Julia Rollison

Senior Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Julia Rollison (she/her) is a senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research primarily focuses on improving understanding of pressing public health issues for vulnerable populations through mixed-methods approaches. At RAND, she leads several program evaluations as well as supports analyses, measure development, and stakeholder engagement for different clients. She also serves as a member of RAND’s Public Sector Team. Recently completed work includes (1) leading a series of systematic reviews to inform quality family planning service recommendations, particularly for LGBTQIA and adolescents; (2) directing a quality improvement initiative to improve health care for women veterans at various VA health systems; and (3) conducting a qualitative study of barriers and facilitators to HIV prevention and care for transgender women. She is skilled at designing program evaluations to obtain an appropriate balance between methodological rigor and practicality, so findings are useful and defensible for intended audiences. Throughout her career, she has overseen the administration of tens of thousands of web-based surveys and conducted over 30 group interviews and focus groups, as well as over 300 individual interviews with a range of stakeholder types, such as medical providers, researchers, HIV-affected youth, members of the military, and government officials. She has worked on or led contracts for a range of government agencies including AHRQ, CDC, CMS, DoD, DOT, NIH, NSF, OASH, SAMHSA, and VA as well as non-governmental and local organizations (e.g., school districts, health departments). She received her Ph.D. in research, measurement, and evaluation from Boston College.

Location: Arlington, Virginia, United States