Lauren Mackenzie


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Military and Emergency Medicine
Professor of Military Cross-Cultural Competence
Location: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Military Cross-Cultural Competence, Intercultural Communication, Communication of Respect, Trouble Recovery/Relationship Repair
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Ph.D., University of Massachusetts


Dr. Lauren Mackenzie is Professor of Military Cross-Cultural Competence at Marine Corps University in Quantico, VA. She also chairs the Marine Corps University faculty council and serves as an adjunct Professor of Military/Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

Dr. Mackenzie is the 2020 civilian faculty recipient of the Marine Corps University Rose Award for Teaching Excellence. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Massachusetts and has taught intercultural and interpersonal communication courses throughout the Department of Defense over the past twelve years. Her research interests revolve around the impact of cultural differences on difficult conversations, and she has written a range of articles and book chapters devoted to such areas as: end-of-life communication, relationship repair strategies, and, most recently, the role of failure in teaching and learning. Dr. Mackenzie’s most recent publications have been featured in the Marine Corps University Journal and the Journal of Military Learning. She is also the co-author with Dr. Kerry Fosher of the Culture General Guidebook for Military Professionals and the forthcoming edited volume Best Laid Schemes: Reflecting on 15 Years of DoD Culture Programs. She lives in Fredericksburg, VA with her husband and two sons.