Skip to main content

Lauren Gaydosh

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society

Virtual Office Hours

Wednesdays, 1:00pm-2:00pm CST

For Zoom link, please visit the Current Student Forms and Resources page and click on the “Fall 2020 MHS Faculty Office Hours” link.


PhD, Princeton University



Lauren Gaydosh is Assistant Professor of Medicine, Health, and Society, and Public Policy Studies and affiliated faculty in the Sociology Department at Vanderbilt University. She received a BA in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and MA and PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University. Before joining MHS, Lauren was a Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on better understanding the role of early life environments in shaping health across the life course. Lauren integrates social, contextual, and biological data from population-based longitudinal studies to examine how inequalities in the social environment get under the skin to create health disparities. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Fulbright Program, and published in Demography, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Social Forces.

Lauren’s teaching reflects her interests in integrating biological and social models of health to better understand health inequalities. She teaches MHS 1930: Social Dimensions of Health and Illness, and MHS 7000: Interdisciplinary Research Methods.


  • Population health
  • Demography
  • Family sociology
  • Longitudinal research
  • Social policy