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Lauren Mizock, PhD - Fielding Graduate University. San Francisco, CA, US

Lauren Mizock, PhD Lauren Mizock, PhD

Doctoral Faculty - Clinical Psychology | Fielding Graduate University

San Francisco, CA, UNITED STATES

Psychopathology; transgender mental health care; psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery; size acceptance; culturally relevant pedagogy




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Lauren Mizock, PhD, is doctoral faculty in the Clinical Psychology Program at Fielding Graduate University. Prior, Lauren was tenure-track faculty at Worcester State University in Massachusetts. Lauren is a licensed clinical psychologist in Massachusetts and California. Lauren is also on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association (APA). Lauren received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University and completed her predoctoral internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center. Areas of expertise include multicultural competence in research and clinical work, transgender mental health care, psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, size acceptance, and culturally relevant pedagogy.

Industry Expertise (3)



Mental Health Care

Areas of Expertise (15)

Legal Ethical and Professional Practice


Humanistic and Existential Theory / Therapy

Women's Mental Health

Serious Mental Illness

Psychosocial Rehabilitation

Multicultural Psychology

Size Acceptance

Transgender Mental Health

Recovery-Oriented Care


Human Sexuality

Humanistic and Existential Psychotherapy

Gender Issues in Psychotherapy

Narrative Therapy

Accomplishments (5)

Samuel M. Turner Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology (professional)

(2016) American Psychological Association (APA) Division 12, Society of Clinical Psychology

Psychotherapy with Women Award (professional)

(2014) Awarded by APA Division 35, Society for the Psychology of Women.

Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Award (professional)

(2014) Awarded by Worcester State University.

Research Award (professional)

Awarded by Suffolk University in 2008 and 2009.

Certificate of Recognition (professional)

(2005) Awarded in recognition of Outstanding Contributions to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community at Suffolk University.

Education (2)

Suffolk University: PhD, Clinical Psychology

Oberlin College: BA, Psychology and Gender and Women's Studies

Affiliations (5)

  • Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Div. 35): Executive Committee
  • American Psychological Association (APA) : Member
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Issues (APA Div. 44) : Member
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (APA Div. 9) : Member
  • National Register of Health Service Psychologists : Member ID #54937

Event Appearances (15)

Economic challenges associated with transphobia and clinical practice implications: A qualitative research presentation (Hopwood, R. A., & Mizock, L.)

(November, 2017) National Transgender Health Summit  Oakland, CA

Coping strategies that promote resilience to employment discrimination among transgender and gender diverse individuals (Riley, J., Sotilleo, E., Woodrum, T.D., Yuen, N., Mizock, L., Ormerod, A.)

(August 2017) APA Convention  Washington, DC

Development and Content Analysis of a Repository of Photography-Based Hope-Inspiring Messages (paper presentation, Russinova, Z., Mizock, L., Farkas, M., Bloch, P., & Mason, H.)

(August, 2017) APA Convention  Washington, DC

Motherhood Derailed: Parenting Experiences Among Women with Serious Mental Illness (Carr, E., Mizock, L., & Wang, S.)

(May, 2017) Oregon Psychological Association Annual Meeting  Eugene, Oregon

Gender-Responsive and Recovery-Oriented Care: Pilot Data for an Intervention for Women with Serious Mental Illness (Raja, K. & Mizock, L.)

(March, 2017) Eastern Psychological Association Annual Meeting  Boston, MA

Using webinars to reduce transphobia and promote awareness among mental health providers and the general public (with R. Hopwood)

(August, 2016) APA Convention  Denver, CO

Fostering recovery through Photovoice (Workshop with Z. Russinova and S. Huckabee)

(May, 2016) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Conference  Boston, MA

The acceptance process: Promoting recovery across culturally diverse groups (Workshop with Z. Russinova)

(May, 2016) US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Conference  Boston, MA

Recovery 4 US: Building a social media community for persons with the lived experience of mental illness (with Z. Russinova, P. Bloch & D. Blair)

(May 2016) US Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association Conference  Boston, MA

The Transgender Awareness Webinar: Technological innovations in stigma reduction

(November, 2015) Tools for Change Conference, Mental Health Association of San Francisco  San Francisco, CA

Intersectionality and transgender and gender nonconforming identities: Implications for research and practice

(August, 2015) American Psychological Association (APA) Convention  Toronto, Canada

Retraumatization in systems of care among women with serious mental illness

(August, 2015) APA Convention  Toronto, Canada

Reduction of transphobic attitudes in the Transgender Awareness Webinar

(August, 2015) APA Convention  Toronto, Canada

“Recovery 4 US”: Photovoice social media program for people with serious mental illnesses

(August, 2015) American Psychological Association (APA) Convention  Toronto, Canada

Women with serious mental health problems: Increasing awareness and social justice

(August, 2014) APA Convention  Washington, DC

Research Grants (4)

Social Transformation Grant, Fielding University

(2017-Present) Bay Area Action Research Collaborative in Clinical Psychology and Leadership Studies $8,000

Principal Investigator

Racial and Ethnic Tensions in America

(2016) Kettering Foundation $2,000


Gender-Responsive and Recovery-Oriented Care (G-RROC): Development of an Intervention for Women with Serious Mental Illness

(2015-Present) Fielding University Faculty Funding $4,992

Principal Investigator

Recovery 4 Us': A Photovoice Mobile APP Intervention to Enhance Recovery and Community Integration

(2014-Present) National Institute of Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) $195,000

Co-Principal Investigator, Field-Initiated Project

Articles (16)

The Transgender Awareness Webinar: Reducing transphobia among the general public and mental health providers

Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health

(2017) Mizock, L., Hopwood, R., Casey, H., Duhammel, E., Herrick, A., Puerto, G., & Stelmach, J.

V. 21(4), 292-315.

Coping with transphobia in employment: Strategies used by transgender and gender diverse people in the United States

International Journal of Transgenderism

(2017) Mizock, L., Woodrum, T. D., Riley, J., Sotilleo, E., Yuen, N., & Ormerod, A.

V. 18(3), 282-294.

Transgender and gender diverse clients with mental disorders: Treatment issues and challenges

Psychiatric Clinics of North America

(2017) Mizock, L.

V. 40, 29-39.

Trans-Affirmative Care: Moving from Trans Allies to Trans Activists

Psychiatric Clinics of North America

(2017) Carroll, L., & Mizock, L.

V. 40, i.

Discriminatory experiences associated with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among transgender adults

Journal of Counseling Psychology

(2016) Reisner, S. L., White, J. M., Gamarel, K. E., Mizock, L., Keuroghlian, A. S., & Pachankis, J.

Evaluating the ally role: Social justice and collective action in counseling and psychology

Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology

(2016) Mizock, L., & Page, K.

Missteps in psychotherapy with transgender clients: Promoting gender sensitivity in counseling and psychological practice

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

(2016) Mizock, L., & Lundquist, C.

Conflation and interdependence in the intersection of gender and sexuality among transgender individuals

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

(2016) Mizock, L., & Hopwood, R. Gender and sexuality intersect in different ways for transgender and gender nonconforming individuals. In the present study, intersectionality theory is applied to understand the overlapping levels of stigma and privilege associated with gender and sexual identities among transgender individuals. Participants included 45 individuals who identified as transgender and gender nonconforming. The grounded theory approach was used to build theory from qualitative data. Two broader themes of codes were identified, including conflation—encounters and reactions to stigmatization of transgender individuals based on the confounding of sexual orientation and gender identity. The second theme included interdependence— experiences and identity changes associated with the intersecting relationship of gender and sexuality among transgender individuals.

LGBTQ depression

Sage Encyclopedia of LGBTQ Studies

(2016) Merryman, M., & Mizock, L. In Abbie Goldberg (Ed.)

Memo on Racial and Ethnic Tensions

The Marie Fielder Center at Fielding Graduate University

(2016) Dill-Shackleford, K. E., Eddington, S., Henderson, L., Mizock, L., & Taylor, O.

Recovery Narrative Photovoice: Feasibility of a writing and photography intervention for serious mental illnesses

Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal

(2015) Mizock, L., & Russinova, Z., & DeCastro, S. The primary purpose of this article is to describe the development and feasibility of the Recovery Narrative Photovoice intervention. The nature of this intervention will be discussed, including facilitating empowerment and a positive sense of identity among people with serious mental illnesses. We will also describe the integration of Photovoice methodology with psychoeducational components, informed by principles of the recovery movement and narrative therapy.

Intersectional Stigma and the Acceptance Process of Women with Mental Illness

Women and Therapy

(2015) Acceptance of mental illness is facilitated by the presence of various resources that are needed to deal with associated stigma, prejudice, and discrimination. However, women with mental illness experience added levels of stigma and intersectional ...

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Women with Serious Mental Illness in Therapy: Intersectional Perspectives

Women and Therapy

(2015) The definition and treatment of serious mental illness in women have been crucial issues for feminist therapy. Women with serious mental illness experience elevated rates of abuse, trauma, poverty, and homelessness...

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New Roads Paved on Losses Photovoice Perspectives About Recovery From Mental Illness

Qualitative Health Research

(2014) People with serious mental illness face stigma that interferes with recovery. Photovoice is a method that integrates photography and writing, providing a valuable means for capturing the narratives of people with mental illness whose voices ...

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Employment, mental health, internalized stigma, and coping with transphobia among transgender individuals.

Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity

(2014) Transgender individuals encounter stigma related to nonconforming gender identity, contributing to elevated symptoms of depression, anxiety, and suicidality. Stigma toward transgender individuals (ie, transphobia) poses significant barriers to employment ...

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Male-to-female transgender veterans and VA health care utilization

International Journal of Sexual Health

(2012) This study examined rates of military veteran status in an American male-to-female transgender community sample (n= 141). Thirty percent were veterans (n= 43), a rate that is triple the proportion of veteran status noted in the general population (10.1%). ...

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