Lauren Tingey


Assistant Scientist

I never cease to be amazed by the incredible colleagues with whom I get to work at the Center for American Indian Health. Each person is so passionate and contributes a unique perspective to the catalog of programs and services the Center endeavors. In particular, the staff working in the field is tireless in their drive to improve the health and well-being of people in their community, and other populations facing similar challenges. I am so honored to be a part of this incredible group of people and strive to bring the same pride and joy to our Center that so many have brought to me.

My long-term vision includes developing interventions that are transferable to other American Indian and indigenous communities and which can be incorporated into existing service delivery systems. Specifically, I aim to culturally adapt evidence-based practices for uptake and scaling in communities with gaps in essential sexual and reproductive health education.


Lauren Tingey, MPH, MSW, PhD is a clinical social worker and behavioral health scientist with training in social and behavior change theory, intervention development, program evaluation and clinical practice with individuals and families. Lauren completed a Bachelor’s of Science from Cornell University, a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Maryland, a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, and a PhD from the University of Amsterdam. Lauren’s Master’s research (2005-2008) centered on HIV/AIDS prevention among vulnerable populations in both developed and under-resourced settings. Lauren’s doctoral research focused on a community-based mixed-methods approach to developing behavioral health interventions with American Indian adolescents. Lauren has been employed at the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health since 2008. Since 2010, Lauren has been pursuing a new line of research focused on the cultural adaptation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions to address sexual and reproductive health disparities among adolescents and young adults, specifically on risk reduction for sexually transmitted infection, HIV/AIDS and unintended pregnancy. Lauren’s current research draws on a combination of methodologies including community-based participatory approaches, qualitative data collection, needs assessments, staged-based adaptation, and biostatistics.