Lauren A. Fowler (she/her) conducts transdisciplinary research to identify multi-level mechanisms and pathways that contribute to mental and physical health disparities through examination of health determinants (i.e., psychological, social, structural, cultural, and health systems factors), with a particular focus on weight-related discrimination and intersectional stigma among individuals of diverse sizes and shapes who identify as LGBTQIA+. She is passionate about shifting her work into a weight-neutral paradigm to examine and intervene on barriers (e.g., provider bias) and facilitators (e.g., gender- and weight-inclusive environments) to health equity and inform size-inclusive, health-promoting practices, policies, and environments. 

Her research also examines social cognitive processes (e.g., social normative influences, structural and interpersonal stigma, stress and coping) that determine health decision making and behavior, and the use of technology to increase access to evidence-based care for promotion of mental and physical health, including eating behavior, body image, and disordered weight-control behaviors. 

Dr. Fowler is faculty in the Sexuality, Health, and Gender (SHAG) Center with a courtesy appointment in the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine. Prior to joining the Brown School, Dr. Fowler completed postdoctoral training at the Washington University School of Medicine and her PhD in Applied Social Psychology from George Washington University. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lauren Fowler

Areas of Focus:

  • Weight stigma
  • Social determinants of health
  • Mental & behavioral health equity
  • Mixed methods