PhD Students

Laura C McAuliffe

Laura C McAuliffe

Laura C McAuliffe

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 NMDA receptor subunits 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 autism spectrum disorder, assessing cognitive flexibility and executive functioning skills in individuals with word reading difficulties and dyslexia, and evaluating teacher efficacy and effectiveness. 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 switch associated with spacial learning and memory through modified carboxy-terminal domains in transgenic mice. 

Courses Taught

PSYC 100


George Mason University - Doctoral student in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience


Christopher Newport University - Bachelor of Science in Psychology