Graduate Research Assistant
Lauren is a PhD student in Disaster Science and Management at the University of Delaware. She earned her Master’s in Public Health from Drexel University in 2010 and her BA in History from La Salle University in 2005. Her master’s thesis was a collaborative needs assessment of public health and biomedical engineering capacity in public hospitals in Port-au-Prince, Haiti following the January 2010 earthquake. Lauren's research interests include public health, risk communication, environmental health policy and GIS. Currently she is working with Dr. Kendra on research related to stress and disasters.
Prior to beginning her graduate studies at the University of Delaware, Lauren spent three years coordinating an NIH Autism Center of Excellence research site where she was responsible for implementing an epidemiologic study on the causes of autism spectrum disorders at the Drexel University School of Public Health. She is an active member of the Medical Reserve Corps where she regularly participates in training and exercises in public health preparedness in the City of Philadelphia. Previously, Lauren conducted a pilot study on cesarean section rates in the middle class in Dhaka, Bangladesh as a Fulbright Fellow and has volunteered with Volunteers in Asia as a teacher at Hue, University in Vietnam.