Lauren Rubenstein – MMHPI – Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute

Lauren Rubenstein

Chief of Staff, Trauma and Grief Center at The Hackett Center for Mental Health

Lauren Rubenstein, MPH, joined the Meadows Institute with four years of both academic and clinical research experience. Prior to joining the Institute, Lauren worked as a lead research coordinator, conducting clinical trials on pain management and various pediatric vaccine studies. Lauren earned her Master of Public Health from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences with a focus on maternal and child health. Her graduate research studies focused on intergenerational trauma and complications stemming from environmental health issues. Lauren also collaborated with Austin-area pediatricians to create a comprehensive school health guide that helps new doctors in Travis County better understand early childhood interventions and individualized education programs, and pediatricians’ vital role in making appropriate referrals. She also worked with Cameron County Public Health to develop a community health needs assessment to support the County’s accreditation application. Following the completion of her MPH, Lauren obtained the certification to become a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Lauren previously served as a Project Manager at the Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center, assisting with all logistical aspects of the TAG Center’s learning collaboratives, trainings, and Handle with Care Program initiatives. In her current role as Chief of Staff, Lauren assists the Executive Director and the TAG Center team with their local and national initiatives including the planning and implementation of various meetings, projects, and deliverables, and acting as a liaison to other Meadows internal teams as well as external community partners and stakeholders. She also supports the coordination of on-boarding new TAG Center employees and carrying out other administrative duties.

Lauren Rubenstein