Lauren Kaplan, PhD

Staff Researcher/Writer

Lauren M. Kaplan, PhD is originally from Miami, FL. Passionate about new cultures and methodologies, she went on to earn her doctorate in Sociology at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Since then, she has worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford University in the Department of Social Policy and Intervention and at the University of California, Berkeley in the School of Public Health.

Lauren has published in peer-reviewed journals including The Journal of Pediatrics, AIDS Care and The Journal of Infectious Diseases. Her dissertation work, a comparative study of biographical experiences among people living with HIV in the US and Germany, was published with Springer VS.

As an editor with Oxford University Press, Lauren has provided academic and language editing to scientists globally. She deeply enjoys collaborative projects that bring diverse ideas, cultures, and communities together and is passionate about health research. More recently, Lauren has explored the role of technology in health and violence, working with a digital health startup and a Silicon Valley security company. In her free time she enjoys reading, art, film, hiking, yoga and cooking – all of which she is looking forward to doing back in the Bay Area.
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2016 - Public Health, Alcohol Research Group and UC Berkeley School of Public Health
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014 - Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
PhD, 2013 - Sociology, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main
  1. Barriers and Solutions to Advance Care Planning among Homeless-Experienced Older Adults.
  2. Risk Factors for Falls in Older Adults Experiencing Homelessness: Results from the HOPE HOME Cohort Study.
  3. Unmet mental health and substance use treatment needs among older homeless adults: Results from the HOPE HOME Study.
  4. Trajectories of functional impairment in homeless older adults: Results from the HOPE HOME study.
  5. Persistent Homelessness and Violent Victimization Among Older Adults in the HOPE HOME Study.
  6. Mobile Phone, Computer, and Internet Use Among Older Homeless Adults: Results from the HOPE HOME Cohort Study.
  7. Oral health and access to dental care among older homeless adults: results from the HOPE HOME study.
  8. 'The thing that really gets me is the future': Symptomatology in Older Homeless Adults in the HOPE HOME Study.
  9. Advance Care Planning for Older Homeless-Experienced Adults: Results from the Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age Study.
  10. Examination of associations between early life victimisation and alcohol's harm from others.
  11. Alcohol's Harm to Children: Findings from the 2015 United States National Alcohol's Harm to Others Survey.
  12. Histories of alcohol dependence, perceived stress, and depression among people living with HIV.
  13. Distress and alcohol-related harms from intimates, friends, and strangers.
  14. Drinking context and alcohol's harm from others among men and women in the 2010 US National Alcohol Survey.
  15. Understanding Associations Between Neighborhood Socioeconomic Status and Negative Consequences of Drinking: a Moderated Mediation Analysis.
  16. Trends in Alcohol's Harms to Others (AHTO) and Co-occurrence of Family-Related AHTO: The Four US National Alcohol Surveys, 2000-2015.
  17. Those harmed by others' drinking in the US population are more depressed and distressed.
  18. Psychosocial and Neurohormonal Predictors of HIV Disease Progression (CD4 Cells and Viral Load): A 4 Year Prospective Study.
  19. Spiritual coping predicts CD4-cell preservation and undetectable viral load over four years.
  20. ‘At school I got myself a certificate’: HIV/AIDS Orphanhood and Secondary Education: a Qualitative Study of Risk and Protective Factors.
  21. Compassionate Love as a Predictor of Reduced HIV Disease Progression and Transmission Risk.
  22. Does alcohol consumption exacerbate the mental health consequences of interpersonal violence?
  23. Americans’ Attitudes toward Mental Illness and Involuntary Psychiatric Medication.
  24. Victimization in early life and mental health in adulthood: an examination of the mediating and moderating influences of psychosocial resources.
  25. The long-term health consequences of relationship violence in adulthood: an examination of low-income women from Boston, Chicago, and San Antonio.
  26. The fork in the road: HIV as a potential positive turning point and the role of spirituality.