Review," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 2016