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 Phillips is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She has expertise in education policy, policy analysis, program evaluation, and qualitative methods and analysis. Phillips's research is focused on ways to improve public education in the United States, rural education and communities, reduce racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps, and improve equity of educational and life outcomes. Her work at RAND is focused on studying implementation of education reforms, policies and programs. Current research topics include implementation of large-scale education reforms, positive behavior management and school climate, personalized learning, and out-of-school time opportunities.

Prior to joining 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, she served as the co-director of a longitudinal, federally funded IES grant seeking to identify and intervene with students at risk for school failure in grades K–3.

Phillips holds an M.Ed. in special education, applied behavior analysis and a B.S. in child development and special education with a minor in cognitive studies from Vanderibilt University.

Recent Projects

  • Evaluation of the Appalachian Renaissance Initiative
  • Evaluation of the College and Career Readiness Initiative
  • Reducing Problem Behaviors Through Positive Youth Development
  • Taking Effective School Violence Prevention to Scale
  • Engineers of the Future: Students for STEM Education

Honors & Awards

  • RAND Mentoring Award
  • RAND Spotlight Awards