Lauren is currently in her fifth year of the clinical psychology doctoral program and is specializing in clinical and health psychology. She is currently on her predoctoral internship at the VA in Palo Alto, CA (Behavioral Medicine track). She obtained her BS and MS degrees in psychology from Drexel University. Lauren is the editorial assistant for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, the student representative for her cohort and a member of various professional organizations. Lauren's research interests include examining the effects of psychosocial stress on individuals with chronic illness (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes) and exploring the use of evidence-based interventions, especially Problem-Solving Therapy, to prevent and attenuate the psychological sequelae of chronic disease and promote health behavior change, particularly among underserved minority populations. For her dissertation, she is studying the effects of Problem-Solving Therapy on blood pressure and other biopsychosocial outcomes in a population of patients with persistently high blood pressure. In her free time, she enjoys sports/outdoor activities, art/music performances and the restaurants in Philadelphia (and now, in the Bay Area), traveling, and spending time with friends and family (especially her adorable nephews).