Peter Mendel

Peter Mendel
Senior Sociologist; Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in sociology, Stanford University


Peter Mendel (he/his) is a senior sociologist at the RAND Corporation 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.

Recent Projects

  • Implementation and Evaluation of a Video-based Prospective Feedback Intervention to Improve Antimicrobial Stewardship in Neonatal intensive Care Units
  • Health Services and Primary Care Research Study (PI)
  • Co-Design of Services for Health and Reentry (CO-SHARE): First Pilot of Experience-Based Co-Design in the U.S. (Co-PI)
  • Evaluation of the HHS Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) National Action Plan, Phase II (RAND PI)
  • Evaluation of the Federally Qualified Health Center Advance Primary Care Practice Demonstration (Qualitative Task Lead)

Selected Publications

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

Peter Mendel, Lisa S. Meredith, Michael Schoenbaum, Cathy D. Sherbourne, and Kenneth B. Wells, "Interventions in Organizational and Community Context: A Framework for Building Evidence on Dissemination and Implementation in Health Services Research," Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research (APMH & MHSR), 35(1-2), 2008

Honors & Awards

  • CPIC study team awards: ACT Team Science Award; Tom Bruce Award-Community Based Public Health Caucus; Community-Campus Partnerships for Health Award, UCLA Landmark Award, 2014-2015
  • Eliot Freidson Award, Most Outstanding Book Contribution to Medical Sociology, American Sociological Association 2002
  • Max Weber Award, Best Scholarly Book Publication in Organizational Sociology, American Sociological Association 2001