Margaret D. Whitley

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Senior Policy Analyst
Off Site Office


M.P.H. in community health sciences, UCLA; B.A. in social welfare, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. in public health, University of California, Irvine


Margaret Whitley (she/her) is a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include health inequities, maternal and child health, occupational health, and complementary and integrative health (CIH). She has experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods and has been involved in a variety of health studies at RAND, including an NIH-funded Center of Excellence for Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM), the RWJF Culture of Health study, and faith-based health living projects in South and East Los Angeles. Whitley completed a doctoral degree in public health at the University of California, Irvine; her dissertation focused on the occupational determinants of breastfeeding behaviors. She also completed an M.P.H. in community health from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and a B.A. in social welfare from the University of California, Berkeley.

Selected Publications

Whitley MD, Ro A, Choi B, "Workplace breastfeeding support and job satisfaction among working mothers in the United States," American Journal of Industrial Medicine, 2019

Whitley MD, Payán D, Williams M, Flórez K, Wong E, Branch C, Derose KP, "Feasibility and acceptability of a healthy living messaging program within a church-based intervention to promote healthy weight among African Americans and Latinos," Health Informatics Journal, 2019

Whitley MD, Ro A, Palma A, "Work, race and breastfeeding outcomes for mothers in the United States.," PLOS ONE, 2021

Whitley MD, Herman PM, Aliyev G, Sherbourne C, Ryan GW, Coulter ID, "Income as a predictor of self-efficacy for managing pain and for coping with symptoms among patients with chronic low back pain," Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, 2021