Lisa H. Jaycox

Lisa H. Jaycox
Senior Behavioral Scientist; Director, RAND-Initiated Research; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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 at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. 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 posttraumatic stress disorder as well as efforts to improve social and emotional learning.

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 posttraumatic 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, the use of trauma-focused therapy to improve school-based mental health services for children, the impact of terrorism and natural disasters on children, evaluation of an intimate partner violence prevention program for Latino youth, 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. Her recent research focused on school-based interventions and supports related to trauma as well as social and emotional learning. 

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

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Los Angeles Times Online; The Times-Picayune, New Orleans; WAMU-FM


  • Childhood Trauma

    After School Shootings, Children and Communities Struggle to Heal

    School shootings leave wounds that affect students, school staff, families, and communities for years. Building community resilience, implementing evidence-based mental health support early, and providing access for survivors and the community immediately and in the long term could help promote healing and prevent more tragedy.

    Jul 19, 2019

    Health Affairs Blog

  • Suicide

    Preventing Suicide: Treat Mass Shooting Trauma Beyond Initial Tragedy

    The need for mental health support and suicide-prevention efforts targeting survivors of mass shootings, and the friends and families of victims, is great. Putting such programs in place could go a long way toward helping them heal, and preventing more tragedy.

    Apr 4, 2019

    United Press International

  • 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

  • Mental Health Treatment

    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

  • Childhood Trauma

    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

  • Veterans Health Care

    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