With a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology and a master’s degree in public health, Laura’s first position after graduation was in Duke University’s Psychiatry Department. She then worked at the Craniofacial Center at the University of North Carolina. When Laura decided to move back to Washington, a colleague connected her with Seattle Children’s Research Institute.
Laura’s day is a mix of independent and collaborative work. Whether she’s working on her own or as part of a team, Laura does everything she can to make sure projects help researchers learn more about the conditions they’re studying. This work then helps improve clinical care for children, which is something that makes her very proud.
“One of the things that stands out to me the most about Seattle Children’s is that I really feel like a valued part of the team. In the big picture of the institution, I feel that my voice and opinions—and what I care about—really matter to everyone here, especially the Senior Leadership Team.”
“What gets me excited to come to work is that I really feel like I’m contributing to something bigger than myself. I don’t directly care for patients or see families every day, but I feel that the work I do is a small part in a puzzle that improves the lives of kids and families.”