Faculty MemberLauren Polvere, PH.D.

Senior Research Scientist

E-mail: lpolvere@albany.edu
Telephone: (518)442-5157

Specialization: Developmental Psychology


Lauren Polvere joined CHSR in 2013 to work on projects in the areas of early childhood, children’s mental health, and the housing needs of marginalized groups. At CHSR, Lauren served as Principal Investigator of the New York State Grandfamily Housing Study. She is currently leading a multi-year evaluation of the Medicaid Redesign Team Supportive Housing initiative in New York State, funded by the New York State Department of Health.

Lauren’s research examines housing and supportive housing for a variety of groups, including kinship families and homeless individuals with complex needs. Her work also examines the development of youth in society, and the perspectives of young people receiving mental health services. Prior to her work at the Center, Lauren was a Research Associate at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute/McGill University, where she was a member of the national research team of a large-scale, mixed method randomized controlled trial of the Housing First intervention for homeless individuals with complex needs in Canada (the At Home/Chez Soi project).

Lauren’s work has been published in scholarly journals and academic books, and she has presented at national and international conferences. She received a Master’s degree in Counseling/Community Psychology at Marist College and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the Graduate Center, CUNY.