Dmitry Khodyakov

Dmitry Khodyakov
Codirector, Center for Qualitative and Mixed Methods; Senior Sociologist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in sociology, Rutgers University; M.A. in economy and society, Central European University, Warsaw; B.A. in sociology and psychology, University of Missouri


Dmitry Khodyakov is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation, a codirector of the RAND Center for Qualitative and Mixed Methods, and a professor at the RAND Pardee Graduate School. His research focuses on methods of expert elicitation and stakeholder engagement, Medicare Advantage, intervention/program evaluation, community-based participatory research, and ethics of stakeholder-engaged research. His research has been funded by CMS, NIH, PCORI, and others. 

Khodyakov is an expert in qualitative and mixed-methods research and methods of expert elicitation. His evaluation experience ranges from the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model and Part D Senior Savings Model to the impact of community-academic partnered approaches on quality improvement intervention implementation and outcomes. He has led teams that developed measures for evaluating community participation in research and a new approach to engaging patients and caregivers in the process of clinical guideline development called the RAND/PPMD Patient-Centeredness Method. Khodyakov also developed the ExpertLens system and methodology for conducting large-scale online expert and stakeholder engagement panels (, taking the Delphi method into the 21st century.

Khodyakov has received major national and international awards, including the 2015 Community Campus Partnerships for Health Annual Award, the 2014 Team Science Award from the Association for Clinical and Translational Science, the 2014 Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award from Health & Education Behavior, the 2011 New Investigator Award from the National Institute of Mental Health, and the 2006 Award for Junior Sociologists from the International Sociological Association. His Ph.D. in sociology is from Rutgers University.

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Recent Projects

  • ExpertLens: A new online approach to expert elicitation
  • Developing a process for getting patient and caregiver input on clinical practice guidelines
  • Evaluation of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model Test
  • Evaluation of the Part D Senior Savings Model Test
  • Participant engagement in the All of Us Research Program

Selected Publications

Dmitry Khodyakov, Christine Eibner, Erin Audrey Taylor, Rebecca Anhang Price, Christine Buttorff, Matthew Cefalu, Brian G. Vegetabile, Julia Bandini, Monique Martineau, Catherine C. Cohen, Michael Dworsky, Marika Booth, Alice Y. Kim, Julie Lai, Shiyuan Zh, Evaluation of Phase II of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model Test: First Two Years of Implementation (2020–2021) (PR-A1881-1)

Erin Audrey Taylor, Dmitry Khodyakov, Christine Buttorff, Stacie B. Dusetzina, Preethi Rao, Zachary Predmore, Matthew Cefalu, Catherine E. Cooke, Asa Wilks, Shiyuan Zhang, Sarah Dalton, Monique Martineau, Part D Senior Savings Model: Model Reach and Scope (PR-A1716-1)

Dmitry Khodyakov, Sean Grant, Brian Denger, Kathi Kinnett, Ann Martin, Marika Booth, Courtney Armstrong, Emily Dao, Christine Chen, Ian Coulter, Holly Peay, Glen Hazlewood, Natalie Street, "Using an Online, Modified Delphi Approach to Engage Patients and Caregivers in Determining the Patient-Centeredness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Care Considerations," Medical Decision Making, 39(8), 2019

Khodyakov, Dmitry, Susan Stockdale, Felica Jones, Elizabeth Ohito, Andrea Jones, Elizabeth Lizaola, and Joeseph Mango, "An Exploration of the Effect of Community Engagement in Research on Perceived Outcomes of Partnered Mental Health Services Projects," Society and Mental Health, 1(3), 2011

Dmitry Khodyakov, Christine Buttorf, Kathryn Bouskill, Courtney Armstrong, Sai Ma, Erin Taylor, and Christine Eibner, "Insurers’ Perspectives on the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model Test.," American Journal of Managed Care (forthcoming)

Khodyakov, Dmitry, Susanne Hempel, Lisa Rubenstein, Paul Shekelle, Robbie Foy, Susanne Salem-Schatz, Sean O'Neill, Margie Danz, and Siddhartha Dalal, "Conducting Online Expert Panels: A Feasibility and Experimental Replicability Study," BMC Medical Research Methodology, 11, 2011

Khodyakov, Dmitry, Lisa Mikesell, Ron Schraiber, Marika Booth, and Elizabeth Bromley, "On Using Ethical Principles of Community-Engaged Research in Translational Science," Translational Research, 171, 2016

Dmitry Khodyakov, Alexandria Mendoza-Graf, Sandra Berry, Camille Nebeker, and Elizabeth Bromley , "Return of Value in the New Era of Biomedical Research – One Size Will Not Fit All," AJOB Empirical Bioethics, 10(4), 2019

Honors & Awards

  • 2011 New Investigator Award, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Team Science Award, Association for Clinical and Translational Science
  • Lawrence W. Green Paper of the Year Award, Health Education & Behavior