Dana Schultz

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Senior Policy Researcher
Pittsburgh Office


M.P.P. in public policy, Harvard University

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Dana Schultz (she/her) is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She has extensive experience in research and evaluation design, implementation and outcomes evaluations, quantitative and qualitative methodologies, developmental and participatory evaluation approaches, and collaborative research relationships with agencies and organizations in different health and social service sectors. She has conducted numerous evaluation studies to document implementation and assess effectiveness of programs designed to improve health, mental health, and other outcomes for parents, children, and families. She brings substantive expertise in maternal and child health and well-being, child and adult behavioral health interventions, child welfare, and children exposed to violence. She has also undertaken efforts to assess the availability and capacity of services, supports, and needs for different populations and portfolio review efforts to assess the outputs and outcomes from government and foundation funded research. She received her M.P.P. from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Recent Projects

  • Strategy Evaluation of the Healthy and Equitable Futures Initiative
  • Prediction and reduction of infant mortality in Allegheny County
  • Evaluation and research services relating to the Connections to Care initiative
  • Strategic planning and support for the Health and Well-being program
  • Evaluation of the Helping Families Raise Healthy Children initiative to improve systems of care for families

Selected Publications

Schultz, D., Lovejoy, S., & Peet, E. , "Tackling Persistent and Large Disparities in Birth Outcomes in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania," Maternal and Child Health Journal, 2022

Schultz, Dana, Susan L. Lovejoy, and Evan D. Peet, Examining Interventions to Address Infant Mortality in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, RAND Corporation (RR-A858-1), 2020

The RAND Corporation, Mental Health Task-Shifting in Community-Based Organizations: Implementation, Impact, and Cost — Evaluation of the Connections to Care Program, RAND Corporation (RR-3083), 2020

Ringel, Jeanne S., Dana Schultz, Joshua Mendelsohn, Stephanie Brooks Holliday, Katharine Sieck, Ifeanyi Edochie, and Lauren Davis, Improving Child Welfare Outcomes: Balancing Investments in Prevention and Treatment, RAND Corporation (RR-1775), 2017

Schultz, Dana, Lisa H. Jaycox, Lynsay Ayer, Claude Messan Setodji, Ammarah Mahmud, Aaron Kofner, and Dionne Barnes-Proby, Improving Outcomes for Children Exposed to Violence: Safe Start Promising Approaches, RAND Corporation (RR-1728), 2017

Barnes-Proby, Dionne, Dana Schultz, Lisa H. Jaycox, and Lynsay Ayer, Five Strategies for Successful Recruitment and Retention of Children and Families in Human Service Programs, RAND Corporation (TL-242), 2017

Schultz, Dana, Kerry Reynolds, Lisa Sontag-Padilla, Susan L. Lovejoy, Ray Firth, and Harold Alan Pincus, Transforming Systems for Parental Depression and Early Childhood Developmental Delays: Findings and Lessons Learned from the Helping Families Raise Healthy Children Initiative, RAND Corporation (RR-122), 2013

Schultz, Dana, Kerry Reynolds, Lisa Sontag-Padilla, Susan L. Lovejoy, Ray Firth, Patricia Schake, Jilan Hawk, Sue Killmeyer, Erin Troup, Michele Myers-Cepicka, and Melva Perich, A Toolkit for Implementing Parental Depression Screening, Referral, and Treatment Across Systems, RAND Corporation (TL-102), 2012


  • Depression

    New Depression-Screening Guidelines Could Help Both Mother and Child

    Behavioral health professionals and community agencies often do not consider the impact of parental depression on young children or focus on the adult's role as a parent. New guidelines recommending depression screening during primary care visits for pregnant women and new mothers are a critical first step.

    Mar 18, 2016

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

  • Minority Students

    Realizing the Potential of 'My Brother's Keeper'

    The White House has mobilized an impressive coalition to address a critical national challenge, and used the power of research evidence to begin to structure the initiative. By drawing more lessons from research, the initiative can further bolster its chance to build strong and lasting ladders of opportunity and success for boys and young men of color.

    Mar 16, 2014

    The Hill

  • Preschool Pays Off

    Published commentary by RAND staff: Preschool Pays Off, in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

    Sep 20, 2006

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette