Nicole Schmidt is a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Schmidt came to PRGS with an M.A. in psychology from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Simon Fraser University in British Colombia, Canada. During her graduate studies, she taught introductory statistics for the psychology department. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant in several biopsychology labs. Schmidt has also worked as a preschool and music teacher, and as a pianist for a theatre company. Her policy areas of interest include international and domestic health, education, and civil justice.