Lawrence Genen, MD, MBA
Founder, Director of Psychiatry

Dr. Genen founded Happier Living with the goal of increasing access to mental health care and helping as many people as possible achieve their dreams.  His vision for how the delivery of mental health care can be reimagined, coupled with the group’s commitment to innovate and an approach that recognizes Happier Living’s clinicians as their first customer, has made the group a national leader in behavioral healthcare.

The primary service Happier Living offers, is a long term therapeutic relationship.  Dr. Genen defines therapy as developing and executing a plan to realize the life you imagine.  The group’s commitment to being an in network provider with major insurance networks and their embrace of telehealth, especially during the COVID-19 Pandemic, is enabling clients continued access to critical behavioral healthcare.

He is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist and Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  His training includes subspecialty child & adolescent fellowship training as a member of the University of Southern California’s (USC) Department of Psychiatry. Prior to his fellowship, Dr. Genen completed an adult psychiatry residency at the University of Hawaii and engaged in a surgical internship as a member of the Department of Surgery, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. Dr. Genen earned his medical degree (M.D.) as well as a master’s in business (M.B.A.) from the prestigious Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. Working at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston with colleagues at the Institute for Technology Assessment (ITA), Dr. Genen completed nationally-recognized award-winning healthcare and economic policy research focused on the evaluation of emerging medical technology.


Education & Training

Emory University

Dr. Genen earned his Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) from Emory University

Tufts University School of Medicine

Dr. Genen earned his Master’s Degree in Business (M.B.A.) and Medical Degree (M.D.) from the prestigious Tufts University and Tufts University School of Medicine

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Surgical Internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

University of Hawaii

Adult Psychiatry Residency at the University of Hawaii

University of Southern California

Subspecialty Child & Adolescent Fellowship Program training as a member of the University of Southern California, Department of Psychiatry

A Message from Dr. Genen

Happiness is…

“Happiness means different things to different people. I have heard it defined by Buddhist monks as well as my own father, as the absence of suffering. Perhaps happiness is commensurate with health – physical, spiritual, financial health. Or maybe happiness is best defined as success – where successful relationships are paramount to career or financial success, for while both are critical, without the former, the latter inevitably ring hollow and empty. Perhaps happiness is simply a peaceful, restful night of sleep, a day with less conflict, a more intimate closeness to your partner, a lunchtime without bullying, a work or school task unimpaired by distractions, a peaceful feeling of satisfaction and appreciation for what you have and who you already are. No matter how you define happiness, I believe our most basic drive – is to seek it. I am very passionate about the work I do with clients and their families and define my professional success in relative terms to how effective we are at helping you be more successful, more satisfied, healthier and happier. I look forward to working with you.”