Lara Embry, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Birmingham, AL. She is the consulting psychologist for the Transgender Youth Comprehensive Care program at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham where she is a Clinical Assistant Professor. Lara is also currently working as the Director and Co-Producer of a documentary film about lesbian families living in Alabama, called State and Union. Lara previously worked in a private practice setting as a clinical psychologist in Bradenton, Florida.
Lara went to Smith College for her BA; Columbia University, for a Masters in Philosophy; and then the University of Washington for her doctorate in Clinical Psychology. As a psychologist she has conducted research and published in the areas of resilience, sexual minority youth, family psychology, youth homelessness, and psychobiology. Her private practice has focused on issues related to adolescent development, family dynamics, anxiety, depression, as well as sexual and gender identity.
Lara has a long history of advocacy for equality for all. She was awarded the Justice Award by NCLR in 2009 for her role in the case that required Florida to recognize same sex adoptions obtained in other states. Lara’s favorite thing in life is spending time with her two daughters, who are amazing teenage humans.