Matthew L. Mizel

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Ph.D. in social welfare, UC Los Angeles; M.S.W in social welfare, UC Los Angeles; A.B. in psychology, Stanford University


Matthew Mizel is an associate policy researcher at RAND where his research spans criminal justice, healthcare, and education.  In criminal justice, he has conducted research on prosecutorial discretion during pretrial, examining factors that shape decision making. Mizel has also published quantitative and qualitative research on the minimum age for juvenile court eligibility, the efficacy of re-entry interventions, and psychosocial factors in criminal desistance.  In healthcare, his work has investigated sources of racial disparities in both choice of procedure and patient experience. Mizel’s research in education has examined ways to improve the efficacy of postsecondary prison education and risk factors for racial disparities in school discipline.  He began volunteering teaching creative writing to incarcerated youth in 2003 through the Los Angeles non-profit InsideOut Writers and has taught over 1,500 classes since then.  Mizel also mentors young people in Los Angeles after their release from incarceration through the Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC).  He received a Ph.D. and master’s in social work from UCLA and a bachelor’s from Stanford in psychology with honors.