Sarah A. Nowak

Photo of Sarah Nowak
Senior Physical Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School; Co-Director, Center for Scalable Computing and Analysis
Off Site Office

Education

Ph.D. and M.S. in biomathematics, University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in physics, MIT

Media Resources

This researcher is available for interviews.

To arrange an interview, contact the RAND Office of Media Relations at (310) 451-6913, or email media@rand.org.

More Experts

Overview

Sarah Nowak is a senior physical scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Nowak specializes in mathematical modeling.  One of her primary areas of research involves integrating agent-based modeling approaches with national surveys to examine how information individuals gather through their social networks impacts individual-level decision making as well as health outcomes at the population level.  She has applied these methods to study how patients and providers make decisions about breast cancer screening. In addition, Nowak has been involved in a number of studies using microsimulation modeling to forecast the impact of health care reforms on health insurance coverage, families' health care costs, and costs to federal and state governments.  Her other research interests include examining options to tailor Air Force medical capabilities for future conflict environments. Nowak received her Ph.D. and M.S. in biomathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles and B.S. in physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Pardee RAND Graduate School Courses

Commentary

Publications