- Research Associate Professor, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Preventive Medicine, Los Angeles, California
- ScD, Maternal & Child Health, Epidemiology, School of Hygiene and Public Health, The John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland
- MPH, Public and Community Health Service / Health Service Administration, Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
- MSSA, Health Care / Social Work, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
- BA, Psychology, School of Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dr. Lawrence has focused her career on issues that affect the health and well-being of children and childbearing women. At present, her research focuses on the epidemiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children, adolescents, and young adults as well as on the epidemiology of diabetes, including pregestational diabetes and gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), among childbearing women. Her work examines critical issues such as quality of life, depression, health behaviors, quality of care, the use of technology among children and youth with diabetes, and the transition from childhood to adulthood while having diabetes. Dr. Lawrence is the Principal Investigator for the California Center of the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Among childbearing women, her work examines prevalence, trends, and risk factors for GDM by race/ethnicity and maternal age as well as postpartum glucose screening and follow-up and progression to type 2 diabetes. It also focuses on knowledge, behaviors, medication use, and health outcomes among women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes diagnosed before pregnancy. An emphasis on identifying health disparities underpins much of this work. Dr. Lawrence is an active member of the American Diabetes Association as well as many other professional organizations.