Lauren Starr is pursuing a PhD in Nursing in the Hillman Scholars Program in Nursing Innovation, She is a third year PhD student and Masters in Bioethics candidate. Her dissertation explores associations among palliative care consultations for end-of-life discussions, acute care costs, healthcare utilization, and race among persons with serious illness; and risk factors associated with the timing of end-of-life discussions before death. She is an Associate Fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute is Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, a Jonas Scholar, a Luce Scholar, a member of Sigma Theta Tau, and a predoctoral fellow in the NewCourtland Center for Transitions and Health under the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award training program in Individualized Care for At Risk Older Adults, National Institute of Nursing Research (T32NR009356).

Lauren’s mentors are Dr. Salimah Meghani and Dr. Connie Ulrich. She is expected to graduate in May 2019.