Andrew Parker, PhD

Andrew Parker, PhD

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Senior Behavioral & Social Scientist
RAND Corporation
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Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Andrew M. Parker is a senior behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation. His research applies core concepts in behavioral decision research to the understanding of decisionmakers’ behavior in complex, real-world situations. He has led or contributed to multiple RAND projects on decision quality, risk perception, and group decisionmaking, involving such content domains as health behavior, aging, public health emergency preparedness, long-range planning for climate change, and psychological health. Past projects have addressed decisionmaking in low-income consumption, adolescent sexual and contraceptive behavior, drug and alcohol use, and expectations for major life events. Parker was principal investigator on a National Science Foundation-funded project validating an adult measure of decisionmaking competence, which has been used to predict major life outcomes. He received a B.A. in psychology and statistics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; an M.S. in statistics and an M.S. behavioral decision theory, both from Carnegie Mellon University; and a Ph.D. in behavioral decision theory, also from Carnegie Mellon.


B.A. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
M.S. Carnegie Mellon University
Ph.D. Carnegie Mellon University