Karen Lawrence, Ph.D.

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Research Interests

Dr. Lawrence is interested in the longitudinal course of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the effects of traumatic stress on health, cognitive functioning, and psychosocial functioning (e.g., work and family functioning), within an age- and gender-specific context. She also investigates biopsychosocial mechanisms underlying mental health outcomes in trauma survivors. Relatedly, her research endeavors seek to identify modifiable individual and social risk and resilience factors to promote health and prevent negative mental health outcomes in survivors of trauma.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

NIMH T-32 Postdoctoral Fellow Mental Health Services Research, Washington University

Award Date: Jun 1 2016

Master of Social Work, Washington University


Doctor of Philosophy, Washington University



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