Andrea Phillips

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Senior Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


B.S. in education and child development, Vanderbilt University; M.Ed. in special education; applied behavior analysis, Vanderbilt University


Andrea (Andie) Phillips is a senior policy analyst with expertise in education policy, policy analysis, program evaluation, qualitative methods and analysis, and single case design. Phillips’ research is focused on improving public K–12 education in United States, reducing the racial and socioeconomic achievement gap, and improving equity outcomes for children and youth. Her research studies have used mixed methods to examine both the implementation and effectiveness of policies, reforms, and programs. Phillips has extensive experience executing large-scale randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental designed studies in a variety of settings. She has also managed large-scale and complex data collection tasks. Current research topics include positive youth development, education technology, prevention programming, evidence-based programs, and the four-day school week policy. Prior to RAND, Phillips taught middle school in Washington, D.C. where she led school reform efforts in academic and behavioral interventions, data-driven decisionmaking, and school climate. At Vanderbilt University, Phillips served as the co-director of a longitudinal, federally funded research grant seeking to identify and intervene with students at-risk for school failure in grades K–3. She received an M.Ed. in applied behavior analysis from Vanderbilt University. Phillips also holds a B.S. in education and child development with a minor in cognitive studies from Vanderbilt University.

Recent Projects

  • Taking Effective School Violence Prevention to Scale
  • Evaluation of the Four-Day School Week Policy
  • Improving the Implementation of Evidence-based Drug Prevention Programs in Schools
  • Reducing Problem Behaviors Through Positive Youth Development
  • Engineers of the Future: Students for STEM Education

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Mentoring Award
  • RAND Spotlight Awards