Meet Lauren Smith | Psychological Associate

Lauren Smith is a Psychological Associate at Brain Spectrum Neuropsychology as well as a PhD student at UC San Diego. She studies the etiology of social impairments in autism in young infant siblings.

 

Lauren has over 5 years of experience working with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum, including facilitating interventions and administering a series of cognitive assessments including the ADOS and the ADI-R. At Brain Spectrum, Lauren assists Dr. Thurlow with diagnostic assessments.

 

In her free time, she is reading mystery books and is snuggled up with her dog Archer, and cat Arrow.

Meet Lauren Smith | Psychological Associate

Lauren Smith is a Psychological Associate at Brain Spectrum Neuropsychology as well as a PhD student at UC San Diego. She studies the etiology of social impairments in autism in young infant siblings.

Lauren has over 5 years of experience working with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum, including facilitating interventions and administering a series of cognitive assessments including the ADOS and the ADI-R. At Brain Spectrum, Lauren assists Dr. Thurlow with diagnostic assessments.

In her free time, she is reading mystery books and is snuggled up with her dog Archer, and cat Arrow.

Testimonials

Dr. Cheryl Arutt, PsyD, Clinical & Forensic Psychologist

"I have known Dr. Thurlow for 25 years and give her my highest recommendation! She is that special kind of expert who really listens, combining her deep knowledge and experience as a neuropsychologist with her compassion as a human/parent/friend to illuminate ways to really support and deeply understand young people whose brains work differently. Her evaluations improve lives, and I always know those I refer to Dr. Thurlow will be in excellent hands."

Dr. Mandy Moradi, Clinical Consultant Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center

"I have collaborated with Dr. Thurlow in various capacities over the years. She is an exceptionally bright psychologist who is committed to the wellbeing of our neurodivergent community. There is wide variability when it comes to evaluation quality, and finding a professional who offers best practice evaluations using gold-standard measures can be challenging. Dr. Thurlow offers the kind of sensitive, thorough, and evidence-based assessments that I trust. I recommend Dr. Thurlow without hesitation."

Dr. Jesse Olague, Child Psychologist, Del Mar

"Dr. Thurlow is without a doubt the best diagnostician in San Diego. Not only does she have the experience and high-level skills to understand even the most complex cases, she is also incredibly compassionate and kind. Families and professionals alike love working with her. I trust her clinical judgment without reservation."

David Teitelman, parent of a neurodivergent child.

"Dr. Thurlow is a spectacular psychologist/diagnostician. I can attest to her expertise in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, and Neuro divergence. Dr. Thurlow was able to determine significant flaws in a previous evaluation of my neurodivergent child. With her help, we were finally able to obtain an accurate diagnosis after many years of struggle.

Dr. Thurlow's consultation, compassion, and support in obtaining an accurate diagnosis has truly been life-changing for our family."

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