Carrie M. Farmer

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Director, Quality Measurement and Improvement Program; Senior Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


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

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Carrie M. Farmer is a senior policy researcher and director of the Health Care Quality Measurement and Improvement Program at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of research include military and veteran health policy and quality of health care. She has led multiple studies to assess the delivery of health care to veterans and service members, including a study of behavioral health care in the Military Health System, a study of the use of measurement-based care in the treatment of behavioral health conditions in the Veterans Health Administration, and 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 is a member of the VA National Research Advisory Council. She received her B.A. in psychobiology from Wellesley College and a Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University.

Recent Projects

  • Measurement-based mental health care within the Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Congressionally-mandated independent assessment of the Veterans Health Administration
  • Quality of mental health and substance abuse care
  • Evaluation of the well-being of veterans and service members in Massachusetts
  • Evaluation of public health and mental health programs

Selected Publications

Tanielian T and Farmer C., "The US Military Health System: Promoting Readiness and Providing Health Care.," Health Affairs, 38(8), 2019

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

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