Kimberly A. Hepner

Kimberly A. Hepner
Senior Behavioral Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in clinical psychology, University of Arizona

Media Resources

This researcher is available for interviews.

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Kimberly Hepner is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on approaches to assess and improve quality of care for mental health and substance use problems. She has led several large studies assessing the quality of care received by patients with unhealthy alcohol use, substance use disorders, PTSD, depression, co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders, pain, and mild traumatic brain injury. Hepner has extensive expertise in assessing quality of care for veterans, service members, and their families. In addition, she has led multiple studies to identify barriers and facilitators to delivering evidence-based psychotherapy, increase feasibility and quality of provider psychotherapy training, measurement-based care, telehealth, and mindfulness meditation. Hepner has led numerous cognitive behavioral therapy trainings for providers, with a focus on substance use disorders and co-occurring disorders. She also sees adult and adolescent patients in her private practice in Los Angeles, CA. Hepner received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Arizona.

Recent Projects

  • Quality of Care for Pain and Opioid Prescribing in the Military Health System
  • Quality of Care for PTSD and Depression in the Military Health System
  • Quality of Care for Unhealthy Alcohol Use
  • Capacity of Military Psychological Health Providers to Deliver Evidence-based Care
  • Access and Quality of Behavioral Health Care for Service Members Remote from Military Treatment Facilities

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Federal News Network Online; KCBS-AM