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Lauren Vollinger

Community Psychologist


PhD, Community Psychology, Michigan State University
MA, Community Psychology, Michigan State University
BA, Psychology and Sociology, DePaul University


Lauren Vollinger is a research analyst in the Justice Practice Area. Over the past decade, she has partnered with local and state anti-trafficking task forces, schools, and law enforcement to understand the interorganizational needs of agencies to best support survivors of trafficking in their communities. As a community psychologist, she has extensive experience conducting trauma-informed community-based participatory research and evaluation and emphasizes community engagement to disseminate findings beyond academic circles.

Dr. Vollinger’s areas of expertise include human trafficking, domestic violence (DV) / intimate partner violence (IPV), economic abuse, coerced debt, help-seeking behaviors of survivors, and community and systems’ response to victimization. She is well-versed in qualitative and mixed methods, life history calendar (LHC) methodology, and data visualization and dissemination strategies such as infographics, policy briefs, data briefs, and interactive data dashboards. Dr. Vollinger currently serves as senior project advisor and task lead on multiple projects spanning different crime types (sexual assault, human trafficking, FGM/C) and stakeholder groups.

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