Sean Grant

Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office

Education

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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Overview

Sean Grant is a behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Grant is interested in advancing the overall transparency, openness, and rigor of intervention research for supporting 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 works on several projects that aim to develop methodological tools for social and psychological intervention research: CONSORT-SPI, a reporting guideline for randomized controlled trials of social and psychological interventions (UK ESRC; RAND PI), adapting reporting standards for protocols of social and psychological intervention trials (BITSS and LJAF; PI), and guidance for rating the quality of the body of evidence on effects of social and psychological interventions (UK ESRC, RAND PI). Grant is also PI of a project funded by RWJF to explore the intersection of open science and Institutional Review Boards, and Co-I for a PCORI-funded project to create an online method for patient and caregiver engagement in clinical guideline development. Substantively, Grant is co-PI of a project funded by the Wallace Foundation to review evidence on interventions that promote students' social-emotional learning outcomes, and co-I for a NIDA-funded project to identify and evaluate decision rules for adolescent substance use treatment.

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

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

  • https://www.prgs.edu/degree-program/courses/applying-behavioral-insights-and-behavioral-economics.html

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

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

Recent Projects

  • Increasing transparency through institutional review boards: how do their policies and procedures align with open science?
  • GRADE guidance for complex social interventions
  • Developing adaptive interventions for adolescent substance use treatment settings
  • Social and emotional learning under the Every Student Succeeds Act
  • Engaging patients and caregivers managing rare diseases to improve the methods of clinical guideline development

Selected Publications

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 (forthcoming)

Grant, S., Colaiaco, B., Motala, A., Shanman, R., Sorbero, M., & Hempel, S., "Acupuncture for the treatment of adults with posttraumatic stress disorder: A systematic review and meta-analysis," Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, :doi: 10.1080/15299732.2017.128, 2017

Grant, S., Colaiaco, B., Motala, A., Shanman, R., Booth, M., Sorbero, M., & Hempel, S., "Mindfulness-based relapse prevention for substance use disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis," Journal of Addiction Medicine, :doi: 10.1097/ADM.0000000000000, 2017

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, :doi: 10.1007/s40271-017-0280-6, 2017

Grant, S., Kandrack, R., Motala, A., Shanman, R. M., Booth, M., Miles, J. N. V., Sorbero, M. E., & Hempel, S., "Acupuncture for substance use disorders: A systematic review and meta-analysis," Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 163:1-15, 2016

Grant, S. , Mayo-Wilson, E., & Montgomery, P., "Implementing quality improvement for psychosocial interventions," JAMA, 315(9):943, 2016

Grant, S., Pedersen, E. R., Osilla, K. C., Kulesza, M., & D'Amico, E. J., "It is time to develop appropriate tools for assessing minimal clinically important differences, performance bias and quality of evidence in reviews of behavioral interventions," Addiction, 111(9):1533-1535, 2016

Grant, S., Pedersen, E. R., Osilla, K. C., Kulesza, M., & D'Amico, E. J., "Reviewing and interpreting the effects of brief alcohol interventions: Comment on a Cochrane review about motivational interviewing for young adults," Addiction, 111(9):1521-1527, 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

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