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Lauren Mitchell

Senior Lecturer of Medicine, Health, and Society

Lauren Mitchell is a researcher and direct care practitioner with a current appointment as a Senior Lecturer in the Vanderbilt University Department of Medicine, Health and Society and through the Columbia University Narrative Medicine Certificate of Professional Achievement Program.  She is the founder of The Doula Project, the United States' first formalized full-spectrum doula program, and is the author of the book The Doulas: Radical Care for Pregnant People (Feminist Press 2016).  Her first academic book project, Alienating Aesthetics: Performance, Medicine, and the Use of Discomfort contends with the ethics of visual and performance culture, narrative, medical history, and the limitations of our current societal definition of empathyShe has recently published in Configurations, Departures in Critical Qualitative Interventions, and The Journal of Clinical and Translational Science, and has held a faculty position at Texas Christian University.  She is also pursuing a Master's in Social Work at the University of Tennessee at this time.