Lauren first obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at St. Edward’s University in Austin. After college, Lauren was the committee clerk for the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Public Health where she authored the 84th Interim Report. In 2015, she joined Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst’s office for the 85th Legislative Session as a scheduler and policy analyst where she studied policies on the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and worked with constituents on pressing issues.
In 2019, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Public Health in Epidemiology and Global Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health (UTHealth) in Houston. Lauren also completed a certificate in effective writing for health care with Harvard University. Currently, she is finishing her Ph.D. in Epidemiology with focus on biostatistics and health policy at UTHealth.
For the last 5 years, she coordinated multiple large research screening studies on Chagas disease, tuberculosis and parasitic diseases with Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital and UTHealth School of Public Health. She assisted in the development of both UTHealth’s COVID-19 contact tracing program and infectious disease training courses at the Texas Epidemic Public Health Institute. She has also taught multiple courses in global health, the control of infectious diseases and applied epidemiology.
Lauren joined Texas 2036 in November 2022. Her research interests include health and health care, emerging diseases, neglected tropical diseases, emergency preparedness and response, spatial mapping, health equity, social determinants of health, data translation, and health policy.
Her passion is to strengthen data-driven health policies for Texans.