Lauren Caccamo

Lauren Caccamo

Research Coordinator

Preventive Medicine
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE THING ABOUT YOUR JOB?
My favorite part of my job is hearing about the progress people make through these new mediums of treatment. In my role, I initially talk to people who are struggling with depression or anxiety, but then at follow-up points, they are doing much better. It’s amazing to see that our day to day technologies can create such positive change in a person’s life.

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN JOINING CBITS?
The center seemed like such an innovative addition to the field of psychology. I wanted to be a part of the unique depression treatment research they were doing here.

WHAT AREAS OF RESEARCH ARE YOU MOST INTERESTED IN?
I am very interested in studying evidenced based interventions for mood and anxiety disorders. I want to better understand the types of treatments clinicians are using with clients, why they are or aren’t working, and how we can make them more personalized for each individual.

WHAT ARE YOUR CAREER GOALS / FUTURE CAREER ASPIRATIONS?
I plan to pursue a graduate degree that will allow me to work with underserved populations who are struggling with mental health problems. I hope to impact these individuals lives both through practice and policy work. If possible, I would love to bring creative expression into my clinical work with clients as well.

WHAT IS THE WEIRDEST JOB YOU HAD BEFORE COMING TO CBITS?
I worked as a barista at a small coffee shop. It wasn’t exactly weird, but it was extremely fun attempting to create latte art…and it helped me develop a mild caffeine addiction!

WHAT DID YOU GO TO SCHOOL FOR?
I went to the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and received my bachelor’s degree in psychology.

WHEN YOU WERE YOUNGER, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP?
A veterinarian or a chef

WHAT ARE YOUR INTERESTS / HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF WORK?
Hot, vinyasa, and yin yoga, reading (primarily YA books), exploring new coffee shops and cities