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
▪Riding the Waves of Mental Health: Learning How to Mentally Surf with Resilience
▪Rise to Shine: Building Happier Lives & Organizations
▪Letters that Last A Lifetime


Does your community need a boost?

Lauren CookAre 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.

Lauren Cook

Want a tool to support your mental health journey? Get Dr. Lauren Cook’s book on Amazon.

Want a tool to support your mental health journey? Get Dr. Lauren Cook’s book on Amazon.

Laurens’ Bio

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.

Lauren’s Blogs

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

Alumni Relations

Mental Health

Promotional Materials

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.
Link to Promotional Materials

Logistical Materials

Below you will find logistical resources for the day of your event with Dr. Cook.

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

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

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

See What People Have to Say!

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’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

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

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


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 – 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->

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.