Lilian Perez

Lilian Perez
Full Policy Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


Post-doctoral fellowship in cancer prevention, National Cancer Institute; Ph.D. in public health, UC San Diego/San Diego State University; M.P.H. in public health, Emory University; B.A. in neuroscience, Wellesley College


Lilian Perez is an full policy researcher at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research is focused on multilevel determinants (e.g., individual, social, environmental, and policy) of health and health equity, with much of her work focused on the Latino population in the U.S. Specifically, Perez works at the intersection of community-based interventions, epidemiology, and implementation science to advance understanding of the drivers of health inequities and inform interventions. She has led research focused on physical activity, obesity, substance use, mental health, chronic pain, and vaccinations, among other topics. Her research has been supported by various funders (NIH, CDC, foundations, etc.).

Perez received her Ph.D. from the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health at the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University, MPH from the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University, and BA from Wellesley College. She is a Gates Millennium Scholar. Prior to joining RAND, she was a post-doctoral fellow in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. 

Selected Publications

Perez, L.G.; Williams, M.V.; Dopp, A.R.; Ringel, J.S.; Faherty, L.J., "Lessons from an implementation evaluation of a real-world multi-city initiative to address COVID-19 vaccination inequities," Community Health Equity Research and Policy, 2023

Perez, L.G.; Flόrez, K.R.; Seelam, R.; Williams, M.V.; Derose, K.P., "Effects of a faith-based obesity intervention on African American and Latino adults’ children," Community Health Equity Research and Policy, 2024 (forthcoming)

Perez, L.G.; Tucker, J.S.; Pedersen, E.R.; Troxel, W.M.; Rodriguez, A.; Firth, C.L.; Seelam, R.; Shih, R.A.; D'Amico, E.J., "Neighborhood social environment change in late adolescence predicts substance use in emerging adulthood," Health and Place, 75(102807), 2022

Perez, L.G.; Cohen, D.A.; Seelam, R.; Han, B.; Arredondo, E.; Castro, G.; Rodriguez, C.; Mata, M.; Larson, A.; Derose, K., "Church contextual factors associated with Latinx physical activity and park use," Family & Community Health, 45(3), 2022

Perez, L.G.; Siconolfi, D.; Troxel, W.M.; Tucker, J.S.; Seelam, R.; Rodriguez, A.; Shih, R.A.; D’Amico, E.J., "Loneliness and multiple health domains: Associations among emerging adults," Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 45(2), 2021

Perez, L.G.; Oh, A.; Dwyer, L.; Perna, F.; Berrigan, D., "School contextual correlates of physical activity among a national adolescent sample," Preventive Medicine Reports, 14(100835), 2019

Perez, L.G.; Ruiz, J.; Berrigan, D., "Neighborhood environment perceptions among Latinos in the US," International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(17), 2019

Perez, L.G.; Kerr, J.; Sallis, J.F.; Slymen, D.; McKenzie, T.L.; Elder, J.P.; Arredondo, E.M., "Perceived neighborhood environmental factors that maximize the effectiveness of a multilevel intervention promoting physical activity among Latinas," American Journal of Health Promotion, 32(2), 2017