Lauren Schwartz Ph.D.

Lauren Schwartz Ph.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Behavioral Health Care, Mental Health Care, Multiple Sclerosis, Pain Medicine, Psychology, Rehabilitation Medicine, Stroke, Women's Health


Rehabilitation Medicine




Primary Location

Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic at UWMC

1959 NE Pacific St., 8th Floor SS 812
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206.598.4295|Map It 


Dr. Lauren Schwartz is a clinical psychologist and a UW clinical associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine. She has particular interest in the impact of disability and illness on the family system and enjoys working with individual patients and couples. She has conducted research in this area, as well as, research exploring various coping strategies for chronic pain.

Dr. Schwartz earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego and her Ph.D. from the Joint Doctoral Program at University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University. Dr. Schwartz did her clinical residency and postdoctoral fellowship in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine. She has been on the faculty at the University of Washington in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine since 1993.

Patient Care Philosophy

I enjoy helping people who are struggling with disability, illness and other changes in their lives. My goal is to help patients and their families function as highly as possible despite their challenges, as well as, to find ways to cultivate meaning and value in their lives. I particularly enjoy working with patients who are actively engaged in their care and willing to explore new ways of approaching and coping with their challenges.

Personal Interests

Walking, hiking, yoga, spending time with my daughters and travel to sunny places.

Clinical Interests

Coping with disability and illness, mindfulness approaches and working with couples.

Research Interests

Dr. Schwartz's research interests include chronic pain, the impact of disability on the family and the relationships between family responses to disability and functioning.


UCSD, School of MedicineMedical education1992
UW - Dept. of Rehabilitation MedicineFellowship
UW - Dept. of Rehabilitation MedicineInternshipClinical Psychology
UW - Dept. of Rehabilitation MedicineTeaching Appointment

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