Dmitry Khodyakov

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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, intervention/program evaluation, Medicare Advantage, community-based participatory research, and ethics of stakeholder-engaged research. His research has been funded by NIH, CMS, PCORI, and others. 

Khodyakov is an expert in qualitative and mixed-methods research, case study approaches, and methods of expert elicitation. His evaluation experience ranges from the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model and worksite wellness programs 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 Community Partners in Care, a community-academic partnered QI intervention intended to improve depression care in two underserved communities in two Los Angeles
  • Participant engagement in the All of Us Research Program

Selected Publications

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

Christine Eibner, Dmitry Khodyakov, Erin Taylor, Christine Buttorff, et al, Evaluation Report of the First Three Years (2017-2019) of the Medicare Advantage Value-Based Insurance Design Model Test (EP-aRAND/EP-68316)

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, Terrance D. Savitstky, and Siddhartha Dalal, "Collaborative Learning Framework for Online Stakeholder Engagement," Health Expectations., 9(4), 2016

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


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    What Makes Stakeholders Want to Become Involved in Research?

    Involving stakeholders in comparative-effectiveness research is important. But competing demands for their time can make this a challenge. Why do stakeholders get involved in this research, or not?

    May 2, 2016 The RAND Blog

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    What Do Stakeholders Say About Comparative-Effectiveness Research?

    Insurers, employers, and industry are some of the stakeholder groups that are critical to the success of comparative-effectiveness research. Current research models may not provide stakeholders with all the information they need to support their involvement.

    Apr 25, 2016 The RAND Blog

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    Are County Masking Requirements the Future of Influenza Prevention?

    If it doesn't seem that state laws as currently written can help increase the number of health care workers vaccinated against influenza, then what can? There is evidence that imposing consequences for vaccination refusal, including the requirement to wear a surgical mask, can help.

    Nov 20, 2013 The RAND Blog