Lauren Mizock, PhD
Office number: Sullivan 241P
Ph.D., M.A. - Suffolk University, Clinical Psychology
B.A. - Oberlin College, Gender & Women’s Studies
Areas of Specialization/Academic Interests
Cultural competence in clinical work and research
Transgender mental health care
Stigma and serious mental illness
Bio and Professional Highlights
Dr. Lauren Mizock is a clinical psychologist focused in psychotherapy, research, and education. Dr. Mizock completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston University in mental illness research, and a predoctoral internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center where she worked with people with serious mental illness and criminal charges, as well as low-income children and families. Dr. Mizock was also an outreach fellow in her doctoral program at Suffolk University, devoting her clinical and research focus to economically and socially underserved populations. Dr. Mizock has previous teaching experience at 7 colleges and universities in New England. She finds teaching to be the most rewarding and energizing part of her day.
Dr. Mizock is passionate about mentoring students interested in working in the field and integrates her clinical experiences into lectures. She is a licensed psychologist in the state of Massachusetts and carries a small private practice of outpatient therapy clients in Cambridge, MA. She specializes in multicultural issues, serious mental illness, and substance abuse. Dr. Mizock typically uses the narrative therapy approach with clients to develop empowering and healing stories of their lives.
Dr. Mizock also loves mentoring students in research activities. She has published over 20 articles and a book on multicultural issues in research methodology. She has conducted research with a wide range of participants who have encountered stigma related to transgender identity, mental illness, racism, and weight. She uses mixed methods to integrate quantitative and qualitative study in order to gather rich, complex data. She welcomes students who are interested in doing research to join her.
(* - student co-researchers)
Mizock, L., & Russinova, Z. (2013). Cultural factors in the process of acceptance among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 56(4), 229-239.
Mizock, L. (2012). The double stigma of obesity and mental illness: Promoting health and recovery. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(6), 466-469.
Shipherd, J., Mizock, L., Maguen, S., & Greene, K. (2012). Male-to-female transgender veterans and VA health care utilization. International Journal of Sexual Health, 24, 78-87.
Crawford, K., Bennasar, M., & Mizock, L. (2012) Cultural competence in behavioral health disaster response: The challenge, the opportunity. Behavioral health response to disasters. CRC Press, Taylor and Frances Group.
Mizock, L. (2012). Book review: Integrating theory and practice in culturally relevant pedagogy. Pedagogy and the Human Sciences, 2(1), 52-55.
Mizock, L., Millner, U., & Russinova, Z. (2012). Spiritual and religious issues in psychotherapy with schizophrenia: History, culture, and practice. Religions,3(1), 82-98.
*Peltier, M., & Mizock, L. (2012). Fox’s More to Love: Pseudo-fat acceptance in reality television. Somatechnics: Multidisciplinary Scholarship on ‘The Body,’ 2(1), 93–106.
Recent Conference Presentations
*Mizock, L., Russinova, Z., & Harrison, K. (2013, August). Transgender individuals with psychiatric disabilities: Narrative inquiry into the developmental process of acceptance. American Psychological Association Annual Conference. Honolulu, HI.
Carr, E., Mizock, L., & MacNamara, M. (2013, August). Supporting mothers in training and early career: Feminist advocacy and social justice perspectives. Roundtable Discussion. American Psychological Association Annual Conference. Honolulu, HI.
Mizock, L., Millner, U.. & Russinova, Z. (2012, October). The acceptance process of women with serious mental illness: Intersectional stigma. Paper presentation. Annual Diversity Challenge at Boston College. Boston, MA.
Restrepo-Toro, Millner, U., & Mizock, L. (2012, October). Abriendo caminos: Effects of stigma and discrimination on Latinos with psychiatric disabilities. Paper presentation. Annual Diversity Challenge at Boston College. Boston, MA.
Mizock, L., Millner, U., & Russinova, Z. (2012, August). Rolling with it: Cultural factors in the process of acceptance for individuals with mental illness. American Psychological Association Annual Conference. Orlando, FL.
Clinical Psychology Seminar
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