Dr. Lakes was trained in one of the top doctoral programs in her field at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and completed a clinical child psychology internship at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and postdoctoral fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County. For the past 11 years, she has been a faculty member (assistant, then associate) professor in the medical school at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Lakes recently left UCI to join the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California Riverside School of Medicine.
Dr. Lakes is an accomplished researcher in the field of child, adolescent, and family psychology; she has received many research awards, including the 2008 Outstanding Recent Graduate Award from the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in recognition of the impact of her work on the field of children’s mental health. In 2011, in recognition of the impact of her neurodevelopmental research, the Aspen Brain Forum and New York Academy of Sciences selected her for the Aspen Brain Forum Prize in Neuro-Education, Young Investigator Award. In 2015, she received a visiting scholar fellowship from the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. Dr. Lakes is well published and well funded. As principal investigator, in the last 15 years Dr. Lakes has received numerous grants from federal or state agencies as well as private foundations, totaling more than 10 million dollars. She is a peer reviewer for the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation and many scientific journals.
Dr. Lakes has an active pediatric neuropsychology clinical practice and teaches medical students, residents, and undergraduates. She is well known for her ethical practices and taught an ethics course at UC Irvine for seven years. Dr. Lakes has been an invited speaker for educational programs for family court judges and is able to provide training in areas related to child development, mental health, and the impact of stressful or traumatic life events on child and adolescent functioning. Dr. Lakes provides consultation for lawyers for both plaintiffs and defendants and also has worked with prosecutors.