Lisa S. Meredith

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Senior Behavioral Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in applied social psychology, Claremont Graduate University; M.A. in general experimental psychology, California State University, Northridge; B.A. in psychology, California State University, Northridge

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Lisa Meredith is a senior behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research addresses collaborative care for depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), health care provider behavior, and psychological aspects of public health preparedness and response.

Meredith is currently leading a study funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to address the mental and physical well-being of frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Meredith is also currently leading a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) study of trauma-informed collaborative care for low-income African Americans who receive care in Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHCs) and is a key investigator on a recently funded NIMH study of collaborative care for opioid use disorder co-occurring with depression and/or PTSD.

She recently completed a 5-year NIMH multi-site randomized controlled trial examining the effectiveness of collaborative care for PTSD in six FQHCs. She also led survey evaluations of primary care professional experiences with the VA’s patient-centered medical homes and is examining predictors of provider burnout for the DoD. She helped Los Angeles County prepare hospitals and clinics for addressing the psychological aspects of large-scale public health emergencies and identified best practices for expanding access and coverage for the National Diabetes Prevention Program under Medicaid; identified factors associated with psychological resilience in the military; led the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation evaluation of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Breakthrough Series Learning Collaborative for depression; and was a lead investigator of RAND’s Invisible Wounds study.

Meredith has published over 100 peer-reviewed publications. She earned her Ph.D. in social psychology from Claremont Graduate University.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Research Scientist, VA HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy

Recent Projects

  • Protecting the Mental and Physical Well-Being of Frontline Healthcare Workers During COVID-19
  • Trauma-Informed Collaborative Care for Low-Income African Americans with PTSD
  • Collaborative Care for Co-Occurring Opioid Use Disorders and Depression and/or PTSD
  • Alcohol Screening in an Ethnically Diverse Sample of Adolescents in Primary Care
  • Improving PTSD Management in Primary Care

Selected Publications

Meredith, L. S., Batorsky, B. S., Cefalu, M., Darling, J. E., Stockdale, S. E., Yano, E. M., & Rubenstein, L. V., "Long-term impact of evidence-based quality improvement for facilitating medical home implementation on primary care health professional morale," BMC Family Practice, 19, 2018

Meredith, L. S., Seelam, R.m, Stein, B. S., Parast, L., Shadel W. G., & D'Amico, E. J., "Adolescents with better mental health have less problem alcohol use six months later," Addictive Behaviors, 95, 2019

L. S., Eisenman, D. P., Han, B., Green, B. L., Kaltman, S., Wong, E. C., Sorbero, M., Vaughan, C., Cassells, A., Zatzick, D., Diaz, C., Hickey, S., Kurz, J., & Tobin, J. N., "Impact of the Violence and Stress Assessment (ViStA) program to improve PTSD management in primary care: A randomized controlled trial," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 31(509), 2016

Meredith, L. S., Eisenman, D. P., Green, B. L., Basurto-Davila, R., Cassells, A., & Tobin, J. N., "System factors affect the recognition and management of post-traumatic stress disorder by primary care clinicians," Medical Care, 47, 2009

Meredith, L. S., Mendel, P., Pearson, M, Wu, S. Y. Joyce, G., Straus, J. B., et al., "Implementation and maintenance of quality improvement for treating depression in primary care," Psychiatric Services, 57, 2006

Meredith, L. S., Stein, B. D., Paddock, S. M., Jaycox, L. H., Quinn, V. P., Chandra, A., et al., "Perceived barriers to treatment for adolescent depression," Medical Care, 47, 2009

Meredith, L. S., Eisenman, D. P., Rhodes, H., Ryan, G., Long, A., "Trust influences response to public health messages during a bioterrorist event," Journal of Health Communication, 12, 2007

Meredith L.S., Zazzali, J.L., Shields, S., Eisenman, D.P., Alsabagh, H., "Psychological effects of patient surge in large-scale emergencies: a quality improvement tool for hospital and clinic capacity planning and response," Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 25, 2010

Honors & Awards

  • Harold and Colene Brown Paerdee Faculty Chair, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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    Raising Awareness of the Need for Collaborative Care to Treat PTSD

    Post-traumatic stress disorder affects nearly 8 percent of American adults from all walks of life. Research suggests that more work is needed to improve and adapt models of care for PTSD.

    Jun 23, 2017 The RAND Blog

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    Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Vulnerable Populations

    June is National PTSD Awareness Month and June 27th is PTSD Awareness Day, providing an opportunity to recognize the challenges faced by survivors of trauma who live with PTSD symptoms. RAND research is helping increase awareness about the disorder and inform policy about how to prevent and address it.

    Jun 26, 2012