Jessica Phillips

Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.S. in counseling, San Diego State; B.A. in psychology, San Diego State


Jessica Phillips is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. She currently supports national efforts to measure and improve quality of health care. As part of this work, she manages qualitative and quantitative data collection and analyses, designs and coordinates pilot testing and trainings, oversees program evaluation, and manages daily operations of projects such as budgeting, progress reports, and team and client communications. Prior to joining RAND, Phillips worked at Northwestern University managing a portfolio of statewide quality improvement initiatives focused on improving transitions of care and reducing inappropriate hospitalizations. At Yale University, she served as the lead project associate on a randomized trial comparing treatment strategies for opioid-dependent patients receiving emergency care. In this role, she recruited patients through structured interviews, medical record abstraction, and clinician input; conducted motivation interviews using the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's (SAMHSA) models of Standardized Brief Interventions and Referrals to Treatment (SBIRT) and Brief Negotiated Interviews (BNI) for opioid dependence; and managed patient retention and follow-up activities. Phillips holds an M.S. in rehabilitation counseling with a specialization in psychiatric disabilities and a B.A. in psychology.