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Associate Research Professor

Lauren Dayton, PhD, MSPH, is a behavioral scientist who works to promote the well-being of youth and families through the development, implementation, and evaluation of trauma and harm prevention interventions.

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mental health; substance use; trauma; harm reduction; youth and adolescent health; social networks; human rights
Experiences & Accomplishments
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
University of Michigan
Lauren Dayton (she/her) is a behavioral scientist whose work focuses on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of trauma and harm prevention strategies. She has a specific interest in understanding ways to enhance well-being among youth and families who have been impacted by trauma and addressing socio-structural factors that lead to health disparities. Dr. Dayton collaborates with local and national organizations in her current research and practice portfolio of projects which concentrates on substance use, incarceration, childhood trauma, mental health, climate change, and COVID-19.
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  • Dayton L., Schneider KE., Strickland J., & Latkin C. (2021). Determinants of worry using the SARS-CoV-19 Worry (CoV-Wo) scale among United States residents. Journal of Community Psychology 49(5):1487-1504
  • Dayton L., Mazhnaia A., Xiangrong K., Winiker A., Schneider K., Davey-Rothwell M., Tobin K., and Latkin C. (2021). Trends in overdose experience and prevention behaviors in Baltimore, MD, 2017-2019. Drug and Alcohol Dependence 221:108650.
  • Dayton L., Tobin K., Falade-Nwulia O., Davey-Rothwell M., Al-Tayyib A., Saleem H., & Latkin C. (2020). Racial disparities in overdose prevention among people who inject drugs. J Urban Health 97(6):823-830.
  • Dayton L., Tobin K., & Latkin C. (2020). Understanding HIV/AIDS prevention and care in the context of competing health and well-being priorities among black men who have sex with men in Baltimore, MD. AIDS Care:1-6.
  • Dayton L., Gicquelais R., Tobin K., Davey-Rothwell M., Falade-Nwulia S., Xiangrong K., Fingerhood, M., Jones A., & Latkin C. (2019). More than just availability: Who has access and who administers take-home naloxone in Baltimore, MD. PLoS ONE 14(11): e0224686.
COVID-19 and health
Overdose prevention and social networks