Are fitter doctors always more inspiring, or can they seem judgmental of patients with less-than-perfect health habits? ​Can feeling like your doctor "gets you" affect how your body responds to a medical treatment?


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. I'm particularly interested in strategies that help providers and patients to connect across diverse backgrounds. 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!


​​I earned my undergraduate degrees in Psychology and German Language and Literature from the University of Virginia in 2010, 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. 


I live in the Inner Richmond in San Francisco and love reading about the history of the Bay Area. Spending time hiking (especially in Yosemite!) and watching so-bad-they're-good-again movies are two of my favorite pastimes. 

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Stanford University

Social Psychologist

 Lauren C. Howe 

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Stanford University

Department of Psychology

Jordan Hall, Building 420

450 Serra Mall

Stanford, CA 94305

E-mail: Lchowe at stanford dot edu