Dr. Laura Vernon has been appointed to the role of Associate Director of the Jupiter Life Science Initiative (JLSI). “Laura’s dedication to undergraduate research and teaching and her research expertise in assessment, interventions, and programming will greatly enhance our mission”, said Dr. Rod Murphey, Director of the JLSI. Dr. Vernon is FAU’s 2018 Distinguished Teacher of the Year and has mentored students in successful grant funding, numerous publications, presentations, and posters. As a Wilkes Honors College faculty member since 2006, Dr. Vernon is looking forward to expanding and enhancing coordination and collaboration between MacArthur campus entities.

Dr. Vernon is an Associate Professor of Psychology with a strong background in social and natural science and her discipline lies along the boundary of the two. As an example of this interdisciplinary approach, she is one of the founders of the Honors College’s Neuroscience concentration. Dr. Vernon will bring her broad perspective to JLSI, helping to identify additional programs and goals as well as promoting a range of curricular and programmatic innovations.

“This is an exciting time of growth for this campus and FAU and I am looking forward to helping us leverage the amazing expertise we have in teaching and research to advance us further”, said Vernon.

Research Interests

Dr. Vernon has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She completed her clinical internship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at Central Michigan University’s Trauma and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. Dr. Vernon’s lab broadly examines assessment, treatment, and psychopathology, including online methods of assessment and research mentorship, the development, efficacy, and implementation of psychological treatments, particularly for underserved minority populations, and emotional and cognitive factors in trauma, anxiety disorders, and mindfulness.