Lauren Alvis, PhD - MMHPI - Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Lauren Alvis, PhD

Director of Research, Trauma and Grief Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health

Lauren serves as a Research Psychologist within the Trauma and Grief Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health and is based in Houston. She works under Julie Kaplow, Executive Director of The Trauma and Grief Center.

Lauren previously worked as a postdoctoral fellow under Julie’s supervision at the Trauma and Grief Center when it was at the Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. She also recently worked as a quantitative research associate at the Institute for Research on Youth Thriving and Evaluation (RYTE) at Montclair State University.

Lauren earned her BA in Psychology at the University of Alabama and her master’s and PhD in Life-span Developmental Psychology, with an emphasis on advanced quantitative analyses, from West Virginia University. Her research interests include civic engagement, positive youth development, and promoting the health and well-being of racially marginalized youth. Lauren’s work seeks to examine contextual factors and cultural assets that may facilitate or hinder positive mental health outcomes, particularly among Latinx and immigrant youth.