Lauren Nelson, PhD

Senior Director, Psychometrics, Patient-Centered Outcomes Assessment

PhD, Quantitative Psychology
MA, Quantitative Psychology
MS, Physics
BS, Physics
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

BS, Psychology

University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Lauren Nelson, PhD, is a Senior Director of Psychometrics, Patient-Centered Outcomes Assessment. She has over 20 years of experience applying psychometric and statistical methods in health-related outcomes research using data collected in clinical trials and observational studies. At RTI HS, Dr. Nelson has extensive experience in conducting the psychometric evaluation of clinical outcome assessment instruments in accordance with the FDA patient-reported outcome (PRO) guidance, for a variety of therapeutic areas, including dermatology, gastroenterology, oncology, women's health, diabetes, and respiratory. She has prepared documentation pertaining to COAs for regulatory submissions to support PRO labeling claims. She has expertise in applying modern psychometric methodology such as item response theory, factor analysis, structural equation modeling, latent growth modeling, and growth mixture modeling. Dr. Nelson has several publications and presentations in the fields of psychology and patient-reported outcomes, including manuscripts in Therapeutic Innovation and Regulatory Science, Value and Health, Quality of Life Research, Expert Review of Pharmacoeconomics & Outcomes Research, Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Journal of Attention Disorders, Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, Pediatrics, American Journal of Mental Health, and Developmental Psychology and papers and posters presented to the International Society for Quality of Life Research and the International Society of Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research.