Mary E. Vaiana

Mary E. Vaiana
Senior Communications Analyst
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in English linguistics, Indiana University


Mary Vaiana is a senior communications analyst at the RAND Corporation. She helps shape communications strategy for RAND Health Care, develops dissemination plans for key research projects, and creates materials to support funding and outreach efforts.  She also provides communications expertise as a member of project teams. Recently she worked on disseminating findings on medical technology policy and on international efforts in Palestine and Israel. Vaiana earned her Ph.D. in English linguistics from Indiana University.


  • Survey Research Methodology

    Creating More Savvy Consumers Through Public Reporting

    Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (CAHPS) surveys are designed to capture patients' experiences in a systematic way that facilitates reporting the results publicly to help other consumers make more savvy care decisions. Consumer choices may influence providers to improve the care they offer so that they can effectively compete in the market.

    Dec 27, 2012

  • Military Personnel

    Gays in the Military: New Facts Conquer Old Taboos

    RAND's updated research on sexual orientation and U.S. military personnel policy played a role in the likely repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.' But it also tells a story of how public opinion has shifted on the issue since we first studied it in 1993.

    Apr 29, 2011