Paul Koegel

Paul Koegel
Associate Director, RAND Health; Senior Behavioral & Social Scientist
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles


Paul Koegel is a senior behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation and the associate director of RAND Health, where he helps manage RAND's extensive portfolio of research on health delivery systems and population health. Koegel's 25-year research career as a medical and urban anthropologist has focused on the effect of health care systems on the adaptation of vulnerable populations—for example, homeless individuals, adults with mental illness, and substance abusers—to urban settings. Most recently, his focus has been facilitating community-partnered work in which researchers work together with community partners to solve pressing community problems. He worked closely with Healthy African American Families (HAAF) on the Witness for Wellness initiative, a South Los Angeles community-based participatory research effort that mobilized community members to devise and implement quality improvement strategies that target depression and depression care. He also contributed to Community Partners in Care, a randomized clinical trial of the impact of community engagement strategies on the uptake of evidence-based depression care in underserved communities. He co-led the UCLA CTSA's Partnership Support Unit and served as principal investigator of the Network Core of the NIMH-funded UCLA-RAND Center for Partnered Research on Quality Mental Health Care. He currently contributes to a suite of projects addressing issues related to community engagement. Koegel earned his B.A. from Queens College, City University of New York, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA.

Recent Projects

  • Network Core of the UCLA-RAND Center for Partnered Research on Quality Mental Health Care
  • Community Engagement and Research Program
  • Engagement for Equity
  • Investigating Patient-Centered Interventions to Reduce Asthma-Related Pediatric Hospitalizations

Selected Publications

Fortney, J, Sullivan, G, Williams, K, Jackson, C, Morton, SC, Koegel, P., "Measuring continuity of care for clients of public mental health systems," Health Services Research, 38(4):1157-1175, 2003

Koegel, P, Sullivan, G, Burnam, A, Morton, SC, Wenzel, S., "Utilization of mental health and substance abuse services among homeless adults in Los Angeles," Medical Care, 37(13):306-317, 1999

Koegel, P, Burnam, MA, Morton, SC., "Enumerating homeless people: Alternative strategies and their consequences," Evaluation Review, 20:378-404, 1996

Koegel, P, Melamid, E, Burnam, MA, "Childhood risk factors for homelessness among homeless adults," American Journal of Public Health, 85(12):1642-1649, 1995

Weinberg, D. & Koegel, P., "Impediments to recovery in treatment programs for dually diagnosed homeless adults: an ethnographic analysis," Contemporary Drug Problems, 22:193-236, 1995

Koegel, P., "Through a different lens: An anthropological perspective on homelessness and mental illness," Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, 1992(16):1-27, 1992

Koegel, P, Burnam, MA, "Alcoholism among homeless adults in the inner city of Los Angeles," Archives of General Psychiatry, 45:1018-1018, 1988

Koegel, P, Burnam, MA, Farr, RK, "The prevalence of specific psychiatric disorders among homeless individuals in the inner-city of Los Angeles," Archives of General Psychiatry, 45:1085-1092, 1988

Honors & Awards

  • APHA Caucus on Homelessness Research Award, December 2005
  • HAAF Protecting the Legacy Award, February 2005
  • RAND Presidents Award, 2007