Dr. Cortney Warren


Dr. Warren is an expert on eating disorders, addictions, self-deception, and the practice of psychotherapy from a cross-cultural perspective.

Motivational & Keynote Speaking

Take ownership of who you are. You can start right now. You can begin doing things differently today, to know yourself more deeply and to create a better life for yourself.

Phil Zimbardo

Dr. Philip Zimbardo, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Stanford University

“Compelling. Skilled. Bold. Personable. Honest, and also Creatively Smart. These characteristics all describe Dr. Cortney Warren."


Dr. Warren's Primary Areas of Expertise

Lying & Self-deception

From seemingly small white lies to full-blown criminal confabulations, humans are master liars. Not only do we deceive others, but we lie to ourselves on a daily basis.

Eating Disorder & Body Image

We are in the midst of a health crisis. In the United States, the majority of our population is obese or overweight; most us of are dissatisfied with our physical appearance; and, we have the highest rates of diagnosed eating disorders in history.

Exaholics | Relationships

Romantic relationships offer us one of the greatest opportunities to understand ourselves. Like a great therapist, a romantic partner can reflect back a part of you.

Multicultural Competency

Race. Class. Gender. Sexual orientation. Sexual identity. Culture. Age. Weight. Oppression. White privilege. These are not ​topics that most want to ​discuss.

Getting tenure and then quitting is not the typical trajectory of a university professor. Yet, Dr. Warren did just that.

During her TEDxUNLV talk, “Honest Liars: The Psychology of Self-Deception, ”Dr. Warren describes how we lie to ourselves, the profound costs of our self-deception, and how to be more honest with ourselves. For when we are honest with ourselves, we have the opportunity to change.

Cortney Warren

Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception

Dr. Cortney S. Warren's book speaks to these questions about the human condition:

  • How can I be happier?
  • How can I have more successful relationships?
  • What is my purpose in life?
  • How can I help myself change?

At their core, most of these questions boil down to one central question:

How can I live a more fulfilling life?

Lies we Tell Ourselves

"Humans are masters of self-deception.

We don’t like to think of ourselves as liars; it hurts us too much to admit. So we lie to ourselves about that, too.

Unless we actively Choose Honesty."

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Dr. Warren has won some of the most prestigious awards in her field.

2015 Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association Minority Fellowship Program

2011 Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology

2010 Samuel M. Turner Early Career Award for Distinguished Contributions to Diversity in Clinical Psychology


Dr. Cortney S. Warren is an Associate Adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) and an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Cortney received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas A&M University in 2006 after completing her clinical internship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School.

Raised traveling the world, Cortney has a unique perspective on how culture influences eating norms, food rituals, and ideals of beauty. As such, the majority of Cortney's research explores eating pathology, addictions, self-deception, and the practice of psychotherapy from a cross-cultural perspective.

With more than 40 peer-reviewed journal articles and 7 book chapters, Cortney’s work appears in some the field's top journals, including the International Journal of Eating Disorders, Appetite, and Obesity.

Although Cortney received tenure at UNLV in 2012, she formally retired from academia in 2014 to pursue a career that would allow her more time with her family and more interaction with the general public.

Recent Articles & News

A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Karen J. Warren

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | August 27, 2020

This blog is a biographical tribute to the life and death of my mother, Dr. Karen J. Warren. An ecological feminist philosopher, Karen was diagnosed with a terminal, neurodegenerative illness in 2016.

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Unconscious Racism

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | June 8, 2020

Understanding how cultural conditioning shapes racial bias can help us change.    “We are living in a racism pandemic… The health consequences are dire. Racism is associated with a host of psychological consequences, including depression,…

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Declines in Physical Activity During COVID-19 Highlight Need for Exercise

By Dr. Cortney S. Warren, PhD, ABPP | April 27, 2020

Why movement is important while quarantined and how to get back on track.

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"Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others."

~ Fyodor Dostoyevsky