SSW PhD Student Lauren McCarthy is secretary for UMB's Graduate Student Association. Lauren is a third-year doctoral student at the School of Social Work working with Dr. Bethany Lee on the mental health and well-being of child welfare involved youth, with a focus on racial and economic equity. This is her third year participating in GSA, and her first year serving on the executive board. She is a musical theater nerd who enjoys social justice activism, hiking with her dogs, and running. Lauren will be the third member of her family with a doctorate in Social Work.