Lauren A. Mayer

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Associate Policy Researcher; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in engineering and public policy, Carnegie Mellon University; M.Sc. in environmental sciences and engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; B.Sc. in mathematics; environmental policy, American University


Lauren A. Mayer (formerly Fleishman) is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. 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. Mayer has a B.Sc. in math and environmental policy, an M.Sc. in environmental risk assessment, and has worked as an actuary for GEICO.

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