Dr. Jean M Lawrence is the Principal Investigator for the SEARCH California site, housed in the Department of Research & Evaluation at Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Dr. Lawrence's work has focused on the epidemiology of type 1 and type 2 diabetes in children, adolescents, and young adults as well as psychosocial issues related to having diabetes. Her research addresses racial and ethnic disparities, the correlates and impact of having diabetes on quality of life and depression, and the changing epidemiology of childhood diabetes.
Some of her other work includes the epidemiology of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and the postpartum care and future type 2 diabetes risk and perception of risk among women who have a history of GDM. In addition to her work on SEARCH, she is also a multiple PI on the Diabetes in Young Adults (DiYA) Study which examines incident diabetes among 20-45 year olds. Additional information about Dr. Lawrence can be found at www.kp-scalresearch.org.
The SEARCH Study in California is conducted by Kaiser Permanente Southern California through the Department of Research & Evaluation located in Pasadena California. Individuals that participate in study visits can do so throughout the Southern California region for their convenience. The California Center is one of the most diverse SEARCH sites and enrolls individuals from the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan from 7 counties (Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, Kern, Riverside, San Bernadino, and Imperial).