Born in Philadelphia and raised in Central Massachusetts, Lauren is a Licensed and Board Certified Creative Arts Psychotherapist and Certified Child Life Specialist. Lauren holds an M.P.S. in Creative Arts Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute and an undergraduate degree in Literature and Fine Art from Skidmore College.
Lauren is a Creative Arts Therapy Coordinator in the Child Life and Creative Arts Therapy Department at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. There, Lauren facilitates individual and group creative arts therapy sessions for children, adolescents and families in both inpatient and outpatient settings in order to support coping, reduce anxiety and support healthy development. Previously, Lauren served as core organizer and Director of Community Projects for the all-volunteer-run organization, Arts in Bushwick, producing the annual event Bushwick Open Studios, the largest open studios arts & culture festival in the United States.
“I am exploring the thickly saturated narratives and under-narratives of the psyche. The climate of internal place is magnified through the layering of unexpected images, emotional impact of color and the stillness of ordinary objects. My current body of work frequently takes on a playful and hallucinatory quality, testing both the boundaries we choose and those we don't. I find inspiration amongst daydreams, nightmares, family photographs, still life and personal mythologies.”