Lauren is a clinical research assistant for the study Phenotyping of 22q11.2 Syndromes for Characterization of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This study aims to systematically characterize ASD, ADHD, cognitive and adaptive symptomatology in individuals with microdeletions and microduplications of genetic material on the twenty-second chromosome. Lauren is very excited to utilize her many years of biopsychological research to further the discussion on the intersection of genetics, biology, psychology and behavior.
Lauren graduated cum laude from The University of Michigan in 2011, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Brain, Behavior and Cognitive Science with her Senior Honors Thesis describing individual differences of compulsive and impulsive behaviors during a sustained attention task. Throughout her undergraduate career, Lauren also worked as a senior research assistant on the Family Transitions Study and Family and Toddler Transition Study, investigating multidimensional child development. Lauren then attended Boston University where she earned her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Sport Psychology. During and after obtaining her graduate degree, Lauren worked at the Institute for Learning and Development as a clinical education specialist, helping in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with learning disorders.