Patricia M. Herman

Patricia M. Herman
Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Co-Director RAND Research Across Complementary and Integrative Health Institutions (REACH) Center


Ph.D. in psychology and research methods, University of Arizona; N.D. in naturopathic medicine, Bastyr University; M.S. in agricultural economics, Iowa State University


Patricia Herman is a senior behavioral scientist at RAND, a codirector of the RAND Research Across Complementary and Integrative Health Institutions (REACH) Center, and a professor of policy analysis at Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research centers on health economics, innovative care models, and overall quality of life. Herman is an NCCIH-supported methodologist, resource economist, and licensed naturopathic doctor. For more than 40 years, Herman has conducted policy and cost-effectiveness analyses concerning water rights, waste recycling, energy and water conservation, and health care.

Her cost-effectiveness projects include: nonpharmacologic therapies for chronic low-back pain; yoga and mindfulness-based stress reduction for low-back pain; tailored navigation for colorectal cancer screening; drug treatment alternatives to prison; implementation support for evidence-based youth programs; and complementary therapies use in younger veterans with chronic pain.

Herman has written three books and taught more than 100 workshops on economic evaluation methods; published two systematic reviews of economic evaluations of complementary and integrative medicine; coauthored a commissioned paper on the economics of integrative medicine for the IOM's 2009 Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public, and was an invited speaker on that topic at the 2018 National Academies Workshop on the Role of Nonpharmacological Approaches to Pain Management. Other projects include improving measurement of the impact of chronic pain, testing whether conjoint analysis improves behavioral health incorporation into primary care, and estimating the impacts of a statewide smoking ban.

Herman earned her N.D. from Bastyr University and her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona.

Selected Publications

Herman PM, Chen Y-A, Sturm R., "Improving diet quality in US adults: 30-year health and economic impacts from microsimulation," American Journal of Preventive Medicine , 2022 (forthcoming)

Herman PM, Chinman M, Ebener P, Malone PS, Acosta J., "Cost analysis of a randomized trial of Getting to Outcomes implementation support for a program offered in Boys and Girls Clubs in Alabama and Georgia to prevent teen pregnancy and promote adolescent sexual health ," Prevention Science, 21, 2020

Herman PM, Lavelle TA, Sorbero ME, Hurwitz EL, Coulter ID, "Are nonpharmacologic interventions for chronic low back pain more cost effective than usual care? Proof of concept results from a Markov model," Spine, 2019 (forthcoming)

Herman PM, Luoto JE, Kommareddi M, Sorbero ME, Coulter ID., "Patient willingness to pay (WTP) for reductions in chronic low back pain and chronic neck pain," Journal of Pain , 20(11), 2019

Herman PM, Hurwitz EL, Shekelle PG, Whitley MD, Coulter ID, "Clinical Scenarios for which Spinal Mobilization and Manipulation Are Considered by an Expert Panel to be Inappropriate (and Appropriate) for Patients with Chronic Low Back Pain," Medical Care, 57(5), 2019

Herman PM, Anderson ML, Sherman KJ, Balderson BH, Turner JA, Cherkin DC, "Cost-Effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction vs Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Usual Care among Adults with Chronic Low-Back Pain," Spine, 42(20), 2017

Herman PM, Yuan A, Cefalu MS, Chu K, Zeng Q, Marshall N, Lorenz KA, Taylor SL., "The use of complementary and integrative health approaches for chronic musculoskeletal pain in younger US Veterans: an economic evaluation.," PLOS One. , 2019

Herman PM, Qureshi N, Arick SD, Edelen MO, Hays RD, Rodriguez A, Weir RL, Coulter ID., "Definitions of Chronic Low Back Pain from a Scoping Review, and Analyses of Narratives and Self-Reported Health of Adults with Low Back Pain. ," Journal of Pain , 2022