Julia Rollison

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Senior Policy Researcher
Washington Office

Education

Ph.D. in research, measurement and evaluation, Boston College; M.P.H. in global health, The George Washington University; B.S. in applied psychology, Ithaca College

Overview

Julia Rollison (she/her) is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research primarily focuses on improving understanding of pressing public health issues for vulnerable populations through mixed-methods approaches. At RAND, she leads several program evaluations as well as supports analyses, measure development, and stakeholder engagement for different clients. She also serves as a member of RAND's Public Sector Team. Recently completed work includes (1) leading a series of systematic reviews to inform quality family planning service recommendations, particularly for LGBTQIA and adolescents; (2) directing a quality improvement initiative to improve health care for women veterans at various VA health systems; and (3) conducting a qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to HIV prevention and care for transgender women. She is skilled at designing program evaluations to obtain an appropriate balance between methodological rigor and practicality, so findings are useful and defensible for intended audiences. Throughout her career, she has overseen the administration of tens of thousands of web-based surveys and conducted over 30 group interviews and focus groups, as well as over 300 individual interviews with a range of stakeholder types, such as medical providers, researchers, HIV-affected youth, members of the military, and government officials. She has worked on or led contracts for a range of government agencies including AHRQ, CDC, CMS, DoD, DOT, NIH, NSF, OASH, SAMHSA, and VA as well as non-governmental and local organizations (e.g., school districts, health departments). She received her Ph.D. in research, measurement, and evaluation from Boston College.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Part-Time Faculty, The George Washington University

Selected Publications

Bandini, J., Rollison, J., Feistel, K., Whitaker, L., Bialas, A., & Etchegaray, J. , "Home Care Aide Safety Concerns and Job Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic," NEW SOLUTIONS: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, 31(1), 2021

Rollison, J., Bandini, J., Gilbert, M., & Ahluwalia, S. , "Incorporating the patient and caregiver voice in palliative care quality measure development," Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 59(2), 2021

Klein, DA, Berry-Bibee, EN, Keglovitz, KB, Malcolm, NM, Rollison, JM, Frederiksen, BN, "Providing quality family planning services to LGBTQIA individuals: a systematic review," Contraception, 97(5), 2018

Sharma, AF, Frederiksen, B, Malcolm, N, Rollison, J, & Carter, M, "Community education for and engagement in family planning: an updated systematic review," American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 55(5), 2018

Klein, DA, Malcolm, NM, Berry-Bibee, EN, Paradise, SL, Coulter, JS, Baker, KK, Schvey, NA, Rollison, JM, & Frederiksen, BN , "Quality primary care and family planning services for LGBTQIA clients: A comprehensive review of clinical guidelines," LGBT Health, 5(3), 2018

Rollison, J, Banks, D, Martin, AJ, Owens, C, Thomas, N, Dressler, K, & Wells, M, "Improving school-justice partnerships: lessons learned from the Safe Schools/Healthy Students initiative," Family Court Review, 51(3), 2013

Rollison, J, Hill, G, Yu, P, Murray, S, Mannix, D, Mathews-Younes, A, & Wells, M, "Evaluation of a complex, multisite, multilevel grants initiative," Evaluation and Program Planning, 35(2), 2012

DePalma MT, Rollison J, & Camporese M, "Psychosocial predictors of diabetes management," American Journal of Health Behavior, 35(2), 2011

Commentary

  • Health Care Access

    Abortion After the Dobbs Decision: Q&A with RAND Researchers

    The overturning of Roe v. Wade is likely to disproportionately affect vulnerable populations, including U.S. service women and pregnant women with substance use disorders. And abortion misinformation will likely increase. RAND researchers discuss these issues and potential policy responses.

    Oct 25, 2022

  • Telemedicine

    Telemedicine Abortion? It's Not as Easy as It Sounds

    The Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade has providers and health advocates strategizing about how to provide more abortions where it is still legal. Expanding virtual medical visits is one popular idea. Policymakers and clinics could take steps to make telemedicine better understood, easier to use, and more equitable.

    Aug 19, 2022

    The Hill

  • Women's Health

    Combating Abortion Misinformation in the Post-Roe Environment

    Misinformation could become a major barrier to individuals trying to navigate their way to safe, legal, and quality reproductive care. What might states, health insurers, and technology companies do to address this issue?

    Jul 6, 2022

    Route Fifty

  • Health Care Workforce

    Elevating the Well-Being of Home Care Workers

    More than 2.3 million home care workers are responsible for caring for millions of Americans who are unable to fully care for themselves. It's worth considering policy options to provide them with better access to PPE, improved compensation, and formal recognition that their work is essential.

    Dec 10, 2020

    The RAND Blog

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