Lauren is an editor, writing instructor, and essayist from Palm Springs, CA.
She trained as a cognitive research psychologist for ten years while quietly nurturing an original love of making through creative writing, sculpture, painting, and photography. Across genre and medium, her work explores the human experience as art in all forms.
Lauren has a Bachelor’s degree from Mills College (RIP) in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Research, and a Master’s from NYU in Interdisciplinary Studies concentrating in Social Cognition, Collective Memory, and Systems of Conflict. Across disciplines, her expertise includes implicit thinking, long-term memory, interpersonal dynamics, systems of conflict, multi-media painting, long-form nonfiction, flash nonfiction, digital photography, and resin works.
She finds the scientific method and the artistic process to be one and the same— Necessary, relentless, and pursuant.
Though there are countless, her influences include Anselm Kiefer, Virginia Woolf, Margaret Atwood, Barbara Kruger, and Marina Abramović. You can find her interdisciplinary psychology column here: laurenkdougherty.substack.com and on Instagram: @laurenkdougherty