Lauren graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2011, where she studied psychology, political science, and neuroscience. She was a graduate student in the joint Clinical and Biological Health Psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh and a member of the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. She was broadly interested in exploring the impact of modifiable risk factors (e.g., obesity, hypertension, physical inactivity) on cognitive and neural decline in healthy aging and neurological populations, as well as treatment strategies that may modify these trajectories. As a graduate student in the BACH Lab, She has evaluated the impact of health factors, including high blood pressure and obesity, on cognitive performance and brain structure and function in middle and late adulthood. Using blood biomarkers and structural and functional neuroimaging data, she examined how the course of cognitive and brain degeneration can be modified by structured physical activity training in both healthy aging and neurological populations. Her dissertation, assessed the contribution of cardiometabolic risk factors to the longitudinal progression of amyloid beta deposition in preclinical Alzheimer's disease and she graduated in December of 2018.