Sean Grant

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Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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Ph.D. in social intervention, University of Oxford; M.Sc. in evidence-based social intervention, University of Oxford; B.A. in psychology, Loyola Marymount University; B.A.. in philosophy, Loyola Marymount University

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Sean Grant is a behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He is interested in advancing the transparency, openness, and rigor of intervention research for evidence-based policy and practice. He principally researches interventions for behavioral health, though he is interested in intervention research methodology across the behavioral, social, and health sciences.

Grant currently leads several projects developing methodological guidance for social and psychological intervention researchers on reporting: trial protocols (BITSS and LJAF; PI), completed randomized controlled trials (UK ESRC; RAND PI), and confidence in the body of evidence used to estimate intervention effects (UK ESRC, RAND PI). He is also PI of two projects that are exploring the intersection of open science with Institutional Review Boards (RWJF) and evidence tiers for social interventions (LJAF), as well as Co-I for a project to create an online method for patient and caregiver engagement in clinical guideline development (PCORI). Substantively, Grant is co-PI of a project on social and emotional learning interventions under the Every Student Succeeds Act (Wallace Foundation), co-I of a project to identify and evaluate decision rules for adolescent substance use treatment (NIDA), and a team leader for a series of systematic reviews on interventions for behavioral health conditions (PHCoE).

Grant completed his masters and doctoral degrees at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford. At RAND, he is an investigator with both the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center and the ExpertLens research team.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses


Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Associate Member, Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford

Recent Projects

  • Transparency of research underpinning social intervention tiers
  • Open science and institutional review boards
  • Rating confidence in evidence on the effects of complex interventionss
  • Developing adaptive interventions for adolescent substance use treatment settings
  • Social and emotional learning interventions under the Every Student Succeeds Act

Selected Publications

Grant, S., Mayo-Wilson, E., Montgomery, P., Macdonald, G., Michie, S., Hopewell, S., & Moher, D. , "CONSORT-SPI 2018 Explanation and Elaboration: Guidance for reporting social and psychological intervention trials," Trials, 19, 2018

Montgomery, P., Grant, S., Mayo-Wilson, E., Macdonald, G., Michie, S., Hopewell, S., & Moher, D., "Reporting randomised trials of social and psychological interventions: The CONSORT-SPI 2018 Extension," Trials, 19, 2018

Grant, S., Booth, M., & Khodyakov, D., "Lack of pre-registered analysis plans allows unacceptable data mining for and selective reporting of consensus in Delphi studies," Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, 99(7), 2018

Tanner-Smith, E. E., & Grant, S., "Meta-analysis of complex interventions," Annual Review of Public Health, 39, 2018

Grant, S., Hazlewood, G. S., Peay, H. L., Lucas, A., Coulter, I., Fink, A., & Khodyakov, D., "Practical considerations for using online methods to engage patients in guideline development," The Patient: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research, 11(2), 2018

Grant, S., Hamilton, L. S., Wrabel, S. L., Gomez, C. J., Whitaker, A., Tamargo, J., Unlu, F., Chavez-Herrerias, E. R., Baker, G., Barrett, M., Harris, M., & Ramos, A., Social and emotional learning interventions under the Every Student Succeeds Act: Evidence review, RAND Corporation (RR-2133), 2017

Grant, S., Agniel, D., Almirall, D., Burkhart, Q., Hunter, S. B., McCaffrey, D. F., Pedersen, E. R., Ramchand, R., & Griffin, B. A. , "Developing adaptive interventions for adolescent substance use treatment settings: Protocol of an observational, mixed-methods project," Addiction Science & Clinical Practice, 12, 2017

Grant, S. , Mayo-Wilson, E., & Montgomery, P., "Implementing quality improvement for psychosocial interventions," JAMA, 315(9), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Emerging Researchers in Open Social Science, Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences, with support from the John Templeton Foundation
  • Clarendon Fund – Green Templeton College Annual Fund Scholar, Oxford University Press and Green Templeton College, University of Oxford
  • Valedictorian, Loyola Marymount University