Laura C. McAuliffe

Laura C. McAuliffe

Laura C. McAuliffe

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Synaptic plasticity, glutamatergic systems, molecular neuropharmacology, in vitro electrophysiology

Laura McAuliffe is a third year Ph.D. student in the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience program. She works in the lab of Dr. Theodore Dumas to study the effects of the NMDA receptor on learning and memory. She is currently researching the roles of individual GluN2 subunit domains on the induction of synaptic long-term depression through in vitro electrophysiology.

Laura graduated with honors from Christopher Newport University in 2021. While at the institution, her research consisted of studies in autism spectrum disorder, executive functioning and cognitive flexibility, and dyslexia. She also worked for the University of Virginia Center for Diabetes Technology to assist in type 1 diabetes clinical trials.

Courses Taught

PSYC100: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC304: Principles of Learning Laboratory
PSYC317: Cognitive Psychology
PSYC372: Biopsychology
PSYC373: Biopsychology Laboratory
PSYC376: Brain and Behavior

Education

George Mason University, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Ph.D. Student
Christopher Newport University, B.S. in Psychology (2018-2021)

Recent Presentations

McAuliffe, L. C., & Cartwright, K. B. (2021, April). Executive function and word reading difficulties in university students. Poster presented at the 19th annual Paideia Conference for Student Research, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.

McAuliffe, L. C., & Pressley, T. (2021, April). Teacher efficacy in dealing with students with autism experiencing stress in the classroom. Poster presented at the 19th annual Paideia Conference for Student Research, Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA.