Lauren Marlotte, associate director of training for the Nathanson Family Resilience Center at UCLA, will be honored by the U.S. Department of Defense with the Patriot Award. The award recognizes supervisors and bosses for showing understanding in their leadership of employees who also serve in the National Guard or National Reserve, such as through flexible schedules, time off before and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

Marlotte, who works within the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, will receive the award on Dec. 17. The Patriot Award is being given to Marlotte for her flexible, supportive supervision of a trainer in the Nathanson center, Mary Fortson-Harwell, who is also a behavioral health officer in the California National Guard.

In addition to her work at the Nathanson center, Marlotte is also an attending supervisor at the UCLA Family Stress, Trauma and Resilience clinic and the UCLA Psychology Clinic. Marlotte is a licensed clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from the University of La Verne, where she studied clinical and community psychology.