Lauren C. Ng, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Psychiatry

Lauren Ng
720 Harrison Ave


Dr. Lauren C. Ng is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Boston University School of Medicine and a Clinical Psychologist at Boston Medical Center. Her research focuses on the mediators and moderators of, and interventions for, psychological outcomes of trauma exposure in low- and middle-income countries and low resource settings in the United States. The ultimate goal of her research is to increase access to effective and culturally appropriate mental health services and to reduce disparities in care and the burden of mental illness in some of the most vulnerable populations around the world. She is currently the principal investigator of a K23 patient-oriented mentored career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to assess the feasibility, effectiveness and implementation of an evidence-based intervention for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in patients with serious mental illness in Ethiopian primary care clinics.

Her clinical specialty is providing evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapies to diverse, primarily low-income, child and adult clients coping with PTSD. She currently sees clients who are refugees and asylum seekers through the Boston Center for Refugee Health and Human Rights.

She has completed two NIMH funded postdoctoral research fellowships in global mental health; the first at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the second at the Chester M. Pierce, MD Division of Global Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. She received her PhD from the University of Southern California and her BA from Yale University.



  • University of Southern California, PhD
  • University of Southern California, MA
  • Yale University, BA


  • Published on 5/15/2020

    Ng LC, Stevenson A, Kalapurakkel SS, Hanlon C, Seedat S, Harerimana B, Chiliza B, Koenen KC. National and regional prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder in sub-Saharan Africa: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Med. 2020 May; 17(5):e1003090. PMID: 32413027.

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  • Published on 2/20/2019

    Ng LC, Medhin G, Hanlon C, Fekadu A. Trauma exposure, depression, suicidal ideation, and alcohol use in people with severe mental disorder in Ethiopia. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2019 Jul; 54(7):835-842. PMID: 30788553.

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  • Published on 8/30/2018

    Demissie M, Hanlon C, Birhane R, Ng L, Medhin G, Fekadu A. Psychological interventions for bipolar disorder in low- and middle-income countries: systematic review. BJPsych Open. 2018 Sep; 4(5):375-384. PMID: 30202599.

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  • Published on 6/1/2017

    Nduwimana E, Mukunzi S, Ng LC, Kirk CM, Bizimana JI, Betancourt TS. Mental Health of Children Living in Foster Families in Rural Rwanda: The Role of HIV and the Family Environment. AIDS Behav. 2017 Jun; 21(6):1518-1529. PMID: 27578000.

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  • Published on 5/15/2017

    Betancourt TS, Ng LC, Kirk CM, Brennan RT, Beardslee WR, Stulac S, Mushashi C, Nduwimana E, Mukunzi S, Nyirandagijimana B, Kalisa G, Rwabukwisi CF, Sezibera V. Family-based promotion of mental health in children affected by HIV: a pilot randomized controlled trial. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2017 Aug; 58(8):922-930. PMID: 28504307.

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  • Published on 4/11/2017

    Ng LC, López B, Pritchard M, Deng D. Posttraumatic stress disorder, trauma, and reconciliation in South Sudan. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2017 Jun; 52(6):705-714. PMID: 28401274.

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  • Published on 4/7/2017

    Koenen KC, Ratanatharathorn A, Ng L, McLaughlin KA, Bromet EJ, Stein DJ, Karam EG, Meron Ruscio A, Benjet C, Scott K, Atwoli L, Petukhova M, Lim CCW, Aguilar-Gaxiola S, Al-Hamzawi A, Alonso J, Bunting B, Ciutan M, de Girolamo G, Degenhardt L, Gureje O, Haro JM, Huang Y, Kawakami N, Lee S, Navarro-Mateu F, Pennell BE, Piazza M, Sampson N, Ten Have M, Torres Y, Viana MC, Williams D, Xavier M, Kessler RC. Posttraumatic stress disorder in the World Mental Health Surveys. Psychol Med. 2017 Oct; 47(13):2260-2274. PMID: 28385165.

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  • Published on 10/1/2016

    Smith Fawzi MC, Ng L, Kanyanganzi F, Kirk C, Bizimana J, Cyamatare F, Mushashi C, Kim T, Kayiteshonga Y, Binagwaho A, Betancourt TS. Mental Health and Antiretroviral Adherence Among Youth Living With HIV in Rwanda. Pediatrics. 2016 Oct; 138(4). PMID: 27677570.

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  • Published on 9/15/2016

    Betancourt TS, Smith Fawzi MC, Stevenson A, Kanyanganzi F, Kirk C, Ng L, Mushashi C, Bizimana J, Beardslee W, Raviola G, Smith S, Kayiteshonga Y, Binagwaho A. Correction: Ethics in Community-Based Research with Vulnerable Children: Perspectives from Rwanda. PLoS One. 2016; 11(9):e0163384. PMID: 27631364.

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  • Published on 8/1/2016

    Ng LC, Petruzzi LJ, Greene MC, Mueser KT, Borba CP, Henderson DC. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Social and Occupational Functioning of People With Schizophrenia. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2016 Aug; 204(8):590-8. PMID: 27105458.

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