Carra S. Sims

Carra S. Sims
Senior Behavioral and Social Scientist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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 RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Sims work in RAND Arroyo Center, RAND Project AIR FORCE, and the Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center on U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Space Force, 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 of Air Force officers; 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.