Ms. Feldman’s current research primarily focuses on public health and child and youth development. She primarily works in the areas of tobacco prevention and control and chronic disease prevention. She leads the development of the bi-annual publication, Wyoming Kids Count. She also leads or contributes to the evaluations on several other projects, both large and small, that integrate community involvement with public health and education. She has more than 15 years of experience in community, program, and policy evaluation.
Lauren received her PhD in sociology, with a focus in medical sociology, as well as an MPH in Public Health Management in Policy from the University of Florida. Her research interests include the social contexts of health and illness, health disparities, aging and the life-course, and community engagement as a form of prevention. Lauren has expertise in qualitative and quantitative methods, including focus groups, in-depth interviewing, survey design, and photovoice methods. She is passionate about working with the communities to identify the unique issues and collaborating with the communities to support their solutions. She currently works on the Wyoming Survey & Analysis Center (WYSAC) evaluation team for the Wyoming Partnership for Success (PFS) grant and the Wyoming Prevention Prescription Drug/Opioid Overdose-Related Deaths (PDO).