Lauren Clark, RN, PhD, FAAAN

Professor and Shapiro Family Endowed Chair in Developmental Disability Studies

Lauren Clark began her clinical nursing career as a public health nurse. In her research to advance quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, her research team created a survey of health-related quality of life. Her research is focused on healthy lifestyle, quality of life, and maternal-child health in the disability community.

After joining the UCLA School of Nursing last fall, she helped revamp admissions processes to be more inclusive of students with disabilities. This quarter she is teaching health policy to new nurses, and she makes it a point to highlight disability policy. She is excited to partner with the Tarjan Center to forge new alliances with individuals with disabilities, agencies, and policymakers to increase access to high-quality healthcare.