Vice President and Associate Provost
Laura Carlson most recently served as associate dean of the Graduate School, where she focused on oversight and coordination of professional development, grants and fellowships, pedagogical preparation, career paths and ethics.
Within her discipline, Carlson’s primary research interest is spatial cognition, an area that explores how we mentally represent the places and objects around us. She has won major grants from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, and is the author of 40 refereed articles and proceedings, 17 chapters and an edited book. She serves as an associate editor of Cognitive Psychology, and is past associate editor of Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition. She is on the governing board of the Cognitive Science Society and on the editorial boards of Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition and Attention, Perception and Psychophysics. She has received two Kaneb Teaching Awards and the Edmund P. Joyce Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at Notre Dame.
Carlson earned her doctorate from the University of Illinois after earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Dartmouth College and Michigan State University, respectively.