|For her research and leadership in autism, Lauren Singer '21 has been selected as a 2017 Health Hero (WebMD photo)|
Lauren Singer '21, a first-year student at Yale and resident of Scarsdale, was named by the health-information website WebMD as one of three "Health Heroes" of 2017. She was selected for her work in autism, including projects, programs and research since middle school.
A graduate of Scarsdale High School, Singer was inspired by her sister Jodie, who has autism. From her sophomore days in high school, Singer has spent summers assisting in autism research at Mount Sinai in New York City.
At Yale, she is studying perceptive cognitive science and philosophy. At Scarsdale High School, she was named a 2017 Regeneron Science Talent semifinalist (formerly sponsored by Intel), based on her autism research. She also received a U.S. Congressional Award Bronze Medal for related research.
WebMD has presented its Heroes Awards for the past 11 years and honors those who have contributed to improve health care and wellness in communities and who have researched or made notable progress in certain health challenges. Singer is one of three recipients selected by a team of WebMD editors from candidates around the country.
WebMD will donate $25,000 to a health-care program selected by Singer. (Singer selected the Child Mind Institute.) She and the other two winners will be celebrated at an event in Jan., 2018, in New York City.