Lauren Forbes is a third-year doctoral student in the AYSPS Public Management and Policy program specializing in urban and disability policy. Previously, she served as a Policy Fellow in the Office of the Director of the Division of Human Development and Disability (DHDD) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD). Within the same division, she also served as an ORISE Evaluation Fellow with the Child Development Studies team where she worked on the Legacy for Children™ evidence-based parenting program and the ADHD Winnable Battle Initiative. Prior to joining CDC, Lauren worked as a Fulbright scholar in Ethiopia on early childhood development and literacy projects. She earned an MPH in Community Health and Prevention from Drexel University in 2013 and a B.S in biology from Oregon State University in 2011. Her research and methodological interests include intergenerational poverty, African-American fatherhood, child development, family policy, structural inequity, systems thinking, community development, program evaluation, data visualization, and mixed methods research.
Area of Focus: Urban Policy; Social Equity; Community Development and Neighborhood Collective Efficacy; Immigrant and Minority Entrepreneurship; Parenting and Child Development; Urban Agriculture