Lauren C. Howe

Lauren C. Howe, Dr.


Room number: PLR - 114

Lauren C. Howe

Lauren joined the University of Zurich as a postdoctoral scholar in 2019. Some questions that drive her research include understanding the impact of leaders disclosing their personal flaws and shortcomings to followers, why social connection with leaders matters for followers’ attitudes and behavior, and how social connection between leaders and followers can be strengthened.

Lauren received her PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford University, where her research focused on trust in experts and persuasion. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Shaper Family Stanford Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship for her doctoral research. As a postdoctoral scholar in the Mind & Body Lab at Stanford University, she studied trust in the healthcare context, with a particular emphasis on how social connection with doctors affects patients’ physical health outcomes. Her research has been published in leading psychology and medical journals, including the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Annual Review of Psychology, Health Psychology, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, and Journal of General Internal Medicine.

She enjoys teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels and designed her own classes in psychology as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Francisco. Teaching statistical methods for social science is a particular interest. Lauren has led faculty workshops on R at the University of San Francisco, and she received a Graduate Student Teaching Award for excellence in teaching graduate statistical methods from Stanford University. She spent a year in Reutlingen, Germany teaching English as part of a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship. Lauren holds a BA in Psychology and German Language and Literature from the University of Virginia.