Lauren Degabriele is a second year law student in the English common law program at the University of Ottawa. Her longterm interest in the medical humanities, particularly the history of psychiatry, psychopharmacology, Cold War medicine, health law, and women and health were first explored at McGIll University, where she received a M.A. in the history of psychiatry, funded by a merit based SSHRC grant. At McGill, Lauren worked fulltime as a research assistant for Dr. Andrea Tone. Using university and government archives and myriad databases her research supported the writing of a book that reexamines the classaction lawsuit filed by former psychiatric patients of Dr. Ewen Cameron against the CIA /American government. During her first year of law school, Lauren continued to pursue her interests in legal health history. Working with Dr. Jennifer Chandler, Lauren’s research charted the development of mental health legislation and mental health policy in Canada, while also exploring specific topics like eugenics, MKUltra, and Oak Ridge.
Outside of research, you can bump into Lauren with headphones on, enjoying a chai tea at local cafes, studying all over uOttawa’s campus, catching a movie at Lansdowne or the Bytowne, and eating out all over the city.