Amy Lauer, PhD

Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience

Amy Lauer is a neuroscientist who joined the MCU faculty in 2018. Her previous research focused on the neurobiology of alcohol and nicotine use, particularly during adolescence. Pursuing her passion for teaching, she joined the psychology department at Franklin College, a small liberal arts college near Indianapolis. After six years of teaching a variety of psychology courses and mentoring over 25 undergraduate research projects, Lauer was awarded tenure and promotion to associate professor in 2017, shortly before relocating to Los Angeles. Her courses at Marymount include physiological psychology, learning theory and cognitive processes, and she also serves as the faculty mentor for Cor Mariae, MCU’s psychology academic society. Outside the classroom, Lauer enjoys cycling and running, science podcasts, craft beer, and cheering for her hometown Indiana Pacers and Indianapolis Colts. She lives with her husband and their dog in Redondo Beach.


PhD, Neuroscience, Indiana University (2009)
BA, Biology, DePauw University (2002)