Effects in Impulsivity: Why the Outcome Type Matters

Event Date: 
17.03.2017 - 18:00
Londýnská 41, Auditorium

Steven R. Lawyer, Ph.D – Professor, Clinical Psychology – Director of Clinical Training

Dr. Lawyer's research interests include laboratory models of decision-making, with a particular focus on the delay and probability discounting tasks. Within this paradigm, Dr. Lawyer studies methodological aspects of delay discounting, such as the impact of domain-specific patterns of impulsive choice, and developing strategies to better model specific patterns of impulsive choice, such as that associated with sexual risk-taking. Although he is primarily focused on decision-making, he remains interested in trauma and anxiety-related phenomena.

Dr. Lawyer's clinical interests include cognitive-behavioral and other empirically-supported approaches to reducing anxiety-related and depressive symptoms, and brief psychotherapy.



1995 – B.A. Western Michigan University

1999 – M.S. Auburn University

2001-2002 – Pre-Doctoral Clinical Resident

2002 – Ph.D. University of Mississippi Medical Center, Auburn University

2002-2004 Postdoctoral Fellow National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina


Erin B. Rasmussen, Ph.D. – Professor, Experimental Psychology

Dr. Rasmussen's research interests are broadly in the area of behavioral economics and behavioral pharmacology. Specifically, she has two laboratories (animal and human) that are dedicated to examining behavioral economic and neural correlates of behaviors and decision-making involved in obesity. Her animal work is centered around how dopaminergic, endocannainoid, and opioid neurotransmitter systems affect the value of food reinforcement in diet-induced and genetic rodent models of obesity. Her human work focuses on behavioral economic factors that influence food-based decision-making related to obesity. She recently was awarded a three-year research grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the relations among food insecurity, obesity, and food impulsivity.



1994 – B.S. Utah State University

1999 – M.S. Auburn University

2001 – Ph.D. Auburn University

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