Peter Mendel

Peter Mendel
Senior Sociologist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Ph.D. in sociology, Stanford University


Peter Mendel (he/his) is a senior sociologist at RAND and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. He specializes in organizational dynamics, improvement, and global and comparative institutions, particularly related to health care systems.

Mendel has led or co-led evaluations ranging from federal investments in health services and primary care research and national partnerships to promote patient safety, to local community-based networks to improve the delivery and coordination of health and related services. Other specific areas of research include stakeholder engagement and participatory research methods, inter-organizational networks for health care delivery and policy, and innovations in health care delivery such as collaborative care models and patient-centered medical homes.

He has also co-authored books on the sustainability of quality improvement in leading medical centers in the U.S. and Europe and on broad-scale institutional changes in health care and their effects on medical delivery organizations in the San Francisco Bay area over a half century. Mendel received his Ph.D. in sociology from Stanford University.

Selected Publications

Qureshi N, Kroger J, Zangwill K, Joshi N, Payton K, Mendel P, "Changes in Perceptions of Antibiotic Stewardship Among Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Providers Over the Course of a Learning Collaborative: A Prospective, Multi-site, Mixed Methods Evaluation," Journal of Perinatology (forthcoming)

Mendel, Peter, Courtney A. Gidengil, Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel, Sean Mann, Adam J. Rose, Kristin J. Leuschner, Nabeel Qureshi, Vishnupriya Kareddy, Jessica L. Sousa, and Daniel Kim, Health Services and Primary Care Research Study: Comprehensive Report, RAND Corporation (RR-A1503-1), 2021

Mendel P, O’Hora J, Zhang L, Stockdale S, Dixon EL, Gilmore J, Jones F, Jones A, Williams P, Sharif MZ, Masongsong Z, Kadkhoda F, Pulido E, Chung B, Wells KB, "Engaging Community Networks to Improve Depression Services: A Cluster-Randomized Trial of a Community Engagement and Planning Intervention," Community Mental Health Journal, 57(3), 2021

Mendel P, Green HD, Palar K, Kanouse DE, Bluthenthal RN, Mata MA, Oden CW, Derose KP, "Congregational Involvement in HIV: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of Factors Influencing HIV Activity Among Diverse Urban Congregations," Social Science and Medicine, 246, 2020

Mendel P, Chen EK, Green HD, Armstrong C, Timbie JW, Kress AM, Friedberg MW, Kahn KL, "Pathways to Medical Home Recognition: A Qualitative Comparative Analysis of the PCMH Transformation Process," Health Services Research, 53(4, Part I), 2018

Peter Mendel, Sari Siegel, Kristin Leuschner, Elizabeth M. Gall, Daniel Weinberg, and Katherine Kahn, "The National Response for Preventing Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs): Infrastructure Development," Medical Care, 52(2 Suppl 1), 2014

Peter Mendel, Cheryl Damberg, Melony E. Sorbero, Danielle M. Varda, and Donna O. Farley, "The Growth of Partnerships to Support Safe Practice Adoption," Health Services Research, 44(2 Part II), 2009

Paul Bate, Peter Mendel, and Glenn Robert, Organizing for Quality: The Improvement Journeys of Leading Hospitals in Europe and the United States, Radcliffe Publishing, 2008