Lauren is a researcher in in the Section of Women's Mental Health at the IoPPN, King’s College London. She recently submitted her PhD in Clinical Medicine at Imperial College London on the impact of maternal antenatal anxiety/depression on placental functioning and its potential effect on the child’s emotional and behavioural development (assessed through postnatal biological, psychological and behavioural assessment). Previously she has obtained a BSc in Physiology from King’s College London and a MSc in Reproductive and Developmental Biology from Imperial College London.
Currently, Lauren is working on two research projects. The first study is an independent evaluation of a multi-faceted intervention within two Mental Health Trusts, aimed at implementing a Trust-wide recovery-based approach for working with mental health service users who are victims of domestic or sexual violence. The intervention is led by the non-governmental organisation Against Violence and Abuse (AVA). The second study is an independent evaluation of a domestic abuse and infant parenting programme for mothers and fathers, which aims to end domestic abuse, overcome trauma and improve outcomes for infants from pregnancy to age two conducted over two sites, in inner and outer London.