Dr. Sean Grant is an assistant professor in the Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences at the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health. He completed his doctorate in social intervention as a Clarendon Scholar at the Centre for Evidence-Based Intervention, University of Oxford. Prior to joining FSPH, he spent several years as a behavioral and social scientist at the RAND Corporation, a faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and an adjunct lecturer at Loyola Marymount University. He is an associate member of the Department of Social Policy & Intervention at the University of Oxford, an adjunct member of the Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center and ExpertLens Team at RAND, a Senior Research Fellow with 3ie, and an Associate Editor of Trials and Systematic Reviews.
Dr. Grant's work aims to advance the credibility of intervention research and its utility for supporting evidence-based policy and practice. He conducts applied research across the behavioral, social, and health sciences, with a primary focus on behavioral health. He has served as a scientific advisor to the World Health Organization, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cochrane US Satellite of the Pregnancy and Childbirth Group, and UK Medical Research Council projects developing guidance for exploratory studies and process evaluations of complex interventions.
Dr. Grant is particularly active in the movement toward open science as a member of the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences Catalyst Program, Center for Open Science Ambassador Program, CONSORT-SPI Executive Committee, TOP Statement Working Group, Registered Reports Steering Group, AcademyHealth Paradigm Project Learning Community, and the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) working group on complex interventions. He is an inaugural recipient of the Leamer-Rosenthal Prize for Emerging Researchers in Open Social Science and received a presentation award at the MetaScience 2019 Symposium.
Dr. Grant is grateful for current research support from Arnold Ventures, the Fetzer Franklin Fund, the IU Grand Challenges Initiative, and the National Institute on Drug Abuse. His research has been supported previously by the Berkeley Initiative for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), US Department of Defense (DoD), US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), UK College of Policing (CoP), UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), and the Wallace Foundation.