Regina Shih is director, Social and Behavioral Policy Program, and a senior behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. She currently has three primary research areas: aging policy, environmental health, and behavioral health. Her aging policy work includes (1) examining the effects of a LTSS rebalancing initiative; (2) examining age-friendly initiatives on the resilience of older adults to disasters; (3) developing a national blueprint for dementia LTSS; and (4) developing instruments to assess medication reconciliation for post-acute care settings. Her recent environmental health work includes (1) understanding environmental contributions to mental health and substance use disorders; (2) developing a national database of demographic, social, economic, and physical characteristics of neighborhoods and testing how they influence cognitive aging and dementia risk; (3) estimating chemical exposure risks following climate change-related weather events; and (4) clarifying the health and mental health effects of lead exposure and ambient air pollution. Her behavioral health work includes (1) studying the impacts of poor sleep and developing recommendations for the DoD to improve sleep programs and policies in the military; and (2) identifying multi-level risk and protective factors for adolescent substance use and risk behaviors. Shih is skilled at leading sophisticated mixed-methods studies that incorporate large epidemiological study designs, qualitative data collection, and advanced statistical analyses including latent variable modeling. She also leads the Climate Change and Health Interest Group for RAND Health. She received her Ph.D. in psychiatric epidemiology from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Troxel WM, Shih RA, Pedersen E, Geyer L, Fisher M, Haas A, Griffin BA, Kurz J, Steinberg P, Promoting Healthy Sleep in U.S. Servicemembers, RAND Corporation (RR-739), 2015
Shih RA, Concannon TW, Liu JL, Friedman EM, Improving Dementia Long-Term Care: A Policy Blueprint, RAND Corporation (RR-597), 2014
Shih RA, Mullins L, Ewing B, Miyashiro L, Tucker JS, Pedersen E, Miles JNV, D’Amico EJ, "Access to Alcohol Outlets and Its Association with Young Adolescent Alcohol Use," Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 2015
Kovalchik SA, Friedman EM, Miles JNV, Slaughter ME, Shih RA, "Racial/Ethnic Composition and Segregation and Trajectories of Cognitive Decline Among U.S. Older Adults," Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health, 2015
Friedman EM, Shih RA, Langa KM, Hurd MD, "U.S. Prevalence and Predictors of Informal Caregiving for Dementia," Health Affairs, 2015
Shih RA, Miles JNV, Zhou AJ, Tucker JS, D'Amico EJ, "Racial/Ethnic Differences in the Influence of Cultural Values, Resistance Self-Efficacy, and Alcohol Expectancies on Risk for Alcohol Initiation," Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 2012