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Carrie Farmer

Carrie Farmer, Ph.D., is a senior policy researcher and associate director of the Behavioral and Policy Sciences Department at the RAND Corporation. Her areas of research include military and veterans health policy; quality of behavioral health care; and treatment and recovery from traumatic brain injuries. She has led multiple studies to assess the delivery of health care to veterans and service members, including a recent study of behavioral health care in the Military Health System and an analysis of the impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act on veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs. She is currently conducting studies to assess the capacity of community providers to meet the health care needs of veterans.


Dr. Farmer was the study director for a large, comprehensive assessment of the Veterans Health Administration required by the Veterans, Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014. She was also the co-director for a study of innovative approaches for treating psychological health problems and traumatic brain injury in the Department of Defense and led the largest assessment to date of care received by service members following a mild traumatic brain injury. She received her B.A. in psychobiology from Wellesley College and Ph.D. in health policy from Harvard University.