Lauren Davis

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Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in economics, Vanderbilt University; B.S. in economics, Samford University; B.A. in public administration, Samford University


Lauren Davis is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. Her research at RAND is primarily focused on poverty and child development in the United States.

Davis has an M.A. in economics from Vanderbilt University, specializing in economic development in the United States. Prior to joining RAND, she was a statistician at the Vanderbilt Center for Evaluation and Program Improvement. She also managed the Vanderbilt Data Coordinating Center which supported the data management for large-scale studies.

Recent Projects

  • Child Welfare System Outcomes

Selected Publications

Kilburn, M.R., Mattox, T., Cannon, J.S., Marsh, T., Felician, M., Buenaventura, M., Davis, L., Cefalu, M., The Welcome Baby Program, RAND Corporation (RR-RR-2440-F5LA), 2018

Collins, R.L., Eberhart, N.K., Marcellino, W., Davis, L., Roth, E., Evaluation of Los Angeles County's Mental Health Community Engagement Campaign, RAND Corporation (RR-RR-2754-CMHSA), 2018

Ringel, J.S., Schultz, D., Mendelsohn, J., Holliday, S.B., Sieck, K., Edochie, I., Davis, L., Improving Child Welfare Outcomes: Balancing Investments in Prevention and Treatment, RAND Corporation (RR-RR-1775-1-APFF), 2017

Douglas, S.R., Vides de Andrade, A.R., Boyd, S., Leslie, M., Webb, L., Davis, L., Fraine, M., Frazer, N.L., Hargraves, R., Bickman, L., "Communication training improves patient-centered provider behavior and screening for soldiers’ mental health concerns," Patient Education and Counseling, 99(7), 2016

Gesell, S.B., Sommer, E.C., Lambert, E.W., de Andrade, A.R., Whitaker, L., Davis, L., Beech, B.M., Mitchell, S.J., Arinze, N.V., Neloms, S., Ryan, C.K., Barkin, S.L., "Comparative effectiveness of afterschool programs to increase physical activity," Journal of Obesity, 2013, 2013