Lauren C. Howe
Lauren is an Assistant Professor in Management. Her research focuses on how individuals and organizations can harness fundamentally human attributes - such as emotion, empathy, and social relationships - to improve the world of work as rapid advances in technology and other forces change it.
Lauren first joined the University of Zurich as a postdoctoral scholar in 2019. She received her PhD in Social Psychology from Stanford University, where her research focused on social connection and trust in experts. 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 management, psychology and general science journals, including the Harvard Business Review, the Journal of Business Ethics, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Annual Review of Psychology, Health Psychology, and Nature Climate Change.
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.