Lauren Strainge

Graduate Student, Psychological Sciences (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interests primarily focus on the intersection between health behaviors, brain health, and psychological well-being. In particular, I’m interested in how sleep, treatment adherence, and stress can impact mental health and brain wellness. Past projects include work on a comprehensive health promotion program (e.g., sleep, exercise, stress reduction, diabetes management) for individuals with severe mental illness, and an intensive case management support program for chronic disease patients delivered via text and social messaging.

Since coming to UConn, I have worked on a number of projects related to medication adherence among the elderly, college students, breast cancer survivors, and people living with HIV/AIDS. As a graduate student in clinical neuropsychology and health psychology, I am currently pursuing projects related to the intersection of health behaviors and their impact on cognitive and psychological processes. I am particularly interested in exploring novel health behavior interventions to target adherence and sleep, with the hope that such interventions will also help to improve psychological and neuropsychological functioning for diverse patient groups.


M.A. Clinical Psychology (May 2014) – Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY
B.A. Neuroscience (June 2012) – Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

Featured Publications

Strainge, L., & Kaplan, R. (2017). Hypertension, white matter disease, and cognition in the elderly. In Johnson-Greene, D. E., Koffler, S. P., Mahone, E. M., Marcopulos, B. A., & Smith, G. (Eds.) Neuropsychology: A review of science and practice, Vol. 3. Oxford University Press. Manuscript in preparation.

Strainge, L., Kaplan, R., Manning, K., Mascufo, N., Guttmann, C. & Wolfson, L. (2017). Neuropsychological and structural MR predictors of attrition in a sample of health elderly. Aging, Neuropsychology & Cognition. Manuscript in preparation.

Cruess, D., Burnham, K., Finitsis, D., Goshe, B., Strainge, L., Kalichman, M. … Kalichman, S. (2016). A randomized clinical trial of a brief Internet-based group intervention to reduce sexual transmission risk behavior among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men. Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Manuscript under review.

Cruess, D., Burnham, K., Finitsis, D., Cherry, C., Grebler, T., Goshe, B., Strainge, L., Kalichman, M., & Kalichman, S. (2016). Online partner seeking and sexual risk among HIV-positive gay and bisexual men: A dialectical perspective. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 1-9.

Strainge, L., Cruess, D., & Smith, A-L. (2015). Alexithymia, psychological flexibility and social anxiety: Results of a stress reduction and induction study. In A. M. Columbus (Ed.) Advances in Psychology Research, Vol. 114. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Contact Information
Mailing AddressBousfield Psychology Building
406 Babbidge Rd, Unit 1020
Storrs, CT 06269