Professor Lauren Clark is the Division Chair for Health Systems and Community Based Care faculty in the College of Nursing. Her post-doctoral training includes a certificate in Medical Anthropology from the University of Arizona and cultural anthropology methods through the National Science Foundation. Her research focus on health disparities among diverse and marginalized populations has directed her exploration into child feeding and parenting among Mexican immigrant and Mexican American families, as well as community-based work among disability communities in the areas of nutrition and physical activity. As a qualitative researcher, primarily, she elicits and analyzes how people come to understand their health and illness situations and act on that understanding.
In her clinical specialty, Dr. Clark established a public health nursing clinical education and practice site affiliated with a refugee torture survivor center. Her service in immigrant and rural communities earned her the Anna M. Fillmore Award from the National League for Nursing in 1999.
Dr. Clark’s research career has focused on cultural aspects of health disparities. She is currently exploring healthy lifestyles and disability using community-based participatory research approaches.
On the national level, Dr. Clark has been appointed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to developed curricular cultural competencies in baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs. She has also served on professional ethics committee of the American Anthropological Association and as a scientific reviewer for the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Clark is a fellow of the