Lauren Sedivy

Graduate Student, Social Psychology
Faculty Advisor: Daniel Sullivan
Headshot - Lauren Sedivy - Grad Student

Psychology 520

She, Her, Hers

I am an Existential Psychologist interested in understanding the framework and implications of collective trauma. I also work as an adjunct instructor in a workforce development program, teaching courses to the currently incarcerated, through the non-profit LMM located in Cleveland, Ohio. I would like to better understand the identity formation and the public perception of the currently and formerly incarcerated in order to encourage social advocacy and initiate positive social change. 

Research Interests:

  • Existential isolation
  • Collective trauma
  • Research involving the currently and formerly incarcerated
  • Relationships between attitudes toward the incarcerated, political ideologies, and the formation of identity within this population with the goal of encouraging social advocacy and initiating positive social change


  • Vail, K. E., Galgali, M., Reed, D., Helm, P., Edwards, M. E., Jimenez, T., Arndt, J., Lehinger, E., Sedivy, L., McGeary, D. D., Nabity, P., & Cobos, B. (in press). COVID19-related threat, existential isolation, and well-being. Clinical Psychologist.

Courses Taught:

  • PSY 101 - Introduction to Psychology (2023)
  • PSY 456 - Death & Loss (2023)

At Cleveland State University -

  • PSY 220 - Industrial-Organizational Psychology
  • PSY 339 - Social Psychology
  • HOSP 111 - Front of the House

*Year listed indicates when this individual last taught the specified course.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Joyce A. and Ronald H. Zabor Scholarship, Cleveland State University. (2020)
  • Outstanding Graduate Psychology Student, CSU Department of Psychology. (2021)
  • Graduate Student Teaching Award (nominated), CSU College of Sciences & Health Professions. (2021)
  • Joyce A. and Ronald H Zabor Scholarship, Cleveland State University. (2021)
  • Dr.'s Jeffrey N. Younggren & Garnett S. Stokes Endowed Fellowship in Psychology, University of Arizona (2023)

Updated: 12/06/23


  • B.A. Neuroscience and Biomedical Humanities, Hiram College
  • M.A. Psychological Science, Cleveland State University