Name, Credentials: Martin Y. Iguchi, Ph.D.
Job Title: Senior Behavioral Scientist
Company / Organization: RAND Corporation
City, State: Santa Monica, CA
AB, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY
MA, Boston University
Ph.D., Boston University
How long have you worked for your current company or organization? 8 years
What are your primary duties in this position? I am just now rejoining RAND as a senior behavioral scientist after an 11-year detour as professor (with tenure) and dept chair at UCLA's School of Public Health and as Professor (with tenure) and Dean of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University. I am a senior behavioral scientist- which means I am a researcher on soft money - so I write grants to NIH and I collaborate with other researchers at RAND and elsewhere.
What do you enjoy about your work? What are the perks and drawbacks? I love the intellectual climate at RAND and the complete focus on research. My colleagues at RAND are brilliant, creative, and very social. I love the working climate support provided for research. The drawback is working in a soft money environment. I have had tenure at UCLA and Georgetown - and value this work environment enough to leave a tenured position.
Career path: how did you land this position? What do you see in your future career plans? I was recruited to RAND in 1997 by friends and colleagues working there who thought I would be a strong director for the RAND Drug Policy Research Center. I had no prior policy experience - but I had many years of successful grant writing/grant getting experience and a reputation for collaboration. I learned how to do policy research on the job.
What career advice would you like to share with graduate students seeking careers in your field? I have always sought to collaborate with others and to allow my colleagues as much credit as possible. I have also chosen to follow my passions when choosing research/policy questions - and I have been fortunate to have had an exciting research and administrative career to date.
Ways I am involved with SPSSI: Network with other members
What is the importance of SPSSI for psychologists working outside of academia? SPSSI attracts like-minded individuals.
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