Lisa H. Jaycox

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Senior Behavioral Scientist
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Ph.D. in clinical psychology, M.A. in psychology, University of Pennsylvania; B.A. in biology/psychobiology, Brown University

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Lisa Jaycox is a senior behavioral scientist and clinical psychologist at the RAND Corporation. She has combined clinical and research expertise in the areas of child and adolescent mental health problems, including depression and reactions to violence exposure such as post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Jaycox developed and evaluated a school-based prevention of depression program that proved to be effective in reducing depressive symptoms among fifth and sixth graders. She also evaluated psychosocial treatment and prevention of post-traumatic stress disorder among adult female assault survivors. Jaycox joined RAND in 1997 and has since worked on projects related to the treatment of adolescent depression in primary care settings, mental health consequences of community violence and violent injury, evaluation of adolescent substance-abuse treatment programs, use of trauma-focused therapy to improve school-based mental health services for children, impact of terrorism and natural disaster on children, and evaluation of an intimate partner violence prevention program for Latino youth. Her recent work has included a focus on the mental health impact of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan and the systems available to support recovery, sexual assault and suicide prevention in the military, as well as evaluation of the Safe Start initiative, programs designed to improve outcomes for children exposed to violence.

Jaycox received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent Projects

  • National evaluation of Safe Start programs that seek to ameliorate the impact of violence on young children
  • Intimate partner violence prevention program for Latino youth
  • Mental health related to deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Adaptation of the school trauma program for use by non-clinicians

Selected Publications

Lisa H. Jaycox et al., "Impact of a School-Based Dating Violence Prevention Program Among Latino Teens: Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial," Journal of Adolescent Health, 2006

J. R. Asarnow et al., "Effectiveness of a Quality Improvement Intervention for Adolescent Depression in Primary Care Clinics: A Randomized Controlled Trial," Journal of the American Medical Association, 293(3), 2005

B. D. Stein et al., "A Mental Health Intervention for Schoolchildren Exposed to Violence: A Random-ized Controlled Trial," Journal of the American Medical Association, 290(5), 2003

Terri Tanielian and Lisa H. Jaycox (Eds.), Invisible Wounds of War, RAND Corporation (MG-720), 2008

Lisa H. Jaycox et al., How Schools Can Help Students Recover from Traumatic Experiences: A Tool-Kit for Supporting Long-Term Recovery, RAND Corporation (TR-413), 2006

Lisa H. Jaycox, CBITS: Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention for Trauma in Schools, Sopris West, 2003

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans


  • Immigration law book and gavel in a library

    Restoring Asylum Protections for Victims of Domestic Violence

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded asylum protections earlier this month for victims of domestic violence. The decision and the supporting analysis goes against decades of research on violence against women. Congress could reverse the decision by amending the asylum law.

    Jun 25, 2018 The Hill

  • a young boy and girl hold hands while walking to school

    In Connecticut, Recovery and Healing Will Take Time

    With an event like this, With an event like this, 'recovery' doesn't mean a return to normal, because lives have been permanently altered. Recovery can only mean finding a new normal, a new path forward. And schools, those places of safety and healthy development, can help with that process, by providing a structure and community to support healing, writes Lisa Jaycox.

    Dec 20, 2012 The RAND Blog

  • A mother comforting her son

    Helping Kids Cope with the Effects of Violence and Trauma

    The impact of violence and trauma on children has led RAND and its partners to focus not only on studying the problem, but working collaboratively to find interventions that help address a significant public health need.

    May 29, 2012

  • A soldier hugging his wife or girlfriend upon his return from deployment

    War's Invisible Wounds

    Nearly 300,000 Iraq and Afghanistan service veterans who have returned home -- about one in five -- may suffer from combat-stress-related mental health problems. Our veterans ought to get the best available treatments our nation can offer, but they don't, write authors Terry Schell, Terri Tanielian and Lisa Jaycox.

    Sep 28, 2008 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette