Andrea Prado Tuma

Behavioral/Social Scientist
Boston Office


Ph.D. in human development and social policy, Northwestern University; M.A. in human development and social policy, Northwestern University; B.A. in psychology, Vassar College


Andrea Prado Tuma is a behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research seeks to understand how schools and districts implement programs and/or policies to advance equity in education. She has particular expertise in school leadership, research-practice partnerships, and school-community engagement and specializes in qualitative and social network methodology.

Prado Tuma is currently working on projects focused on networked improvement communities (NICs), the enactment of diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in schools, social and emotional learning, and curriculum implementation. Prior to graduate school, she worked at the Mexican Institute of Family and Population Research, where she contributed to the design of a curriculum to increase the academic achievement and middle school enrollment of girls in rural Mexico. Prado Tuma received an M.A. and Ph.D. in human development and social policy from Northwestern University.