Julia Rollison

Julia Rollison
Director, Social and Behavioral Policy Program; Senior Policy Researcher


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


Julia Rollison (she/her) is director, Social and Behavioral Policy Program, and a senior policy researcher at RAND. Her research focuses on pressing public health issues as well as health care access and quality, with emphasis on reproductive health and the health care workforce. At RAND, she leads various program evaluations as well as evidence reviews on topics such as abortion access and policy, direct care worker supports, domestic abuse, and dementia caregiving. Recently completed work at RAND includes (1) a three-year evaluation of a support program for direct care workers in hospital settings; (2) a series of evidence reviews around mental health outcomes and treatments following sexual assault and sexual harassment; and (3) a national evaluation of CMS's Million Hearts Model.

Throughout her career, Rollison has overseen the administration of tens of thousands of web-based surveys and conducted over 40 group interviews and focus groups, as well as over 500 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 foundations and local organizations (e.g., school districts, health departments). She received her Ph.D. in research, measurement, and evaluation from Boston College.

Selected Publications

1.Bandini, J., Rollison, J., & Etchegaray, J., "Understanding Multi-Level Factors Related to Retention Among the Direct Care Workforce: Incorporating Lessons Learned in Considering Innovative Interventions," Journal of Healthcare Management, 69(1), 2024

2.Blue, L., Kranker, K., Markovitz, A.R., Powell, R.E., Williams, M.V., Pu, J., Magid, D.J., McCall, N., Steiner, A., Stewart, K.A., Rollison, J.M., Markovich, P., & Peterson, G., "Effects of the Million Hearts Model on Myocardial Infarctions, Strokes, and Medicare Spending: A Randomized Clinical Trial," JAMA, 330(15), 2023

Bandini, J.I., Rollison J, & Etchegaray, J., "Journaling among home care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic: A promising method for qualitative data collection. ," Qualitative Social Work, 2022

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

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, 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