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



Dr. Lauren Cook helping students fight the stigma of mental illness

Getting to know

Dr. Lauren Cook

Dr. Lauren Cook is a multiculturally minded and social justice oriented therapist, speaker, and author. She travels around the country sharing how we can cultivate a life in accordance with our values. Lauren is passionate about bringing mental health to people of all different identities as she recognizes that wellness is meant for each of us. Lauren integrates positive psychology, gratitude, and neuroscience into her work to inform her evidence-based teachings. She specifically practices third wave tenets (CBT, ACT, and DBT) with a feminist lens to help her clients apply mindfulness and cognitive flexibility for intentional living.

Dr. Lauren Cook began her training at UCLA, where she majored in Psychology and Communication Studies. She then earned her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of Southern California where she was trained specifically in supporting communities of color in underserved settings. It was during this time that Lauren became trained in Emotionally Focused Therapy and learned how to help marginalized families and couples integrate healthy communication strategies while building greater emotional closeness.

Dr. Cook then completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University. During her doctoral training, Lauren developed a specialty assessing for prodromal symptoms (or early-onset development) of various serious mental illnesses. She is passionate about lessening the stigma associated with mental illness and implements a recovery model and strengths-based approach for her clients and their families. Lauren is an affirming therapist and is trained as an undocu-ally as she identifies as a social justice advocate, both onstage and in the therapy room. She believes that any person, no matter what symptoms they are experiencing, and what identities they hold, deserves to live a meaningful and enriching life. Stigma and discrimination should never get in the way.


Are you noticing that your employees, students, or members are struggling to identify and activate their purpose? As a multiculturally minded and intersectionally aware therapist, Dr. Lauren Cook helps audiences of all sizes define what matters in order to begin living in accordance with their values.

Lauren has spoken to thousands of audience members and speaks around the country to instill a message of resilience and hope within each listener. She works with students of all different identities and remains mindful of how each student’s gender, age, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, ability status, and belief system shapes who they are. With this in mind, your guests will walk away with a better understanding of their internal strengths and how they can channel those for a purpose-driven life.


Young adults feel a lot of pressure these days. Get into the best college, win the soccer tournament, and land the dream internship if you want to be “worthy.” Sound familiar? With all this stress, it’s no wonder that students are saying they feel depressed, anxious, or overwhelmed at an alarmingly high rate. What is especially worrisome is that many of these students are too afraid to seek help. Clearly it’s time for a change.

Lauren Cook provides an intentional space where young adults can learn about mental health in a safe way. Here’s what you can expect:An overview of signs/symptoms of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, substance abuse, and other conditions.How to get help if you feel stressed, scared, or unwell.How to talk with friends, family members, and partners if you’re concerned about them and their wellbeing.What to do if you or someone you know is feeling suicidal.Resources to guide you to further information and support.

Lauren also emphasizes the need for self-care. We need to put on our own oxygen mask first before we can help others. By focusing on gratitude, optimism, mindfulness, and remembering how to play, Lauren reminds us how to prioritize our own well-being from a proactive stance.


To help you promote your event with Dr. Cook, CAMPUSPEAK has created promotional templates you can use. In this folder, you will find resources for social media, a promotional poster for printing, and press photos you can use for your event.
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Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Dr. Cook.

In-Person Event AV Needs (PDF)
Speaking Introduction (PDF)

Connect with Dr. Cook
You’d be surprised how often this pops up…it’s one of those things that people can hesitate to talk about openly. If you struggle with this though, there is help! 

Reach out for a consult if this is something you’d like to work through this year. 

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Anyone else do this…or does it tend to hit for you at 2 am? The people who love you make it known…if they’re passive aggressive towards you or hold things over your head for years—it might be worthwhile to question it the friendship is worth it for YOU. 

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Have you noticed any of these lately? Just because you feel this way, it doesn’t mean you have to simply accept it. 💛

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What’s been your 1️⃣ strategy for working through your anxiety? Cuddling with your pet counts!

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Do you struggle with this as an adult? I know I’ve had a hard time with this. Sometimes it feels so easy for work to get in the way and honestly, it can be challenging to meet new people (especially since my best friends now live all over and I only get to see them so often). 

This is a big reason why I joined @jlpasadena because I was looking for more amazing women to connect with. It hasn’t disappointed! 

How do you want to lean into your friendships, both old and new ones, this year?

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What are your thoughts on this one? 

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Or from this past week…name one way you grew this week! Did you read a little more? Stick to your workout plan? Order less take-out? Went beyond small talk? I want to hear it!

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Try this strategy the next time you’re hung up on someone…including if it’s a toxic friend that you keep coming back to!

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What’s your flavor of anxiety? Or do you do a double or triple scoop? 🍦🍦🍦

If you’re finding that anxiety has been getting you down, schedule a consult with me to talk about the next steps. Link in bio!

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Were you cool as a 🥒 growing up or looking back, were there some signs that you were anxious? What were the cues for you? 😬😳🥺

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People think separation anxiety is just for kids…but I see it come up at all seasons of life. When you’re in college, watching your parents get older—or simply when you hear of freak accidents where people lose a loved one unexpectedly. Is this something you struggle with?

#separationanxiety #sayinggoodbye #sayinggoodbyesucks #anxietyawareness #anxiousattachment #anxietysupport #anxietyrecovery #gettingolder #cantletgo
Is this something you have a hard time with? This week I challenge you to do something by yourself—go out to coffee, go to a movie, go on a walk (in a place that is safe). 

Let me know what you’re doing on your own this week!

#socialanxiety #socialanxietydisorder #socialanxietyawareness #anxietyrecovery #anxietysupport #anxiousmind #anxietyproblems #yougotthis #personalgrowth #personalgrowthjourney #personalgrowthanddevelopment

Dr. Lauren Cook is incredibly engaging and speaks from the heart. Our chapter members were able to hear about the importance of mental health awareness and acceptance and through her words felt empowered to own their personal stories. She speaks with such a warm presence and her compassion for others is contagious. We loved hosting Dr. Lauren!

— Annie Dempsey

Vice President of Operations, Panhellenic Association, Purdue University

Lauren came to speak with our university about mental health awareness and self-care. Throughout her keynote, Lauren engaged with the audience, asked questions and provided tangible solutions for addressing mental health issues and improving self-care. From beginning to end she was an absolute joy to work with!

— Deanna Der

Syracuse University

Dr. Lauren Cook spoke at our Student Leadership Conference and created such an encouraging and uplifting experience for students. She spoke on mental health and coping through the pandemic in a way that let students know that she was also struggling and was also feeling the same things as many of the students. Dr. Cook was engaging and spoke to students as individuals, which really meant a lot. She made a virtual event feel like we were all together in the same room.

— Kaitlyn Luczak

Assistant Director of Student Engagement, University of Evansville

6 out of 5 stars. Lauren’s presentation was outstanding. I just wanted to say thank you for having a safe room to talk about mental health.

— Student Attendee

Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference

Lauren Cook speaks with compassion and lights up any room with just her presence alone. Her ability to put a smile on someone’s face and instill a sense of purpose in them with her words comes so naturally. No matter how many people are in the room, Lauren communicates in a way that is meaningful to every individual and you will not leave without taking a little piece of her with you.

— Presley Peterson

University of Central Florida

Dr. Lauren Cook spoke to our students about naming, facing, and embracing their mental health and stories. I’ve heard nothing but raving reviews from our students and employees in attendance saying it was exactly what they needed, it was powerful, it was important, and they really loved that she didn’t talk to them like they were children. Dr. Lauren was very engaging and has been the best speaker we’ve brought to campus all year!

— Alyssa Roush

Student Activities Coordinator, Hastings College

Lauren was absolutely fantastic! She broke down complex topics about mental health and self awareness in ways that students could not only understand and relate to, but apply to their lives. She also did an exceptional job interacting with our students through the chat and direct messaging during our virtual event.

— Caitlin Steele

Student Activities Program Specialist, Blue Mountain Community College

Lauren’s presentation on mental health was the most powerful presentation I have ever been to. This helped me more than you know.

— Student Attendee

Association of Fraternal Leadership and Values Conference


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, especially those who hold marginalized identities. As a therapist and social justice advocate, 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,
  • understand how marginalization, discrimination, and systemic oppression contributes to mental health distress and what to do about it,
  • 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 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->

Riding the Waves of Mental Health: Learning How to Mentally Surf with Resilience

Ever feel like the waves of life are beating you down? One minute you are riding high and the next you are crashing? Another exam, another complicated relationship, another panic attack—do you ever feel like you can’t come up for air? We can all feel like we’re drowning sometimes. Thankfully, Dr. Lauren Cook teaches you how to pick up your mental surfboard so we can learn how to emotionally surf through even the roughest waters. We can’t always control what kind of waters we’re in but we can learn how to swim so that we don’t feel like we’re crashing and sinking. Lauren will show how rolling with the tides, rather than resisting them, allows you to tap into your resilience and come back stronger. Your life is waiting for you so surf’s up!

Learning Outcomes

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

  • how to incorporate mindful compassion, both for ourselves and others as we wade through the ebbs and flows of life
  • how to incorporate wellness principles so that you’re building the metaphorical best surfboard to ride on,
  • how to get back up on the board after a tough, emotional wave has knocked us out, and
  • how to develop a self-care plan that is easy to implement and is sustainable.
Rise to Shine: Building Happier Lives & Organizations

Is your organization struggling with morale? Are your members feeling discouraged, defeated, and disconnected? With Dr. Lauren’s extensive research in the field of positive psychology, she helps communities find intentional purpose without the toxic positivity attached. Bringing a balance of realness with mindful optimism, she helps students reconnect to their values so that they not only feel a greater sense of meaning in their own lives, but to their membership experience as well. This is a talk that will give your community that major boost as we celebrate the wins, appreciate one another, and get excited for what’s to come. 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, including how to be a social justice advocate.
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 while continually creating a more equitable, welcoming, and inclusive space for all.

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 create a more inclusive experience that expands the FSL eperience for those who have been marginalized and excluded in the past
  • how to engage the power of mentorship by inspiring students to seek mentors and be mentors themselves, and
  • how to consider what kind of positive legacy they want to leave for their chapter, school, and organization.
Stop “Weighting” to Feel Better: Learn to Love Yourself Now

Did you know that eating disorders are the second most deadly mental health concern? In fact, we lose someone every hour to an eating disorder. Eating disorders and body dysmorphia can impact anyone, including students of color, men, and the LGBTQIA+ community, who are unfortunately neglected from the conversation at times. Dr. Lauren not only provides education to your community on what eating concerns and body dysmorphia looks like, she provides you with tangible tools to feel better, practice intuitive eating, and love the body that you’re in.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Understand the neurological impact of eating disorders and how it impacts daily functioning,
  • Identify four key ways to practice intuitive eating,
  • Note the difference between body positivity and body neutrality, and
  • Learn how to support peers when you’re concerned that someone may be struggling with an eating disorder.