Lauren is currently in her third year of the clinical psychology doctoral program and is specializing in clinical health psychology. She obtained her B.S. and M.S. degrees in psychology from Drexel University. She is the editorial assistant for the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology and is the student representative for the APA Division 12 Committee on Diversity. Lauren's research interests include examining the effects of psychosocial stress on individuals suffering from chronic illness (cardiovascular disease, cancer, and diabetes) and exploring the use of empirically supported cognitive-behavioral interventions (especially Problem Solving Therapy) to prevent and attenuate the psychological sequelae of chronic disease, particularly among underserved minority populations. For her dissertation, she will study the effects of Problem Solving Therapy on blood pressure and other biological and psychological outcomes in a population of patients with persistently high blood pressure. Lauren enjoys exploring and researching new places, activities, restaurants and cultures, traveling, playing/ watching sports, and spending time with friends and family (especially her adorable nephew).