Lauren Burns came to UTC in May 2020 amid COVID-19. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Health from Ohio University; where she later went on to receive her Master of Public Health, specializing in rural behavioral health. Lauren also possesses two professional certifications as a Certified Health Education Specialist, and a Certified Personal Trainer. 

Lauren holds a wide variety of experiences involving health and wellness within the non-profit and cooperate sectors. During her time within each sector she has been involved in the coordination of multiple grant funded programs and projects. The projects most noteworthy include opioid and substance abuse, behavioral health, and suicide prevention projects. Lauren most recently coordinated grant funded public health programs to 33 Tribal Nations within the Eastern regions of the United States. 

A someone very passionate about holistic health, Lauren could not be happier working within the Center for Student Wellbeing at UTC. Lauren's area of focus at UTC involves coordinating the Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention grant awarded through SAMHSA (The Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration). This grant focuses on enhancing services, preventing mental health and substance abuse disorders, improving treatment as well as health seeking behaviors for college students. Lauren's passion for prevention of substance abuse, mental health disorders, and suicide stems from the research she conducted while at Ohio University involving Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the correlation of health outcomes in adults. 

When Lauren is not on campus, you may see her personal training Chattanooga community members or paddle boarding downtown with her Husky.