Lauren Charlot

Co-Chair. START Research Committee & START Trainer

Lauren Charlot, LICSW, PhD is a Developmental Psychologist, who 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 a Co-Chair of the National Center for START Services Research Committee. She is an assistant professor of psychiatry at the UMass Medical School and an adjunct professor at Eastern Carolina University. She has published original research, and has lectured widely on a variety of topics related to the care of individuals with IDD (Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities) and ASDs (Autism Spectrum Disorders) across the United States, Canada and in Europe. 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 sponsored DM-ID 2 chapter on Depressive Disorders. Dr. Charlot and Shriver colleagues 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.


START is a research-based model of services and supports for individuals with an intellectual/developmental disability (IDD) ages six and older who also have a mental health (MH) diagnosis or behavioral health needs.