Lauren E. Kois
Lauren is a doctoral student in the Clinical Forensic Psychology program at John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York. She received a BA in Psychology from James Madison University in 2008 and a MA in Psychology with a Forensic concentration from New York
University in 2011. Between her undergraduate and master's level academic endeavors, Lauren facilitated the re-integration of adults with severe and persistent mental illness from psychiatric inpatient facilities into the community as a Psychosocial Rehabilitation Specialist in Charlottesville, Virginia. She has been active in research laboratories beginning in 2007, including those at James Madison, University of Virginia, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University. As a doctoral student she works with Dr. Preeti Chauhan in the Race and Community Effects (R.A.C.E.) laboratory, in which they investigate the relationship between factors such as race/ethnicity, neighborhood disadvantage, and crime. Lauren's main area of research focuses on cultural factors that impact outcomes of competency to stand trial.
Recently, she received a small grant from the American Psychology-Law Society to conduct a survey of cultural competencies of forensic mental health students and professionals, with the hope that it will serve as a benchmark to
monitor the field's attention to cross-cultural issues. She anticipates that EPIC courses at Columbia University-Advanced Epidemiology: Applications in Causal Thinking and Systematic Review and Meta-analysis- funded by the Health and Justice Project will influence her research activity during Summer 2012 and beyond.