Laurel Pritchard conducts research in the areas of behavioral neuroscience and psychopharmacology. Specifically, her research uses rodent models of child neglect to investigate the effects of adverse early life experience on vulnerability to substance abuse. She also has ongoing interests in the neural bases of individual differences in reactivity to novel stimuli and stimulant drugs, and hormonal influences on behavioral responses to stimulants. She teaches courses in physiological psychology and psychopharmacology and is seeking graduate students interested in helping to develop new laboratory modules for these courses. Dr. Pritchard's 2004 Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of Cincinnati investigated the role of the D3 dopamine receptor in rodent behavioral responses to novelty and psychostimulants.


Post-doctoral Fellowship. Williams College, Williamstown, MA. August, 2004 – June,

Ph.D., Neuroscience. University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH. 2004.
Advisor: Neil M. Richtand, M.D., Ph.D.

B.S., Biology. Summa Cum Laude. University of Findlay, Findlay, OH. 1998.

Dissertation: The Role of the D3 Dopamine Receptor in Rodent Behavioral Responses to Novelty and Psychostimulants.

Postdoctoral: Role of the neurosteroid hormone allopregnanolone in behavioral sensitization to amphetamine; Effects of early social isolation on behavioral sensitization to amphetamine



Society for Neuroscience

International Brain Research Organization

Association for Psychological Science



Poster judge for UNLV Psi Chi Research Conference, 2009

UNLV Experimental Psychology Graduate Program Steering Committee, 2009-present

UNLV College of Liberal Arts Academic Standards Committee, elected spring, 2009

UNLV Animal Facility Advisory Committee, 2008-present

Poster judge for UNLV Graduate and Professional Student Research Forum, 2008-2009

UNLV Experimental Psychology Graduate Program Developmental Psychology
Emphasis Committee, 2008-present

UNLV Experimental Psychology Graduate Program Admissions and Recruitment
Committee, 2007-2009

UNLV Experimental Psychology Graduate Program Neuroscience Emphasis Committee,

UNLV Psychology Undergraduate Program Committee, 2007-present

Faculty liaison for Brain Awareness Week at Williamstown Elementary School, Williams
College, 2006

Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education Editor’ s Choice Award: Outstanding
Neuroscience Laboratory Article, 2009

Foundation for Recovery Award for Excellence in Addiction Research and Education,

UNLV College of Liberal Arts Summer Stipend Award, 2008.

Scottish Rite Schizophrenia Research Fellowship, University of Cincinnati, 2002-2004.

Graduate Student Governance Association Travel Award, University of Cincinnati, 2001.

NIH Institutional Training Grant in Neuroscience, University of Cincinnati, 1999-2000.