Lauren Textor

Lauren Textor

Department affiliations: 

UCLA-Caltech Medical Scientist Training Program, David Geffen School of Medicine

Research interest: 

Immigrant health and health care; Race and health; Health disparities and interventions; Women’s health; Physician-patient encounter; Social contexts of genetics and epigenetics


Mini biography: 

My research seeks to understand the social context of health disparities and the ways that health care delivery might be improved for populations that are systematically excluded from meaningful care.  I am interested in the ways that unequal power dynamics affect health of immigrants and refugees, and the ways that authoritative knowledge interacts with divergent cultural models throughout the clinical encounter.

I have conducted qualitative research on the initiation of breastfeeding by immigrant women from Somalia and Mexico in a Southeast Minnesota county hospital. This research explored the intersection of kin networks and the authority of physicians and nurses in the context of the colostrum and the postpartum hospital stay.

I am currently a first-year student MD/PhD candidate at UCLA. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Philosophy of Science at the University of Pennsylvania.