My research is focused on issues of culture, mental health, and stigma. I have researched these issues among a wide range of groups, including individuals affected by serious mental illness (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and severe depression), racism, gender diversity, and size-ism. Research is vital to my professional identity as a psychotherapist and faculty in a doctoral program. One of my objectives as a researcher is to highlight intersectional oppression across groups and inform cultural competence in mental health care. Given my background in clinical psychology, I strive to strengthen the quality of care provided to underserved populations by disseminating this research to the field. My research includes 2 published books and over 50 publications, and over 40 conference presentations. 

Peer-Reviewed Articles



Mizock, L., & Hopwood, R. (2018). Economic challenges associated with transphobia and implications for practice with transgender and gender diverse individuals.  Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 49(1), 65-74.

Russinova, Z., Mizock, L., & Bloch, P. (2018). Photovoice as a tool to understand the  experience of stigma among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Stigma & Health 3(3), 171-185. 

*Mizock, L., Riley, J., Yuen, N., Woodrum, T., Sotilleo, E., & Ormerod, A. (2018). Transphobia in the workplace: A qualitative study of employment stigma. Stigma & Health3(3), 275-282.

Mizock, L., & Russinova, Z. (2018). The process of development and analysis of  a Photovoice mental health intervention. SAGE Research Methods Cases, (Part  2),1-10. 

Mizock, L., Hopwood, R., Casey, H., Duhammel, E., Herrick, A., Puerto, G., & Stelmach, J. (2017). The Transgender Awareness Webinar: Reducing transphobia among the general public and mental health providers. Journal of Gay & Lesbian Mental Health, 21(4), 292-315.

Mizock, L., Woodrum, T. D., Riley, J., Sotilleo, E., Yuen, N., & Ormerod, A. (2017). Coping with transphobia in employment: Strategies used by transgender and gender diverse people in the United States. International Journal of Transgenderism, 18(3), 282-294.

Mizock, L. (2017). Transgender and gender diverse clients with mental disorders: Treatment issues and challenges. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 40, 29-39.  

Carroll, L., & Mizock, L. (2017). Trans-Affirmative Care: Moving From Trans Allies To Trans Activists. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 40, i.  

Reisner, S. L., White, J. M., Gamarel, K. E., Mizock, L., Keuroghlian, A. S., & Pachankis, J. (2016). Discriminatory experiences associated with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms among transgender adults. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 63(5), 509-519.

Mizock, L., & Page, K. (2016). Evaluating the ally role: Social justice and collective action in counseling and psychology. Journal for Social Action in Counseling and Psychology, 8(1), 17-33.

Mizock, L., & Lundquist, C. (2016). Missteps in psychotherapy with transgender clients: Promoting gender sensitivity in counseling and psychological practice. Psychology of Sexual   Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3(2), 148-155.

Mizock, L., & Hopwood, R. (2016). Conflation and interdependence in the intersection of gender and sexuality among transgender individuals. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 3(1), 93-103.  

Mizock, L., & Russinova, Z., & DeCastro, S. (2015). Recovery Narrative Photovoice: Feasibility of a writing and photography intervention for serious mental illnesses. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 38(3), 279-282.

Mizock, L., & Kaschak, E.  (2015). Introduction to the special issue: Women withserious mental illness in therapy: Intersectional perspectives. Women & Therapy, 38(1-2), 6-13.

Mizock, L., & Russinova, Z. (2015). Intersectional stigma and the acceptance process of women with serious mental illness. Women and Therapy, 38(1-2), 14-30.

Mizock, L., & Russinova, Z., & Shani, R. (2014). New roads paved on losses: Qualitative analysis of photovoice intervention for serious mental illness.  Qualitative Health Research, 24(11), 1481-1491.

Mizock, L., Russinova, Z., & Millner, U. (2014). Barriers to and facilitators of the acceptance process for individuals with serious mental illness. Qualitative Health Research, 24(9), 1265-1275. 

Mizock, L., Harrison, K., & Russinova, Z. (2014). Lesbian, gay, and transgender individuals with mental illness: Narratives of the acceptance process. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 18(3), 1-22.

Mizock, L., & Mueser, K. (2014). Employment, mental health, internalized stigma, and coping with transphobia among transgender individuals. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1(2), 146-158.

Mizock, L., Russinova, Z., & Millner, U. (2014). Acceptance of mental illness: Core components of a multifaceted construct. Psychological Services, 11(1), 97-104.  

Anthony, W., & Mizock, L. (2014). Evidence-based processes for evidence-based practices in an era of recovery and community integration. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 57(4), 219-227.

Ellison, M., Anthony, W., Rogers, E. S., Lyas, A., & Mizock, L. (2014). Implementing and evaluating goal setting in a statewide psychiatric rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin, 57(4), 228-237.

Mizock, L., Covello, C., & Ferreira, C. (2013). Brief report on transgender students with disabilities: Best practices for higher education. Pedagogy and the Human Sciences, 1(3), 24-32.

Mizock, L., & Russinova, Z. (2013). Cultural factors in the process of acceptance among individuals with serious mental illnesses. Rehabilitation Counseling Bulletin56(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.

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.

Mizock, L., & Fleming, M. (2011). Transgender and gender variant populations with mental illness: Implications for clinical care. Professional Psychology, 42(2), 208-213.

Mizock, L., & Harkins, D. (2011). Diagnostic bias and conduct disorder: Improving culturally sensitive diagnosis. Child and Youth Services, 32(3), 243-253.

Mizock, L., Harkins, D., & Morant, R. (2011). Researcher interjecting in qualitative race   research. Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 12(2), Art. 13.

Mizock, L., Harkins, D., Ray, S., & Morant, R. (2011). Researcher race in narrative interviews on traumatic racism. Journal of Maltreatment, Aggression, and Trauma, 20(1), 39-56.

Mizock, L., & Wells, Y. (2010). Sexual health counselor preferences of African      American and European American women: A brief report. Sexuality & Culture, 14(2), 144-156. 

Mizock, L., & Harkins, D. (2009). Relationships of research attitudes, racial identity, and cultural mistrust. American Journal of Psychological Research, 5(1), 31-51.

Mizock, L., & Lewis, T. K. (2008). Trauma in transgender populations: Risk, resilience, and clinical care. Journal of Emotional Abuse, 8(3), 335-354.

Mizock, L., & Harkins, D. (2007). Barriers to culturally competent research: Institutional and individual variables. Community Psychologist, 40(4), 13-17.

Chapters, Etc.

Mizock, L., & Ameen, E. (2018). Parental Leave Resource and Climate Guide: For Students and Psychologists. American Psychological Association, Office on  Early Career Psychologists. Retrieved from https://www.apa.org/careers/early-career/parental-leave-guide.pdf

Dill-Shackleford, K. E., Eddington, S., Henderson, L., Mizock, L., & Taylor, O. (2016). Memo on Racial and Ethnic Tensions. Santa Barbara, CA: The Marie Fielder Center at Fielding Graduate University.

Merryman, M. & Mizock, L. (2016). Depression. In A. Goldberg (Ed.), The SAGE encyclopedia of lgbtq studies (Vol. 3, pp. 297-301). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Ltd. doi: 10.4135/9781483371283.n108

Ameen, E., Dora, J. M., Gutierrez, I., Keck, P., Khubchandani, A., Mizock, L., Smith, K., Wisdom, J. P. (2015). Advocating for changes in parental leave policy in APA. APA Family Leave and Disability Working Group. The Feminist Psychologist, 42(5), 18-20.

Mizock, L. (2015). Preventing retraumatization in mental health settings of women with serious mental illness. Directions in Psychiatry, 35(3), 199-212.

Mizock, L. (2015). Negotiating maternity leave. The Feminist Psychologist, 42(4), 25-27.

Mizock, L. (2015). Contemporary conversations in feminist psychology: Maternity and paternity leave [A statement submitted for public comment of the Motherhood Committee of Division 35]. The Feminist Psychologist, 42(1), 7-8.

Mizock, L. (2014). Mothers as feminist mentors. The Feminist Psychologist, 41(4), 7.

Mizock, L. (2014). Supporting mothers in training and early career. The Feminist Psychologist, 41(2), 7, 17.

Mizock, L., & Rowland, D. (2014). Sexual surgery. In Andrew Scull (Ed.) Cultural Sociology of Mental Illness: An A-to-Z guide. (Vol. 18, pp. 800-802). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.         

Mizock, L., & Harrison, K. (2014). Ageism. In Andrew Scull (Ed.) Cultural sociology of mental illness: An A-to-Z guide. (Vol. 1, pp. 12-15). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.         

Mizock, L. (2013). Rehabilitation services. In Michael Shally-Jensen (Ed.), Mental health care issues in America (pp. 667-673). Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Press.

Meier, C., Mizock, L., & Mougianis, E. (2013). Fact sheet: Gender diversity and transgender identity in youth. American Psychological Association Division 44: Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues. Resources Related to LGBT Psychology.

Crawford, K., Bennasar, M., & Mizock, L. (2012) Cultural competence in behavioral health disaster response: The challenge, the opportunity. In Julie L. Framingham & Martell L . Teasley (Eds.), Behavioral health response to disasters. (pp. 175-188). Boca Raton, FL: 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. (2011). Review of Spin between never and ever and Voices in the rain: Meaning in psychosis. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal, 35(2), 157-158.