Laura C. McAuliffe

Laura C. McAuliffe

Laura C. McAuliffe

Graduate Lecturer

Hippocampal development and NMDA receptors

Laura McAuliffe is a Ph.D. student in the Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience program at George Mason University. She works in the lab of Dr. Theodore Dumas to study the effects of the NMDA receptor on learning and memory. 

Laura graduated with honors from Christopher Newport University in 2021. While at the institution, her research consisted of examining anxiety in ASD, assessing executive functioning skills in dyslexia, and evaluating teacher efficacy. She also worked for the University of Virginia Center for Diabetes Technology to aid in the improvement of managing and monitoring diabetes in Type 1 patients. She is currently interested in studying the GluN2B-A shift associated with the acquisition of spatial learning and memory abilities through modified receptor domains, as well as the molecular mechanisms of ketamine as a potential treatment for major depressive disorder and its effects on synaptic connectivity and long-term potentiation. 

Courses Taught

PSYC100: Introduction to Psychology
PSYC304: Principles of Learning Laboratory
PSYC317: Cognitive Psychology
PSYC373: Biopsychology Laboratory


George Mason University - Doctoral student in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience

Christopher Newport University - Bachelor of Science in Psychology