Senior Social Research Analyst, RAND Corporation
Terri Tanielian is a senior social research analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of interest include military and veterans health policy; military suicide; military sexual assault; psychological and behavioral effects of combat, terrorism, and disasters; public health emergency preparedness; and risk communication. She is currently leading a large prospective longitudinal study of military families across the deployment cycle and examining community-based models for expanding mental health care for returning veterans and their families.
As the former director of the RAND Center for Military Health Policy Research, she spent a decade overseeing RAND’s diverse military health research portfolio. She was the co-study director for a large, nongovernmental assessment of the psychological, emotional, and cognitive consequences of deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan entitled Invisible Wounds of War: Psychological and Cognitive Injuries, Their Consequences, and Services to Assist Recovery. She was also the co-director for RAND’s study Hidden Heroes: America’s Military Caregivers, the first representative study of military caregiving in the United States.
Tanielian has published numerous peer-reviewed articles. She was a member of the planning committee for the 18th, 22nd, and 26th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, which focused on mental health needs and recovery following September 11, Hurricane Katrina, and deployment of Reserve and Guard members to Iraq and Afghanistan, respectively.