Originally from Harrisburg, PA, Lauren Stoner is an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. As an undergraduate, Lauren earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Philosophy, English and Urban Studies. She was a 2007 Brackenridge Fellow where she research full service community schools and community and parental engagement as well as suicidality in adult populations.
As a graduate student, Lauren earned a Master’s degree in Social Work and began working as a Therapist and Behavioral Specialist Consultant with children, adolescents and families. Her clinical work has continued through her work in the Allegheny County Jail’s Re-Entry program, where she ran groups and worked individually with men and women who are incarcerated in preparation for their release back into society. Most recently, Lauren was hired to establish a holistic defense Social Work program at the Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender.
Lauren is trained and pursuing certification in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) through the Center for Traumatic Stress in Children at Allegheny General Hospital and is pursuing her LCSW licensure. Additionally, she recently completed a Trauma-Informed and Anti-racist 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training and teaches gentle and restorative yoga weekly. She believes that evolving and healing as human beings is an ongoing process that requires a holistic approach in working with the mind and body.
Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three-legged dog; gardening and propagating plants; making up health recipes to cook; reading and spending time outside.