Elaine Zahnd, Ph.D., is a sociologist, a research evaluator, and a principal investigator. She worked as a Senior Research Scientist at the Public Health Institute for almost 25 years before taking on her independent consultant status. She has Research Affiliate status at UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. She has conducted health policy-related research and evaluation focused on substance abuse, violence and mental health issues for over 40 years. Her fields of expertise include women’s health, adolescent health, substance abuse, violence and mental health among ethnic and low-income groups. Her current work focuses on investigating health barriers to employment among formerly incarcerated women in California. For decades, she served as staff on the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS) working for UCLA’s Center for Health Policy Research, from which her strong interest in survey research methodology, specifically cultural adaptation, behavior coding, cross-cultural investigation and cognitive work, has developed. As PI, she recently completed a CHIS-related intimate violence project producing a policy brief. She evaluated the Mental Health Association of San Francisco’s Public Policy & Advocacy Initiative aimed at increasing mental health consumer involvement in policy and advocacy efforts to improve the quality of and access to mental health care for low-income and underserved SF populations, and to decrease mental illness stigma. She conducted a three-year evaluation of Youth ALIVE!’s Caught in the Crossfire youth violence prevention, intervention and recovery program, which serves high-risk adolescents and young adults in Oakland and LA who are recruited when hospitalized for violence-related injuries; the program provides intense one-on-one case management services to prevent retaliation and to encourage non-violent means of resolving problems. She was the PI of a National Institutes of Health-funded study investigating substance-related violence affecting American Indian women. She received the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Group Merit Award in October 2008 for outstanding leadership in the development of novel methods for the evaluation of data collection instruments used across populations and multiple languages and cultures. Her doctorate is from the University of Oregon, and she has worked in academic, county and community health settings.