Are fitter doctors more inspiring to patients, or do they sometimes seem judgmental? ​Can feeling like your doctor "gets you" affect how your body responds to a medical treatment? How can providers most effectively connect with patients from a variety of backgrounds?

My research asks questions such as these. As a postdoctoral scholar in the Stanford University Mind & Body Lab with Dr. Alia Crum, I investigate factors that shape trust in healthcare professionals and why trust matters for your physical health. With other colleagues at Stanford, I work on projects exploring trust in experts more broadly, in contexts from science communication and sustainable behavior to romantic relationships (see Research page for some of my projects).

I earned my doctorate in Social Psychology from Stanford University in 2017, where I was the Shaper Family Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellow.​ Click here to read my speech on embracing your own expertise from the Stanford Psychology Department's graduation ceremony!

​​As an undergraduate, I double majored in Psychology and German Language and Literature at the University of Virginia, where I had the pleasure of working with Jon Haidt and Tim Wilson. After graduating, I spent a year abroad on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Reutlingen, Germany. 

Beyond research and teaching, I love to spend my time writing about science for the popular press, participating in book clubs, and learning about the history of San Francisco and the Pacific Northwest. Hiking and watching so-bad-they're-good-again movies are two of my favorite pastimes. 

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 Lauren C. Howe 

Stanford University

Social Psychologist

CoNtact ME

Stanford University

Department of Psychology

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450 Serra Mall

Stanford, CA 94305

E-mail: Lchowe at stanford dot edu