About Cortney Warren

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Academic Background

Cortney is a Board-Certified Clinical Psychologist. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Texas A&M University in 2006 after completing her internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Cortney is an expert in eating pathology, addictions, self-deception, and cultural diversity in Psychology. To date, she has written almost 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, delivered more than 75 professional presentations and public addresses and written 7 book chapters. She is currently writing a book on love addiction and breakups, which is scheduled to be published in 2022. She is a licensed Psychologist in Nevada (#PY0690) and California (#32338).

Childhood Environment

The child of two professors, Cortney was raised in an academic environment. In addition to attaining a formal education in the classroom, she traveled extensively, getting a “real-world” education. Before the age of twenty, Cortney had lived in Australia and Argentina and traveled throughout Central America, South America, Russia, Scandinavia, and Western Europe.

Raised traveling the world, Cortney has a unique perspective on how culture influences everything from identity formation to eating norms to the lies we tell ourselves about what makes us valuable as people. She was intrigued by the ways cultural and environmental conditions affected the psychological well-being of individuals, groups, and even entire societies.

Cortney was also profoundly influenced by her mother, Dr. Karen Warren, who was a prominent feminist philosopher. Her mothers’ work on sex and gender inequality greatly shaped Cortney’s passion to understand how humans can overcome adversity.

Professional Training and Mentorship

Cortney’s interest in Psychology and issues of cultural diversity took academic shape as an undergraduate at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. Under the exceptional mentorship of Drs. Jaine Strauss (Macalester College) and Nancy C. Raymond (University of Minnesota), Cortney developed a strong interest in the cultural components of eating disorders and addiction.

After graduating magna cum laude from Macalester, Cortney entered the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Texas A&M University. Funded by the American Psychological Association's Minority Fellowship Program, Cortney sought out the mentorship of Drs. David H. Gleaves and Antonio Cepeda-Benito, who specialize in the assessment and treatment of eating disorders and addiction from a cross-cultural perspective.

Cortney completed her pre-doctoral Clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She immediately started a faculty position in the Department of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and opened a research lab focused on body image, multiculturalism, and addictions.

Helping the Public

Although Cortney received tenure at UNLV in 2012, she formally retired from academia in 2014 to pursue a career that would allow her to bring solid psychological information to the public and spend more time with her family. In addition to continuing her research and clinical work, Cortney wanted to help people help themselves on a broader, more accessible way.

In 2014, Cortney wrote the book, Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception, and gave the TEDx talk Honest Liars on self-deception. She started writing a blog for Psychology Today, began giving more keynote talks for public organizations and serving as a consultant and coach for various groups. She is currently writing her second book on love addiction and breakups. Cortney also continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Medicine.

Professional Affiliations

American Psychological Association (www.apa.org)

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (www.abct.org)

Eating Disorder Research Society (www.edresearchsociety.org)

National Eating Disorder Association (www.nationaleatingdisorders.org)

Academy for Eating Disorders (www.aedweb.org)

American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program (www.apa.org/pi/mfp/)

Phi Beta Kappa Society (National Academic Honor Society (www.pbk.org)

Phi Kappa Phi (National Academic Honor Society (www.phikappaphi.org)