Staff Spotlight: Lauren Hart

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Lauren Hart
Lauren Hart

Name: Lauren Hart

Position: Research Program Leader

Division/Program in department: Research Unit

Start date: Feb. 19, 2019

Where I worked prior to accepting this role: Before accepting this role, I worked at MEASURE Evaluation at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

What I will be doing in this role: I will be supporting research in the department including managing ongoing studies, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, and supporting pre- and post-award grant activities.

What I most look forward to in this role: I look forward to contributing to relevant and meaningful research that provides important insight and practical application for a wide-range of populations.

My first job: My first job, other than babysitting (at 17) was at a local ice cream store. I mixed ice cream with toppings, tossed that ice cream to a coworker who caught it in a cone, and spent a lot of time sitting in an empty ice cream store on winter evenings. 

My dream job: My dream job is anything where I am learning new skills, challenging myself, and contributing in a meaningful way to work that makes a real difference in people’s lives. 

What I like to do for fun: I love spending time outdoors — running, hiking, biking, camping, and playing with my kids at the park.

Favorite musician, movie, TV show, or book: I like reading a mix of fiction and nonfiction but have continued to think about Bryan Stevenson’s "Just Mercy" since I read it years ago.

Something my co-workers probably don’t know about me: I worked as a weaver for several years. I don’t have a loom anymore but I still enjoy attempting a number of hobbies including embroidery and quilting.