Lauren Vanhusen | Psychology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Lauren Vanhusen

Doctoral Student, Counseling Psychology

Lauren Vanhusen


Great Falls, VA

Undergraduate Institution:

Davidson College, B.S.

Current Program:

Counseling Psychology, Ph.D.

Year of Matriculation:


Research Interests:

I am interested in Health Psychology as well as Sport Psychology.  Further, I am interested in social justice issues related to Health Psychology and health disparities.

Publications and Presentations:

Hooker, G., King, L., Vanhusen, L., Kristi Graves, Beth N Peshkin, Claudine Isaacs, Kathryn Taylor, Elizabeth Poggi and Marc D Schwartz (2014). Long-term satisfaction and quality of life following risk-reducing surgery in BRCA 1/2 mutation carriers. Hereditary Cancer in Clinical Practice.

Butrick, M. N., Vanhusen L., Leventhal, K. G, Hooker, G. W, Nusbaum, R., Peshkin, B. N., Salehizadeh, Y., Pavlick, J., Schwartz, M.D., & Graves, K.D. (in press). Discussing race-related imitations of genomic testing for colon cancer risk: Implications for education and counseling. Social Science & Medicine. 

Posters and abstracts:

Presented an abstract as a poster on March 11, 2013 at the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) conference: “Psychosocial and demographic predictors of women who seek support services following genetic counseling and/or testing”.

Round tables:

Counseling Psychology Conference. Atlanta, GA. Social Justice:  At the Intersection of Counseling Psychology and Health Psychology: Benefits of Health Psychology Training for All Counseling Psychology Students


Chwalisz, K., Zvonkovic, J., Steinsdoerfer, G., Vanhusen, L., Goodin, J., Lee, C., & Lewis, B. (August, 2014). Innovations in Integrated Health Care From Emerging Counseling Health Psychologists. Symposium presented at the annual American Psychological Association, Washington, DC. 

Teaching Experience:

Psychology 102: Introduction to Psychology

Psychology 331: Abnormal Psychology

Psychology 202/ UCOLP 101: Careers in Psychology

Future Career Plans:

I hope to work as a clinician in a behavioral health setting or at a medical hospital.

What Attracted Me to SIU:

The collaborative and supportive environment.