Dr. Lakes is an accomplished child and adolescent psychology researcher, clinician, and educator, who has received many prestigious research awards. She was on the University of California, Irvine pediatrics faculty for eleven years and recently left to join the University of California, Riverside psychiatry faculty. Dr. Lakes is a peer reviewer for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and many scientific journals. She has an active pediatric neuropsychology practice. Dr. Lakes taught ethics at UC Irvine for seven years, and has been an invited speaker at educational programs for family and juvenile court judges.