Lauren Gerlach

Lauren Gerlach

Clinical Lecturer, Psychiatry, Medical School.
D.O., Medicine, Western Univ of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific
A key area of my research interest is in understanding trends and appropriate use of psychotropic medications among older adults including evaluating how psychotropic medications are utilized in end of life care. I have used national survey and administrative claims data to evaluate the growth of central nervous system (CNS) medication polypharmacy use among older adults and to understand how health systems respond to warnings (e.g., from the US FDA) for psychotropic medications. My work aims to inform safe and rationale psychotropic medication prescribing among older adults-including understanding how to best target appropriate treatment to patients that would benefit from treatment the most.