Lauren Shapiro, Ph.D.


Dr. Shapiro earned her B.A. in Psychology and French from Northwestern University in 2004 and completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at USC in 2014, where she worked with Dr. Gayla Margolin.  At USC, Dr. Shapiro studied family interaction, family aggression, and youth development and was awarded a grant by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) to examine the interplay between psychological and biological stress in adolescents.  She received thorough training in assessment and evidence-based treatments, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), family therapy, and therapy with couples.  Dr. Shapiro completed an APA-accredited internship at Pacific Clinics, where she worked with children, adolescents, and adults using a range of individual, group, and family evidence-based treatments for anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders.  She then completed her post-doctoral fellowship at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, where she worked with families facing substantial stressors, including families with infants in neonatal intensive care as well as military parents and their young children.

Dr. Shapiro approaches treatment with her research in mind, attending to both psychological and physiological components of well-being to maximize treatment outcomes.   She was recently awarded a fellowship by the National Science Foundation to study the concordance between physiological stress and observable, stress-induced behaviors in relation to aggression in young adult dating relationships.  As a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Shapiro works with adults, parents, couples, adolescents, children, and families.  She has experience treating a range of mental health concerns, including anxiety disorders (panic, generalized anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and traumatic stress), mood disorders (e.g., depression), as well as concerns related to life transitions, parenting, relationships, and work-life balance.

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Dr. Joel Becker, Director and Founder of Cognitive Behavior Associates introduces Registered Psychological Assistant Dr. Lauren Shapiro.