Katya Migacheva

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Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
Boston Office


Ph.D. in social psychology, University of Massachusetts


Katya Migacheva (she/her) is a social and behavioral scientist at the RAND Corporation. She is a social psychologist with a passion for building bridges between social research and application, to bear on urgent societal challenges of today. Migacheva has has conducted work both within the United States and internationally and applied her diverse methodological and subject matter expertise to research and program evaluations in the domains of violence prevention and peacebuilding, societies in transition, education, criminal justice, and international relations. In her current position as a social scientist at the RAND Corporation, Migacheva leads multidisciplinary research teams, contributes to business development, liaises between researchers and policy stakeholders, and serves as a faculty at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Prior to RAND, Migacheva served as a Senior Fellow on the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission in the U.S. Congress, where she managed a diverse international portfolio, developed legislation, liaised with international NGOs, and elevated social scientific voices to inform foreign and domestic policies. Katya holds a Ph.D. in social psychology with the concentration in psychology of peace and violence from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.


Russian; Spanish; English