Dr. Lauren Gase is a senior researcher at Spark Policy Institute. She has expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research and evaluation, having led a number of studies at the national- and local-level to improve health, educational, and social outcomes. She enjoys using approaches, methods, and data analysis techniques that meaningfully facilitate stakeholder engagement, influence policy and program decision making, and foster organizational improvement.
Before joining Spark, Dr. Gase advanced health promoting policy and system changes as the Chief of Health and Policy Assessment at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and as a Health Scientist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Much of her work has focused on identifying ways to improve the holistic health and well-being of youth and families in partnership with multiple sectors, including the education and juvenile justice systems.
Dr. Gase holds a B.S. from University of California–Santa Barbara, a Master’s in Public Health from Emory University, and a Ph.D. in Health Policy from the University of California–Los Angeles.
Outside of work she enjoys cooking and eating vegetarian food and exploring the great Colorado outdoors.