Molly Simmons

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Associate Policy Researcher
Boston Office


A.B. in anthropology, Harvard University; Ph.D. in health policy and management, Johns Hopkins University


Molly M. Simmons is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests and expertise include military and veterans' health and mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, substance use disorder, homelessness, and justice involvement as it relates to health. She wrote her graduate dissertation on the military and VA's Integrated Disability Evaluation System (IDES). As a fellow, she led a project investigating racial disparities in the drug treatment court system and another project focused on identifying the healthcare and housing needs for veterans leaving incarceration. She has also contributed to numerous other projects related to the physical and mental well-being of veterans and service members. At RAND, Simmons is engaged in several projects ranging from blast-related injuries among service members, military disability and mental illness, racial disparities and DUI-related interventions, physician payment structures, post-acute care evaluation to opioid use and infectious disease transmission. She holds a Ph.D. in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and an A.B. from Harvard University. She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the VA Health Services Research and Development's Center for Healthcare Organization and Implementation Research/Boston University School of Public Health.