Laura Herschl

Laura entered the clinical psychology training program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Fall 2008. Her research interests center on neurobiological mechanisms of addiction vulnerability. Her master’s equivalency research project involved proxying incentive-sensitization (Robinson & Berridge, 1993; 2001) using novel indices of alcohol-related liking (positive expectancy) and wanting (alcohol purchase task) and examining their relationships with dopamine receptor D2 genotype (DRD2 TaqI A polymorphism) and indices of alcohol-related risk. Her dissertation is testing reinforcement learning theory (Sutton & Barto, 1998) by examining differences in brain electrophysiology (the feedback-related negativity event-related potential) and decision-making (Iowa Gambling Task) among college students with varying degrees of alcohol use. Other projects in which Laura has been involved include a study at the Nebraska State Penitentiary examining neuropsychological predictors of treatment outcome among incarcerated methamphetamine users and Houses of Hope.

Laura received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota where she majored in psychology and minored in philosophy. At the University of Minnesota, she worked under Dr. Monica Luciana examining prefrontal white matter microstructure and neuropsychological functioning in healthy adolescents and Dr. Jonathan Gewirtz examining fear-potentiated startle during substance withdrawal in rats.

Laura will be attending the Central Texas VA: Austin for internship this Fall.


Publications

Herschl LC, McChargue DE & MacKillop, J. (2012). DRD2/ANKK1 TaqI A genotype moderates the relationship between alexithymia and the relative value of alcohol among male college binge drinkers, Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior 102, 471-476.

Herschl LC, Highland KB & McChargue DE (2012). Prenatal exposure to testosterone interacts with childhood physical abuse to predict anger rumination and executive functioning among incarcerated methamphetamine users. American Journal on Addictions 21, 363-369.

Highland KB, Herschl LC, Klanecky A & McChargue DE (in press). Biopsychosocial pathways to alcohol-related problems. American Journal on Addictions.

Herschl LC, McChargue DE, MacKillop J, Stoltenberg SF & Highland KB (in press). Implicit and explicit alcohol-related motivations among college binge drinkers.  Psychopharmacology


Presentations


Lauber, W, Herschl, LC, Klanecky, AK, Maldonado RC & McChargue, DE (2012, November). Desire to dissociate, substance use coping and alcohol-related blackouts among college students: A path analysis approach. Poster accepted for presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Herschl, L. C., Highland, K. B., & McChargue, D. E. (2011, November). Posttraumatic stress symptomology predicts comprehensive trail making test performance among incarcerated  methamphetamine users. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, ON, Canada.

 Salvi, S., Herschl, L., McChargue, D., & McNeese, R. (2010, November). A history of violent behavior moderates the relationship between impulsivity and an emotional Stroop task among incarcerated methamphetamine users. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA.

 Panuzio, J., Herschl, L. C., DiLillo, D., McChargue, D. E., & McNeese, R. (2010, November). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, emotion dysregulation, and aggressive behavior among incarcerated methamphetamine users. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA.

 Herschl, L. C., McChargue, D. E., & MacKillop, J. (2010, November). DRD2 genotype moderates the relationship between alexithymia and relative reinforcing efficacy in college male binge drinkers. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco, CA.

 Herschl, L. C., McChargue, D. E., & McNeese, R. (2010, March). Biochemical and psychosocial predictors of recidivism and relapse risk among incarcerated methamphetamine users. Poster presented at the American Psychology-Law Society, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

 Vuchetich, L. A., Cossel, T. K., Herschl, L. C., & McChargue, D. E. (2009, November). Personality and psychosocial predictors of college drinking amount and frequency. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological & Educational Research in Kansas, Emporia, KS.

 Herschl, L. C., & McChargue, D. E. (2009, November). The role of gender-specific endophenotypes in college binge drinking: An incentive-sensitization approach. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.