Lauren H. Supplee is deputy chief operating officer for Child Trends and a senior program area director for early childhood research. Dr. Supplee has devoted her professional career to working on research and evaluation with the goal of applying the knowledge to policy and practice. She is committed to conducting research and evaluation that can contribute to program improvement and improved outcomes for children and families. Her research has focused on evidence-based policy, social-emotional development in early childhood, parenting, prevention and intervention programs for children at-risk, and implementation research.
Prior to joining Child Trends, Lauren worked for the federal Administration for Children and Families in the Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation for ten 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 Ph.D. from Indiana University in educational psychology with a specialization in family-focused early intervention services.