Laura Fraade-Blanar is an NIH/NIA post-doctoral fellow at the RAND Center for the Study of Aging. Her work to date sits at the intersection of health, technology, and transportation. As a post-doctoral fellow at RAND, she applies her background in public health and injury epidemiology to current and emerging transportation questions. Her recent work has focused on autonomous vehicle safety, especially risk measurement methodologies and safety policy; and older driver safety, specifically around driving habits and crash risk.
Before her fellowship at RAND, Fraade-Blanar’s work centered on exploring risk and methods to measure risk in injury prevention. Her doctoral dissertation at the University of Washington explored older driver crash risk and older worker occupational injury risk, analyzing the mismatch between worker health and job demands. As a research scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), she assessed risk and risk mitigation related to motorcyclists, air bags, and large truck underride using a variety of methods. While a consultant at the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO), her work supported assessments of injury and violence reporting systems in the Americas.