Lauren H. Supplee is deputy chief operating officer for Child Trends and a senior program area director for early childhood research. As deputy chief operating officer, she is responsible for the organization’s quality control, data privacy and security, data management, professional development and staff support, and research ethics compliance. In her role as a scientist she is committed to conducting research and evaluation that can contribute to program improvement and improved outcomes for children and families. Her research focuses on evidence-based policy, social-emotional development in early childhood, parenting, prevention and intervention programs for children at-risk, and implementation research. Dr. Supplee leads many of Child Trends’ projects related to early childhood home visiting. She serves on the Boards of Society for Prevention Research, DC’s Family and Youth Initiative, and the National Evaluation Advisory Board of Project Evident.
Prior to joining Child Trends, Lauren worked for the federal Administration for Children and Families in the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation for 10 years, with the last four of those as the director of the Division of Family Strengthening. She began her career as a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh. Lauren received her PhD from Indiana University in educational psychology with a specialization in family-focused early intervention services.