David Grant

David Grant
Director, RAND American Life Panel; Codirector, RAND American Educator Panels, Senior Social/Behavioral Scientist


PhD in sociology, UC Los Angeles


David Grant is a senior social/behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. He has more than 20 years of experience following the award of his doctorate in sociology from UCLA. Grant has extensive survey research experience, including the development and maintenance of online survey panels, survey sampling, and sources of survey bias. Grant directs the RAND American Life Panel, a nationally representative online panel survey of about 5,000 adults, codirects (with Julia Kaufman) the American Teacher and School Leader Panels, and codirects (with Heather Schwartz) the American School District Panel. Together, these panels include more than 30,000 K–12 public school educators.

Prior to joining RAND in 2016, Grant was director of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the nation’s largest state health survey, at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. He has broad expertise in population health surveillance, complex survey project management, research design, questionnaire development, survey methodology, and dissemination, including innovative web-based tools to democratize access to data.

Selected Publications

Jans M, Viana J, Grant D, Cochran SD, Lee AC, Ponce NA., "Trends in Sexual Orientation Missing Data Over a Decade of the California Health Interview Survey," American Journal of Public Healtlh, 105(5), 2015

Johnson T, Shariff-Marco S, Willis G, Cho Y, Breen N, Gee G, Krieger N, Grant D, Alegria M, Mays V, Williams D, Landrine H, Liu B, Reeve B, Takeuchi D, Ponce N., "Sources of Interactional Problems in a Survey of Racial/Ethnic Discrimination," International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 2014

McClain J, Grant D, Willis G, Berrigan D., "Effect of Temporal Domain on Self-reported Walking Behaviors in the California Healtlh Interview Survey," Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(3), 2012

Thompson AW, Kobau R, Park R, Grant D., "Epilepsy care and mental health care for people with epilepsy," Preventing Chronic Disease, 9, 2012

Grant D, Park R, Lin YC. "Telephone-Based Methods," in Schenker M, Xochitl C, Rodriguez-Lainz A., Migration and Health: A Research Methods Handbook, UC Press, 2012