Brandi Leach

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Senior Analyst
Cambridge Office


Ph.D. in sociology, North Carolina State University

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Brandi Leach is a senior analyst at RAND Europe with a background in health services and primary care research and evaluation. Her research interests include the health care workforce, inequalities in access and outcomes for vulnerable groups and the social determinants of health. Leach has professional experience in quantitative and qualitative social science methods including statistical analysis and data visualisation, focus groups, key stakeholder interviews, survey design and implementation, and literature reviews. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology from North Carolina State University.


Recent Projects

  • Understanding pregnancy research needs and priorities in the UK
  • Assessment of electronic health records for infectious disease surveillance, prevention and control
  • Exploring the societal burden of multiple sclerosis

Selected Publications

Brandi Leach, Perri Morgan, Justine Strand de Oliveira, Sharon Hull, Truls Ostbye, Christine Everett, "Primary Care Multidisciplinary Teams in Practice: A Qualitative Study," BMC Family Practice, 18(115), 2017

Perri Morgan, Kristine Himmerick, Brandi Leach, Patricia Dieter, Christine Everett, "Scarcity of Primary Care Positions may Divert Physician Assistants into Specialty Practice," Medical Care Research and Review, 74(1), 2017

Cox C. Ansari A., McLaughlin M., Van her Scheer J., Liddell K. Burt J., McGowan J., Bousfield J., George J., Leach B., Parkinson S., Dixon-Woods M, "Developing an ethical framework for asymptomatic COVID-19 testing programmes in higher education institutions," Wellcome Open Research, 2021

Liberati E.G., Tarrant C., Willars J., Draycott T., Winter C., Kuberska K., Paton A., Marjanovic S., Leach B., Lichten C., Hocking L, "Seven features of safety in maternity units: a framework based on multisite ethnography and stakeholder consultatio," BMJ Quality & Safety, 2020


  • Man with MS with his caregiver, photo by BanksPhotos/Getty Images

    The Informal Carers Who Help People with MS Need Support More Than Ever

    The trend within health care services toward remote care and self-management for people with multiple sclerosis has not included adequate support to carers. Greater investment to support the needs of carers could support the informal care they provide, as well as the carer as an individual.

    May 28, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • Hospital worker feeling overwhelmed, photo by Dean Mitchell/Getty Images

    Is Training for NHS Staff to Manage Workplace Violence Effective?

    Going to work should not mean being subjected to physical or verbal assault, but this is the reality faced by thousands of frontline NHS staff. De-escalation training may help staff manage patient violence and aggression, but there is not enough research about what works in specific healthcare contexts.

    Sep 4, 2019 Nursing Times