Carra S. Sims

Carra S. Sims
Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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Carra S. Sims is a senior behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation working in RAND Project AIR FORCE, the RAND Arroyo Center, and the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center on U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, U.S. Army, and Department of Homeland Security manpower and wellness. Her current and past research includes investigating the effects of workplace stressors (including military deployment, discrimination, and sexual harassment) on job attitudes and performance; assessing quality of life issues faced by military families, wounded warriors, and caregivers; evaluating employee selection systems, including the use of the Air Force Officer Qualifying Test in the Air Force officer selection system; exploring the effects of organizational climate and culture on job attitudes and behaviors, and how best to change organizational climate and culture; and determining the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for success in various military and civilian jobs. Prior to joining RAND, Sims examined issues of climate, stress, and morale for the Army Trends Analysis Research Unit at the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences. She has published several RAND reports and her work has appeared in the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology, among other venues. She received her Ph.D. in industrial and organizational psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Recent Projects

  • Today's Army Spouse Survey
  • Continuing Down the Road to Reintegration: Status and Ongoing Support of the U.S. Air Force's Wounded Warriors
  • Today's Soldier: Assessing the Needs of Soldiers and Their Families
  • Identifying Promising Approaches to U.S. Army Institutional Change: A Review of the Literature on Organizational Culture and Climate


  • Sexual Harassment in Today's Rapidly Changing Workplace

    Carra Sims, a senior behavioral and social scientist, has studied sexual harassment in the workplace for over a decade. In this Q&A, she discusses the changes that have taken place in recent years and the issue of accountability in matrixed organizations and in the gig economy.

    Sep 23, 2019

    Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology