Lauren K. Wash, MHC-LP

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Lauren K. Wash, MHC-LP

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Lauren Wash, MA, MHC-LP is a psychotherapist specializing in eating and weight concerns among individuals of color. Her clinical focuses were inspired by her undergraduate seminar project entitled "How I (Almost) Lost My Black Girl Card: Understanding Body Image among Black Women", which explored the influences of race on body image, weight concerns, hair politics, and eating disorders. Her work earned her departmental distinction in the Gender & Women's Studies Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she double-majored in Psychology and Gender & Women's Studies. 

Lauren earned her Master of Arts in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness from New York University. Here, she was actively involved in research that focused on women's mental health, and co-authored a chapter on depressive disorders in the newest edition of The Handbook for Counseling Women. Lauren also has significant clinical experience working with adolescent girls and women with eating disorders in the form of psychotherapeutic groups and meal support, for which she was awarded the Gilbert M. Trachtman Fellowship for her service to this population.  

In addition to her duties at Aurora, Lauren works full-time as a clinical researcher at the Veterans Affairs New York Harbor Health Care System-Manhattan Campus. Her research aims to develop behavioral interventions that can improve treatment compliance in veterans with diabetes and cardiovascular illnesses. 

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