Laura Werber

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Senior Management Scientist; Faculty Member, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in organizational behavior, Stanford University; B.S. in economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania

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Laura Werber is a senior management scientist at the RAND Corporation and a member of the Pardee RAND Graduate School faculty. She applies organizational theories and methods to a wide array of policy issues, including community partnerships, workforce management, and military families.

Her recent military-sponsored projects include ones related to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, knowledge management for Special Operations Forces, improvements to the Air Force's inspection process, and the experiences of guard and reserve families. Her domestic research projects have focused on issues facing large, urban communities, such as arts education in public schools, law enforcement recruiting, and the role of religious congregations in HIV/AIDS and other health promotion efforts.

Werber received her B.S. in economics (cum laude) from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, and her Ph.D. in organizational behavior from Stanford University.

Selected Publications

Werber, Laura, Agnes Gereben Schaefer, Karen Chan Osilla, Elizabeth Wilke, Anny Wong, Joshua Breslau, and Karin E. Kitchens, Support for the 21st-Century Reserve Force Insights to Facilitate Successful Reintegration for Citizen Warriors and Their Families, RAND (RR-206-OSD), 2013

Camm, Frank, Laura Werber, Julie Kim, Elizabeth Wilke, and Rena Rudavsky, Charting the Course for a New Air Force Inspection System, RAND (TR-1291-AF), 2013

Werber, Laura, Peter Mendel, and Kathryn Pitkin Derose, "Social Entrepreneurship in Religious Congregations' Efforts to Address Health Needs," American Journal of Health Promotion, 2013

Werber, Laura, Lindsay Daugherty, Edward G. Keating, and Matthew Hoover, An Assessment of the Civilian Acquisition Workforce Personnel Demonstration Project, RAND (TR-1286-OSD), 2012

Werber, Laura, Kathryn Pitkin Derose, Blanca.X. Domínguez, and Michael A. Mata, "Religious Congregations' HIV and Other Health Collaborations: With Whom Do They Work and What Do They Share?" Health Education and Behavior, 2012

Cook, Cynthia R., Caroline Baxter, Laura Werber, and Abigail Haddad "Implementation," in B.D. Rostker, S.Hosek, and J.D. Winkler, Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy: An Update of RAND's 1993 Study, RAND (MG-1056-OSD), 2010

Werber, Laura and Greg Ridgeway, Today's Police and Sheriff Recruits: Insights from the Newest Members of America's Law Enforcement Community, RAND (MG-992-DOJ), 2010

Werber, Laura and Margaret C. Harrell, "Military Spouse Employment: A Grounded Theory Approach to Experiences and Perceptions," Armed Forces & Society, 34:389-412, 2008


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    Faith-Based Organizations as Force Multipliers

    Faith-based organizations are an important community-based resource for veterans who are adjusting to civilian life. What current and potential roles can they play in reintegration?

    Jun 2, 2015