Lauren Cubellis

Lauren Cubellis

Anthropology
Entering Year: 2014

Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 2011, with a concentration in anthropology and certificates in Spanish Languages and Literatures and in Latin American Studies. She went on to pursue her Master's of Public Health at Columbia University, where she focused on the social determinants of health and on public health research methods. During that time, she worked as a research assistant with the Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research in Orangeburg, NY. In that capacity, she conducted ethnographic and survey-based research on a new treatment model for psychiatric crisis being implemented in New York City. In her doctoral work, Lauren plans to study the intersection of social and biological risk factors in the experience of severe mental illness, and the role of economic and political institutions in shaping the delivery of mental health care for vulnerable populations. She plans to carry out her dissertation research in Berlin, where she will work with an interdisciplinary team employing network-based dialogical therapy for the treatment of schizophrenia and psychosis. She is also interested in studies of science and medicine, and how psychosis is shaped by biomedical technologies and the discourses around pharmaceuticals and neuroscience. In her free time, she practices yoga, enjoys classic rock, and experiments in the kitchen with strange grains and seasonal vegetables.