Margaret A. Maglione

Adjunct Researcher
Off Site Office


B.A. in economics, Columbia University; M.P.P. in public policy, University of Southern California


Margaret Maglione is an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation. For many years, she was the associate director of the Southern California Evidence-Based Practice Center (EPC), one of the leading institutions worldwide for the creation of systematic reviews, meta-analyses, and other evidence-based products.

Maglione has led projects funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Defense Center for Excellence (DCoE) for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury, the Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and various specialty societies and charitable foundations.

Her research topics have been diverse, ranging from the safety and efficacy of dietary supplements containing ephedra to a systematic review on the effectiveness of interventions for autism spectrum disorders in children and work with a panel of experts to develop new guidelines. Maglione also led a project assessing the safety of vaccines recommended for routine use in children, adolescents, and adults. 

Maglione received a B.A. in economics from Columbia University and an M.P.P. in public policy from the University of Southern California.

Recent Projects

  • Functional Outcomes of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) for Opioid Dependence
  • Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain
  • Mindfulness Meditation for Smoking Cessatoin
  • Safety of Vaccines Routinely Recommended in the U.S.
  • Effectiveness of Interventions for Children with Autism / Development of Guidelines

Selected Publications

Margaret A. Maglione, Susanne Hempel, Alicia Ruelaz Maher, Eric Apaydin, Brett Ewing, Lara Hilton, Lea Xenakis, Roberta M. Shanman, Sydne Newberry, Benjamin Colaiaco, Melony E. Sorbero, Mindfulness Meditation for Chronic Pain, RAND Corporation (RR-1317), 2016

Margaret A. Maglione, Srikanth Kadiyala, Amii M. Kress, Jaime L. Hastings, Claire E. O'Hanlon, TRICARE Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Benefit: Comparison with Medicaid an Commercial Benefits, RAND Corporation (RR-1334), 2016

Margaret A. Maglione, Alicia Ruelaz Maher, Brett Ewing, Benjamin Colaiaco, Sydne Newberry, Ryan Kandrack, Roberta M. Shanman, Melony E. Sorbero, Susanne Hempel, "Efficacy of mindfulness meditation for smoking cessation: A systematic review and meta-analysis," Addictive Behaviors, 69(1), 2017

Margaret A. Maglione, Lopamudra Das, Laura Raaen, Alexandria Smith, Ramya Chari, Sydne Newberry, Roberta Shanman, Tanja Perry, Matthew Bidwell Goetz, MD and Courtney Gidengil, "Safety of Vaccines Used for Routine Immunization of US Children: A Systematic Review," Pediatrics, 134(2), 2014

Margaret A. Maglione, Daphna Gans, Lopamudra Das, Justin Timbie, Connie Kasari, "Non-medical Interventions for Children with ASD: recommended Guidelines and Further Research Needs," Pediatrics, 130, 2012

Honors & Awards

  • 2012 Game Changer of the Year, Pediatrics, MedScape
  • 2007 Gold Medal Award, RAND Corporation