Lara Hilton

Senior Research Programmer; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
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. candidate in applied psychology, research methods, and evaluation, Claremont Graduate University


Lara Hilton is a senior research analyst at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her specialty area is health policy, including 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 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 is currently completing doctoral studies 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

Honors & Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, UC Berkeley
  • Merit Bonus Team Player Award 2005, RAND Corporation
  • Gold Award Merit Bonus Award 2007, RAND Corporation