Lauren Mizock, PhD

Research Fellow |

Dr. Mizock is a Research Fellow at the Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation at Boston University, Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Worcester State University, and adjunct faculty at Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Mizock is a licensed clinical psychologist and maintains a small private practice in Cambridge, MA. Dr. Mizock is also the Affiliated and Professional Representative of the Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35) of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Dr. Mizock received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University, where she was an Outreach Fellow, focusing her research and clinical efforts on economically and socially underserved populations. Dr. Mizock completed her predoctoral internship at the Center for Multicultural Training in Psychology at Boston Medical Center.

Areas of Expertise

Psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery, multicultural competence in research and clinical work, transgender mental health care, size acceptance, culturally relevant pedagogy.


Mizock, L., & Harkins, D. (2012).  Researcher race: Social constructions in the research process. Information Age Publishing, Cultural Psychology Series.  Foreword by Jill Friedman & Gene Combs. Preface by Jaan Valsiner.

Selected Publications (since 2012)

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.

Selected Presentations (since 2012)

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.


Outstanding Award in Public Service. (August, 2009). Recipient of award from APA Division 18 for outstanding graduate student contribution to public service.

Research Award, Suffolk University. (April, 2009; April, 2008). Two-time recipient of clinical psychology doctoral student research award.

Certificate of Recognition to GLBT Community, Suffolk University. (October, 2005). Recipient of award from the Office of Diversity Services at Suffolk University in “Outstanding Contributions to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Community.”

Journal Affiliations

Editorial Board, Journal of Pedagogy of the Human Sciences, 2011-Present

Reviewer, Journal of Mental Health, 2012-Present

Guest Editor Special Issue, Women with Serious Mental Illness in Therapy: Intersectional Perspectives, Women and Therapy, press date 2014



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