Carnegie Mellon University

Lauren McCarthy

Lauren McCarthy

Academic Advisor, Psychology

  • Baker Hall 342A
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213


Pronouns: she/her

Office Location: Baker Hall 342A

Lauren advises BS and BA Psychology majors.

How long have you been at CMU and how did you get here? What (if any) other roles have you had at CMU? What did you do before coming to CMU?

I started at CMU in December 2023. Prior to joining CMU, I worked in Student Affairs, specifically Residence Life and Career Development. I enjoy getting to know students and supporting them throughout their college experience. 

Please share with us one of your favorite quotations and why you love it.

“When we are open to new possibilities, we find them. Be open and skeptical of everything.” -Todd Kashdan

What was your undergraduate major? How did you end up deciding on it?

My undergraduate major was Psychology. I chose Psychology after taking a Health Psychology course and fell in love with the field. I had a really wonderful experience and met friends that I still have to this day.

What is a fun or surprising fact about yourself?

I am a black belt in the Isshinryu style of karate. I started when I was 10 years old. My interest in education stemmed from my experience teaching karate

When was a time when you struggled or encountered a setback? How did you respond?

Being tasked with managing a chronic illness was certainly a struggle. However, I trusted my ability to find answers and became my own advocate. I found the best doctors and read every journal article I could find. I have also created a network of support for people with my condition and share my experience to help them navigate the healthcare system.