Lauren A. Mayer (formerly Fleishman) is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her research interests include applying social and decision science methods, as well as policy analysis methods to problems with technical details and risk-related elements. In 2011, she received her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Engineering and Public Policy where she studied public risk perception and communication of low-carbon electricity generating technologies. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she was a risk and policy analyst and manager for ISL, Inc. where she provided consulting services for government clients including the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Fleishman has a B.Sc. in math and environmental policy, an M.Sc. in environmental risk assessment, and has worked as an actuary for GEICO.