Lauren is a dedicated 3rd year PhD student and RN with 12 years of experience in neuroscience, trauma, and cardiac ICU. Originally from Mississippi, she had the opportunity to work in various healthcare settings around the country after completing her BSN, and settled in Los Angeles in 2015. Throughout her career, Lauren has worked extensively with neurotrauma ICU patients and has gained expertise in clinical research. Along with her clinical experience, Lauren also serves as a teaching associate in writing, research, and bioethics, where she is passionate about helping students excel in their research and medical careers. 

Her research focus lies in advancing the understanding and care of comatose neurotrauma ICU patients and integrating neuroethics into neuroscientific research. When Lauren is not working hard on her research or taking care of patients, she enjoys traveling, practicing aerial yoga, and catching the LA Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl.

Research Interests: 

The use of functional near-infrared spectroscopy, or fNIRS, in brain injury patients experiencing disorders of consciousness