Lauren Whitehurst is an assistant professor of psychology in the UK College of Arts and Sciences. Photo by Jeremy Blackburn | Research Communications

Lauren Whitehurst, assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and assistant director of the UNITE Research Priority Area, studies how sleep is affected by our genetics and living environments.

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