Dr. Lauren Cook

Dr. Lauren Cook helps students fight the stigma of mental illness and teaches communities how to implement wellness. She shares how students can create a life of purpose by identifying and implementing individual and group values.


▪Mental Health ▪ First Year Experience ▪Personal Growth ▪Stress Management ▪Suicide Prevention ▪Orientation ▪Health & Wellness ▪Communication ▪Resilience ▪Fraternity & Sorority Life ▪Values ▪Women’s Issues & Empowerment ▪Alumni Relations ▪Leadership


▪Name Your Story: How to Talk Openly about Mental Health
▪Eat Your G.R.A.P.E.S.: How to Cope Through Challenging Times
▪Rise to Shine: Building Happier Lives & Organizations
▪Letters that Last A Lifetime


Lauren CookLauren’s natural positivity shines with any audience, particularly when working with college students. Lauren cares passionately about collegians and values what every student has to say. During the presentation, students will participate in an active dialogue with Lauren as she wants to have a conversation rather than a lecture. She likes to talk with students, not at them. Lauren has traveled the country and spoken to over 50,000 students but she treats every talk like it’s her most important one. She takes the time to meet with students before she speaks and afterward, she stays and sits with every student that has a question or comment. Lauren greatly values every person in the room and she feels that she can learn something from every student that attends. Lauren respects every community that she has the honor of being a part of and she considers her journey as a speaker to be one of the greatest joys of her life.

Lauren Cook

Lauren Cook’s book is available for
purchase on Amazon.

Lauren Cook’s book is available for
purchase on Amazon.

Laurens’ Bio

Lauren Cook, also known as The Sunny Girl, is a graduate from UCLA with a double major in Communication Studies and Psychology. Lauren currently works as a therapist at USC’s Student Counseling Center and is a Professor at Mount Saint Mary’s University.

As the author of The Sunny Side Up and now with her latest publication, Name Your Story, she travels around the country speaking about mental health, happiness, and wellbeing. Lauren has worked at NBC Network News, E! News, and Disney during her time in college and she is a proud member of Chi Omega sorority. Lauren graduated from USC with her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy and is now working towards her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Lauren’s Blogs

The following are past entries Lauren has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog

Alumni Relations

Mental Health

“This was a great experience to invest in for our chapter! Lauren went out of her way to talk and contact me before the event to talk about why we are bringing her in and how she can help the chapter. Following our keynote program, we also set up a meeting with our executive council with her to get a new opinion on how we can help facilitate through some current problems we are facing. Lauren was beyond helpful, and I hope we can bring her or another great speaker from your organization in soon!!”

Emily McCallum

Vice President of Programming, Washington State University, Sigma Kappa

“Lauren came to speak with our university’s Panhellenic community about mental health awareness and self-care. From beginning to end she was an absolute joy to work with! What really stood out about Lauren was her ability and willingness to connect with our members on a personal level You could tell that her presentation was not a simple plug-and-chug template but, rather, was one tailored for the unique needs of the audience. Throughout her keynote Lauren engaged with the audience, asked questions, and provided tangible solutions for addressing mental health issues and improving self-care. Lauren is such a breath of fresh air and I would recommend her to anyone looking for a knowledgeable and captivating speaker”

Deanna Der

Syracuse University

“Lauren’s presentation was the favorite so far this year. She made us laugh and cry. She has a rare gift as a great communicator and is wise beyond her years”

Mia Kettmann

National Charity League

“Lauren has an energy and brightness about her that can transfix people, whether through her speaking or her writing.”

Whitney Plumpton

Chi Omega

“Lauren is an outstanding example of youth today; she is poised, polished and positive and she has the skill to engage listeners of all ages. Our group of nearly 200 was captivated from the instant Lauren reached the stage, her enthusiasm for her message is infectious.”

Laura Colgan

National Charity League


Name Your Story: How to Talk Openly about Mental Health

Ever experienced a panic attack before? Felt too stressed or sad to get through your day? Even felt suicidal? You’re not alone. The problem is that not many of us are talking about it. Too many of us are suffering silently. As a therapist, Dr. Lauren Cook provides an open, honest, and safe space to discuss how to navigate and cope with the challenges surrounding mental health. The talk is broken down into three parts: Name It, Face It, and Embrace It. You’ll learn how to recognize some of the signs and symptoms of the more common disorders and also learn how to access and share resources. Lauren also covers self-care and how you can integrate wellness into your life on a daily basis.

This is a must for your campus if you want your students to feel supported and validated in their mental health journey. From orientation and the first year experience to RA and organizational group trainings, your community will appreciate that you’ve provided a space of intentionality to discuss mental health with Dr. Cook.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to recognize the signs and symptoms of depression and anxiety,
  • how to encourage others to name their experience and voice their truth when they feel sadness, distress, or disappointment,
  • how to prioritize self-care through mindfulness and body awareness, and
  • how to harness multiple resources of help through counseling, family and friends, exercise and more.

Name Your Story – Online Education

Name Your Story is a mental health curriculum that Dr. Lauren Cook has created to provide education and resources for students and their advisors. Lauren offers over 20 videos and these modules cover information on various mental illnesses including anxiety, depression, eating disorders, substance use, and psychosis. Other videos include information on mindfulness, healthy habits, practicing gratitude, and integrating self-care. Lauren also reviews how to access help and how to have conversations surrounding mental health. Students will also get a customized handbook for applied learning. This curriculum largely ties in with the Name Your Story keynote that Lauren offers. There is also a paired book, Name Your Story: How to Talk Openly About Mental Health While Embracing Wellness, to further the learning process for students. Learn More->

Eat Your G.R.A.P.E.S.: How to Cope Through Challenging Times

Have you been struggling to stay mentally healthy during this season? This year has offered its fair share of heartache, disappointments, and difficulties and Dr. Lauren Cook provides tangible coping strategies you can use to feel better. You’ll learn how to implement the G.R.A.P.E.S. technique so that you’re able to navigate through these unpredictable and uncontrollable circumstances. By integrating cognitive flexibility and mindful self-compassion, students and staff alike will learn how they can incorporate structure with spontaneity. Better yet: every participant will get their own G.R.A.P.E.S. grid so that everyone comes away with an identifiable plan for wellness.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to process the spectrum of emotions that come up during difficult times and learn wthat to do with them,
  • how setting up a plan for success still matters, even when plans get cancelled, and
  • how to develop a self-care plan that is easy to implement, sustainable, and fun to create.
Rise to Shine: Building Happier Lives & Organizations

Finding purpose looks different for each person, so how do we achieve joy regularly, both in our own lives and in our membership experience? Lauren highlights how to cultivate our values through goal setting, gratitude, and giving back. She shares how we can take ownership of our lives by setting both personal and professional goals while learning how to access mentorship within our organizations. This is a talk that will give your community a morale boost while celebrating what’s going well and appreciating one another. Prepare to catch some major feels.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • the value of evaluating what genuinely brings them meaning in their lives and how to pursue their purpose on a regular basis,
  • how to effectively set goals and utilize mentorships to achieve them,
  • develop a daily sense of gratitude that fosters an appreciation for the little wonders in everyday life,
  • the importance of a curiosity and passion to serve the greater community.
Letters that Last A Lifetime

There’s a reason that you said “yes” to your organization on Bid Day. But why do you continue saying “yes” and showing up? Chances are, it is because you have found a community in Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL). Dr. Lauren Cook shows how this community can extend beyond college. Saying “yes” to our chapters can be a lifetime experience, and Lauren shares how our lives can be shaped personally and professionally by the FSL community. Indeed, Lauren shares how her time working at Disney, traveling the world, and even finding her lifelong partner all came from saying “yes” to not only her chapter, but the FSL community as a whole. Lauren invites members to be openly proud to identify as a fraternity or sorority member…you never know what or who might change your life when you do.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to build a lifetime appreciation for being a Fraternity & Sorority member beyond college graduation,
  • how to engage the power of mentorship by inspiring students to seek mentors and be mentors themselves, and
  • to find pride within the Fraternity & Sorority Life community and challenge the negative stigmas held against the FSL system by integrating a social justice framework.