Lauren Molloy Elreda

Research Assistant Professor of Education


  • Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University - University Park, 2012
  • M.S., Pennsylvania State University - University Park, 2009
  • B.A., University of Virginia, 2006

Lauren Molloy Elreda, Ph.D., is a Research Assistant Professor in Youth-Nex, interested in understanding, evaluating, and improving educational and intervention settings for youth.  She is particularly interested in applying advanced methodologies, such as social network analysis, to better understand social dynamics and relationships within these settings and how to improve them.  Lauren received her Ph.D. from Pennsylvania State University in 2012, where her work focused on how interpersonal relationships at the dyadic, group, and broader peer network level contribute to individual development.  Her current work at UVA includes several projects focused on how classroom peer interactions and relationships, classroom-level linguistic and ethnic diversity, and teacher attitudes and practices together to contribute to classroom functioning and students' academic development and well-being.