Asya Spears

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


M.S. in biostatistics, University of California, Los Angeles; B.S. in mathematics, Spelman College


Asya Spears is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. She has an M.S. in biostatistics from the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.S. in mathematics from Spelman College.

Spears was a recipient of the Ford Foundation's Predoctoral Fellowship. Her master's project presented a Bayesian methodology for improving sample size calculations. She was also involved with a project at the UCLA Center for Health Advancement to forecast the impact of various community health interventions. She was previously a summer associate at RAND, analyzing networks of organizations promoting community resilience in Los Angeles County. Her research interests include public health, program planning and evaluation, and higher education administration.

Honors & Awards

  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Ford Foundation