Lauren Forrest, PhD

Lauren Forrest, PhD

Assistant Professor

NOW - Penn State College of Medicine

SOON - University of Oregon (Fall 2024)

The Forrest Lab

My lab is dedicated to determining how suicide and eating disorders can be effectively predicted, treated, and prevented. We do this work because suicide and eating disorders are devastating. They affect millions of people worldwide, though the burdens are not felt equally across the population. Suicide and eating disorders disproportionately impact cis girls and women and the LGBTQIA+ community. My lab conducts research to clarify particularly at-risk groups through an intersectionality lens, understand multilevel risk processes within these intersectional at-risk groups, and develop and disseminate effective interventions for these groups.

For example, my current eating disorders work investigates structural processes contributing to eating disorder prevalence at the intersection of gender, sexual orientation, and race. My current suicide work investigates multilevel suicide risk processes at the intersection of rurality and sexual orientation. Suicide and eating disorders are incredibly complex, so much of my work uses advanced quantitative methods to capture and model this complexity.

My lab is currently housed in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Health at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. I’m beyond excited that in Fall 2024, my lab will move to the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon.

I will likely be reviewing clinical psychology PhD applications for students interested in eating disorders and/or suicide for Fall 2025 admission. I’ll post an official answer as soon as possible! See the 2025 Applicants section for more info. I’ll also be hiring a lab manager to begin September 2024. More details to come on this position!

Interests
  • Eating disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Applying advanced quantitative methods to clinical science
  • Intersectionality
Education
  • PhD in Clinical Psychology, 2020

    Miami University

  • Predoctoral Clinical Internship, 2020

    Yale School of Medicine

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology, 2012

    University of Utah

Research Overview

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Transdiagnostic risk factors

Transdiagnostic risk factors

Interoception, multifinality

Comorbidity

Comorbidity

Eating disorders & suicide, transdiagnostic approaches

Inequities and disparities

Inequities and disparities

Risk processes for suicide and eating disorders across levels of influence

Machine learning and data-driven models

Machine learning and data-driven models

What does the data tell us about eating disorders?

Network models

Network models

Network models of eating disorders

Current Projects

Systematic review of short-term predictors of suicidal thoughts and behaviors

Systematic review of short-term predictors of suicidal thoughts and behaviors

This review summarizes the results of >140 studies investigating factors that predict suicidal thoughts and behaviors in the short-term.

Acute, person-specific suicide risk processes in rural sexual minority adults

Acute, person-specific suicide risk processes in rural sexual minority adults

Group-level, subgroup-level, and individual-level acute suicide risk processes

Advanced quantitative methods and eating disorders

Advanced quantitative methods and eating disorders

Complex stats for complex eating disorder outcomes

Research Team

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Ayla Gioia

Ayla Gioia

Clinical psychology PhD student, Hofstra University

Marley Billman Miller

Marley Billman Miller

Clinical psychology PhD student, Auburn University

Sarah Hauryski

Sarah Hauryski

Research coordinator, Penn State College of Medicine

2025 Applicants



I am likely accepting a clinical psychology PhD student to begin at the University of Oregon in Fall 2025 (meaning I’ll review applications that are submitted 12/2024).

This section contains important info for prospective students potentially interested in joning the lab. Start at the bottom and work your way up. For information on the University of Oregon’s APA- and PCSAS-accredited clinical psychology PhD program, click here.

Best of luck with the application process, and I genuinely look forward to reviewing your application!

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

A core assumption in dialectical behavior therapy is that we are all doing the best we can and yet “people need to do better, try harder, and be more motivated for change” (Linehan, 2015). This dialectical perspective summarizes my approach to incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion into my research, teaching, and mentoring.

I am committed to studying and preventing suicidal thoughts and behaviors and eating disorders among minoritized groups (particularly LGBTQIA+ groups through an intersectional lens), with the goal of reducing suicide and eating disorder inequities. Once I arrive at UO, I am committed to creating partnerships with people with lived experience of suicide and eating disorders, to ensure that the research I’m leading is aligned with the needs of the communities I’m intending to serve.

In my teaching and mentoring, I am committed to participating in and facilitating discussions about privilege, power, and oppression. I am further committed to translating conversations into actions to be better allies.

Diverse perspectives benefit the entire field of psychological science. As such, I believe that the field of psychology as a whole must do better to ensure the training of individuals with identities that have been historically excluded from the field (e.g., BIPOC, LGBTQIA+).

I am committed to always being the best ally I can, and always learning and practicing to be better.

Resources

There is always help available. The resources below are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Dates refer to the date each resource was confirmed/updated.
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
Crisis Text Line
Trevor Lifeline (for LGBTQIA+ folks)
Trans Lifeline

Lab Pets

I am a proud mom to three senior pups. They are the loves of my life and a major source of my daily positive emotions. Click on the pictures to learn more about each pup.

I commit to regularly updating this page with students’ pets, because who doesn’t need more pictures of cute animals in their lives?!

Echo

Echo

Hilarious, diva-licious pit bull-bulldog mix

Jax

Jax

My three-legged guy who has come so far

Mac

Mac

My soul dog