Lara Hilton

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Senior Research Analyst
Santa Monica Office


B.A. in sociology, University of California, Berkeley; M.P.H. in community health sciences, University of California, Los Angeles; Ph.D. in psychology, research methods, and evaluation, Claremont Graduate University


Lara Hilton is a senior research analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her specialty area is health policy, including content experience in research on patient-centered outcomes, integrative health and medicine, behavioral health in military contexts, program evaluation and evaluation capacity building.

Hilton utilizes mixed methods in her work, combining computer-based qualitative text analysis and statistical applications. She has led or coordinated projects, large-scale studies, and evaluations for National Institutes of Health's National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Department of Defense, and Veterans Administration.

Hilton received a B.A. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley; an M.P.H. in community health sciences from the University of California, Los Angeles; and completed a doctorate in applied psychology with a concentration in research methods and evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. 

Recent Projects

  • Feasibility of Eliciting Patient Pain Experiences via Crowdsourcing
  • Center of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  • Meditation for Chronic Pain and PTSD
  • Assessment of Chiropractic Treatment in the Military

Selected Publications

Hilton L, and Jonas, W., "Claim assessment profile: A method for capturing health care evidence in the scientific evaluation and review of claims in health care," Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2017

Hilton L, Hempel S, Ewing B, Apaydin E, Xenakis L, Newberry S, Colaiaco B, Maher A, Shanman RM, Sorbero ME, Maglione MA, "Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51, 2017

Hilton L, Elfenbaum, P, Jain, S, Sprengel, M, Jonas, W., "Evaluating Integrative Cancer Clinics with the Claim Assessment Profile: An example with the InspireHealth Clinic," Integrative Cancer Therapies, 2016

Hilton L, and Libretto S. , "Evaluation capacity building in the context of military psychological health," American Journal of Evaluation, 2016

Hilton L, Maher AR, Colaico B, Apaydin E, Sorbero ME, Booth M, Shanman RM, Hempel S., "Meditation for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis," Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, Policy, 6(8), 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, UC Berkeley
  • Gold Award Merit Bonus Award 2007, RAND Corporation
  • 2018 Outstanding Investigator Award, International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health