Lauren Hunt has been working on epidemiological and health services research to understand symptom burden and end-of-life care needs of older adults with dementia.
Dementia is the fastest growing cause of death. 30% of all decedents over the age of 65 in the U.S. die with or from dementia. Hunt believes we need to improve the care and support of older adults with dementia across the trajectory of decline from onset to death. Hunt is currently conducting research that enhances our understanding of the symptom burden and end-of-life experience of older adults with dementia at the end-of-life. During her fellowship, she hopes to continue to expand research in this area with access to GBHI resources. She also hopes to develop a network of experts in brain health locally, nationally, and globally. Outside of work, Hunt likes to spend time with family and friends and enjoy the beautiful natural environment of California.
Bio: Lauren Hunt is an Assistant Professor at UCSF School of Nursing. She trained as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Boston College. She received her PhD in Nursing from UCSF School of Nursing, where she was a recipient of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award and a T32 Nurse Research Training in Symptom Management, both funded through the National Institute of Nursing Research. From 2017-2019, she was a VA Quality Scholar at the San Francisco VA Health Care System.