Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel

Associate Policy Researcher
Off Site Office


Ph.D. in health services research & policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine; M.P.H., University of Utah; M.H.A., University of Utah; B.A. in human biology, Stanford University


Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. She specializes in developing and applying mixed methods approaches to explore issues of complexity and impacts across sectors of the health system. Methods include system dynamics modeling, as well as thematic and statistical analyses. Her current work includes the areas of primary care innovation, integration of behavioral health into primary care, and NICU quality improvement. In these areas, she studies service delivery, implementation and outcomes, as well as the influence of context and resulting variation.

She has worked on multi-disciplinary and organizationally-embedded research teams and also led teams across organizations to synthesize findings and disseminate lessons learned. She has worked on research projects funded by AHRQ, CMS, and NIH. She has also undertaken projects with the World Health Organization in disseminating methods for health systems research and results of comparative national primary care studies, as well as in conducting an evaluation of public private partnerships.

Tomoaia-Cotisel received her Ph.D. in health services research and policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Selected Publications

Sedlock EW, Ottosen M, Nether K, Sittig DF, Etchegaray JM, Andrada Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Francis N, Yager L, Schafer L, Wilkinson R, Khan A, Arnold C, Davidson A, and Thomas EJ. , "Creating a comprehensive, unit-based approach to detecting and preventing harm in the neonatal intensive care unit," Journal of Patient Safety and Risk Management, 2018

Tomoaia-Cotisel, A, Kim, H, Allen S, Blanchet, K. "Causal Loop Diagrams," in Don de Savigny, Karl Blanchet, and Taghreed Adam (Eds.), Applied Systems Thinking for Health Systems Research: A Methodological Handbook, Open University Press (forthcoming)

Martsolf, GR, Tomoaia-Cotisel, A Tanielian, T., "Behavioral Health Workforce and Private Sector Solutions to Addressing Veterans’ Access to Care Issues," JAMA Psychiatry (forthcoming)

Tomoaia-Cotisel A*, Scammon DL*, Day J, Day R, Kim J, Waitzman N, Farrell TW, and Magill MK., "Connecting the Dots and Merging Meaning: Using Mixed Methods to Study Primary Care Delivery Transformation," Health Services Research, 48(6 Pt2), 2013

Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Scammon DL, Waitzman N, Cronholm P, Halladay J, Driscoll D, Solberg L, Hsu C, Tai-Seale M, Hiratsuka V, Shih S, Fetters M, Wise C, Alexander J, Hauser D, McMullen C, Scholle S, Tirodkar M, Schmidt L, Donahue K, Parchman M, and Stange, "Context Matters: The Experience of 14 Research Teams in Systematically Reporting Contextual Factors Important for Practice Change," Annals of Family Medicine, 11, 2013

Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Farrell TW, Solberg LI, Berry CA, Calman NS, Cronholm PF, Donahue KE, Driscoll DL, Hauser D, McAllister JW, Mehta S, Reid RJ, Tai-Seale M, Wise CG, Fetters MD, Holtrop JS, Rodriguez HP, Brunker CP, McGinley EL, Day R, Scammon DL, Harris, "Implementation of Care Management: An Analysis of Recent AHRQ Research," Medical Care Research and Review (forthcoming)

Farrell TW, Tomoaia-Cotisel A, Scammon DL, Day J, Day RL, Magill MK, Care Management: Implications for Medical Practice, Health Policy and Health Services Research, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 2015