Dr. Lauer is a neuroscientist who joined the faculty of LMU in a Visiting role in 2017. Her previous research focused on the neurobiology of alcohol and nicotine use. More recently, her research interests have shifted to pedagogy, as she pursues continued growth in her passion as an educator. At LMU, she teaches courses in Statistical Methods for Psychology, General Psychology, and Social Psychology.
Dr. Lauer earned her B.A. in Biology at DePauw University (IN) and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Indiana University. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis (IUPUI), she joined the Psychology Department at Franklin College (IN) as an Assistant Professor in 2011. Over the next six years, she gained extensive experience in teaching and pedagogy research, mentored over 25 undergraduate research projects, and served the college through various assessment and curriculum committees. She was awarded promotion and tenure at Franklin College in 2017, shortly before relocating to the Los Angeles area.
Indiana University: PhD, Neuroscience 2009
DePauw University: BA, Biology 2002
- Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP)
Statistical Methods for Psychology
Hauser, S.R., *Bracken, A.L., Deehan, J.G., Toalston, J.E., Ding, Z.-M., Truitt, W., Bell, R.L., McBride, W.J., & Rodd, Z.A. (2014). Selective breeding for high alcohol preference increases the sensitivity of the posterior VTA to the reinforcing effects of nicotine. Addiction Biology, 19, 800-11. doi: 10.1111/adb.12048
Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior
*Bracken, A.L., Chambers, R.A., Berg, S.A., Rodd, Z.A., & McBride, W.J. (2011) Nicotine exposure during adolescence enhances behavioral sensitivity to nicotine during adulthood in Wistar rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior, 99, 87-93. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2011.04.008