Sierra Smucker

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Associate Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in public policy analysis, Duke University; M.Sc. in social policy research, London School of Economics


Sierra Smucker is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on violence prevention and behavioral health. At RAND, Smucker has worked on a range of projects including RAND's State Gun Law Database where she focused on Extreme Risk Protection Order laws and firearms laws related to domestic violence. She currently leads a study of the implementation of such laws at the state level. She has also worked on multiple projects related to sexual assault prevention in the military, working to develop a concrete guide to best practices for military service academies looking to improve their sexual assault prevention programming. Smucker's expertise also includes substance use prevention as well as mental health care access. 

Smucker holds a degree in American history from Occidental College and an M.Sc. in social policy from the London School of Economics. She earned her Ph.D. from Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

Selected Publications

Smucker, S., Pedersen, E. R., LaBrie, J. W., D’Amico, E. J., Farris, C., Klein, D. J., & Griffin, B. A., "There and back again…safely: Examining students’ reports of substance use and sexual assault prevention program receipt prior to departure abroad.," Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, 2019 (forthcoming)

Smucker, Sierra, Eric R. Pedersen, and Terri Tanielian, "Improving Behavioral Health Care Access and Treatment Options for Veterans with Co-Occurring Behavioral Health Problems," RAND Working Paper, 2019

Sierra Smucker, Rose E. Kerber, Philip J. Cook , "Suicide and Additional Homicides Associated with Intimate Partner Homicide: North Carolina 2004–2013," Journal of Urban Health, 2018