Lauren is a Research Associate at the ERC. She is currently on an extended leave of absence, working for the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. A member of staff at the Centre since 2013, she has previously worked on the evaluation of the School Support Programme under DEIS (Delivering Equality of Opportunity In Schools), the 2014 National Assessments of English Reading and Mathematics, and the 2013 ICT Census in Schools. She has a B.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology, both from University College Dublin. Her research interests lie primarily in the areas of home-school relations and educational disadvantage.