Aneesa Motala

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Program Coordinator and Project Assistant, Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center (SCEPC)
Off Site Office


B.A. in sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara


Aneesa Motala is a project manager at the RAND Corporation and program coordinator for the Southern California-based Practice Center (SCEPC). She supports and manages numerous project teams consisting of literature reviewers, data programmers, principle investigators and co-principle investigators, and statisticians to produce systematic reviews, updates to prior reports, and meta-analyses. Motala's background is in mental health, working with marginalized populations, and youth development. Prior to RAND, she spent 4 years in Bulgaria serving as a Peace Corps volunteer for the Youth Development program working with Roma youth. Motala earned her B.A. in sociology from the University of California in Santa Barbara.

Selected Publications

Pedersen ER, Rubenstein L, Kandrack R, Danz M, Belsher B, Motala A, Booth M, Larkin J, Hempel S, "Elusive search for effective provider interventions: a systematic review of provider interventions to increase adherence to evidence-based treatment for depression," Implement Sci, 2018

Grant S, Motala A, Chrystal JG, Shanman R, Zuchowski J, Zephyrin L, Cordasco KM, "Describing care coordination of gynecologic oncology in western healthcare settings: a rapid review," Transl Behav Med., 2018

Apaydin EA, Maher AR, Raaen L, Motala A, Baxi S, Shanman RM, Hempel S, "The Use of Technology in the Clinical Care of Depression: An Evidence Map," J Clin Psychiatry, 2018

Ahluwalia SC, Chen C, Raaen L, Motala A, Walling AM, Chamberlin M, O'Hanlon C, Larkin J, Lorenz K, Akinniranye O, Hempel S, "A Systematic Review in Support of the National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, Fourth Edition," J Pain Symptom Manage

Grant S, Colaiaco B, Motala A, Shanman R, Sorbero M, Hempel S., "Acupuncture for the Treatment of Adults with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," J Trauma Dissociation, 2018

Grant S, Colaiaco B, Motala A, Shanman R, Booth M, Sorbero M, Hempel S , "Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for Substance Use Disorders: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysi," Journal of Addiction Medicine, 2017

Sarkar U, McDonald K, Motala A, Smith P, Zipperer L, Wachter RM, Shanman R, Shekelle PG, "Pragmatic Insights on Patient Safety Priorities and Intervention Strategies in Ambulatory Settings.," Jt Comm J Qual Patient Saf, 2017

Shekelle PG, Shetty K, Newberry S, Maglione M, Motala A. , "Machine Learning Versus Standard Techniques for Updating Searches for Systematic Reviews: A Diagnostic Accuracy Study," Ann Intern Med, 2017

Honors & Awards

  • Impact Award, RAND