A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Dominic Lawson is a US Army Veteran who attended National American University, majoring in business administration. He found his real passion in podcasting, though, a medium he was initially drawn to as a tool to help people. Lawson gained experience by independently creating, writing, editing, hosting, and producing a variety of titles including The Startup Life, which found him interviewing the co-founder and first CEO of Netflix, among others.
Joining the Meadows Behavioral Healthcare family in 2021, Lawson serves as podcast producer, editor, and host, responsible for cultivating a diverse slate of guests ranging from mental health experts to addiction recovery professionals and MBH alumni. His work reimagining the already established Beyond Theory podcast paid off with two 2023 Communicator Awards (a silver for Best Health and Wellness Series and a gold for Best Individual Episode: “Racial Trauma Within the Black Community”). He also launched a first-of-its-kind podcast that tells an individual’s recovery story from three different perspectives. Recovery Replay went on to win two 2022 w3 Awards (gold for General Series: Health & Wellness and silver for Best General Series). A member of the Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts, Lawson has been a featured speaker at events like SXSW and at the University of Memphis.
His position at MBH may not be clinical or involve daily interaction with patients, but Lawson sees the potential to use his craft to make a difference. That’s why he takes seriously the platform he’s been given to share valuable information and resources that can change lives. “I love to hear people say that an episode resonates with them,” he admits.
Married with three children, he unwinds by playing video games, watching movies (he admits he loves Marvel and Hindi films), and tinkering around with new podcast ideas. Lawson launched a personal passion project in 2022, the Black Is America podcast, to highlight little-known African American figures and tell other overlooked stories. Immediately resonating with listeners, this latest endeavor has already nabbed a 2023 Webby Award for Best Podcast-Individual Episode, along with many other accolades.