Lauren graduated from Bennington College with a B.A. in science and scientific communication. While obtaining a second bachelor’s degree in psychology at the City University of New York at Hunter College, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Joel Erblich and became particularly interested in the etiology and development of substance use disorders. She hopes to advance personalized prevention practices and treatment by leveraging behavioral genetics to unravel individual differences that persistently emerge in the study of addiction. Currently, Lauren is investigating the interplay between executive functioning, self-regulation, and problematic substance use.