Lauren Charlot

NC East Clinical Director, National START Consultant & Trainer

Lauren Charlot, LICSW, PhD is a Developmental Psychologist and is a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina. She has been working with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and severe co-occurring psychiatric disorders and challenging behaviors, for over 30 years.

Dr. Charlot is the Clinical Director of the NC START East team based out of New Bern, North Carolina and an assistant professor of psychiatry and Director of ID/MH Services at the UMass Medical School/UMass Medical Center. She has published original research, and has lectured widely on a variety of topics related to the care of individuals with IDD and ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) across the United States, Canada and in Europe.

Dr. Charlot is a member of the Center for START Services National Consultation and Training Team (Institute on Disabilities, University of New Hampshire) and provides expert consultation and training regarding issues of assessment and treatment of individuals with ID/MH. Dr. Charlot was a Co-PI with Dr. McIlvane, Dir. Of the E.K. Shriver Center on an NIH funded grant studying depression in children with ID and was the PI for a UMass Medical School Internal Initiatives Grant. She was the lead author on the NADD and APA sponsored DM-ID chapter on Mood Disorders and she is considered to be a national expert on differential diagnosis of psychiatric disorders in people with ID.

Dr. Charlot and Shriver colleagues recently published research regarding medical comorbidities among psychiatric inpatients with ID. Dr. Charlot has designed and directed multiple acute inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services for individuals with ID and ASD, providing oversight in program development, operations and providing extensive training to personnel within these varied programs. Dr. Charlot has been an expert consultant regarding inpatient psychiatric care of individuals with IDD in multiple settings including work as a federal court monitor in Washington State and Pennsylvania. Her most recent project is the design and development of a specialized “Medical Home” service for individuals with IDD who have severe psychiatric and behavioral challenges, in which the patients are treated by a team of physicians, behaviorists and other specialists, who meet weekly and provide collaborative care, led by a Care Coordinator. She is Co-PI on a state based healthcare initiative grant to study the Medical Home model.


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