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Dr. Laura Pawlow

Dr. Laura Pawlow is an Associate Professor of Psychology at SIUE and has also served as the URCA Coordinator since 2009. She is the 2009 recipient of the SIUE Alumni Association's Great Teacher Award, the 2004 recipient of thePsi Chi Outstanding Faculty Member Award, and a 2006 co-recipient of the Kimmel Leadership Center Advisor of the Year Award. She served as the Psychology Department's Senior Assignment coordinator between the spring of 2005 and the fall of 2009, has mentored over 75 undergraduate students in her research lab, and has co-published and presented with students.

Dr. Pawlow received her bachelor's degree in Psychology from the Universityof Dayton and her master's and doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship years were at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Pawlow currently teaches Cognitive Behavioral Therapy at the graduate level and Biological Psychology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her research interests are in the area of behavioral medicine and issues regarding the scholarship of teaching. Her work has been published in Biological Psychology, International Journal of Obesity, Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, Obesity Research, and Training and Education in Professional Psychology, and other journals in the field.


Pawlow, L. (2012). Other approaches in the treatment of night eating syndrome. In J. Lundgren, K. Allison, & A. Stunkard (eds), Night eating syndrome: definition, assessment, and treatment (pp. 266-281). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

Pawlow, L., & Pomerantz, A. (2012). A growing application: Health psychology. In A. Pomerantz (ed.), Clinical psychology 3rd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Sashidharan, T., Pawlow, L., & Pettibone, J. (2012). An examination of racial bias in the Beck Depression Inventory-II. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 18, 203-209.

Pawlow, L. & Retzlaff, W. (2012). How undergraduate researchers at SIUE have become change agents for sustainability issues. Council on Undergraduate Research Quarterly, 33, 28-32.

Haas, C., Pawlow, L., Pettibone, J., & Segrist, D. (2012). An intervention for the negative influence of media on body esteem. College Student Journal, 46, 405-418.

Pawlow, L. (2011). The What to Wear/What not to Wear Fashion Show. In T. Lara, M. Pope, & C.W. Minor (eds), Experiential activities for teaching career counseling and for facilitating career groups (Volume III). Broken Arrow, OK: NCDA.

Pawlow, L., & Pomerantz, A. (2010). A growing application: Health psychology. In A. Pomerantz (ed.), Clinical psychology 2nd edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Pawlow, L. (2010). Standardized tests and other criteria in admissions decisions: A classroom activity. Teaching of Psychology, 37, 190-192.

Segrist, D., & Pawlow, L. (2009). Whom do you know? Demonstrating networking in a careers in psychology course. Journal of Instructional Psychology, 36, 352-356.

Pawlow, L., & Pomerantz, A. (2008). A Growing Application: Health Psychology. In A. Pomerantz (ed.), Clinical Psychology. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Pawlow, L., Pomerantz, A., & Sullivan, B.F. (2007). Protecting undergraduate volunteers: Balancing confidentiality with the duty to protect and/or warn. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 1, 147-152.

Segrist, D., & Pawlow, L. (2007). The mixer: Introducing the concept of factor analysis. Teaching of Psychology, 34, 121-123.

Martin, C, O'Neil, P, & Pawlow, L. (2006). Changes in food cravings during low-calorie and very-low calorie diets. Obesity Research, 14, 115-121.

Pawlow, L., O'Neil, P., White, M., & Byrne, T.K. (2005) Findings and outcomes of psychological evaluations of gastric bypass applicants. Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases, 1, 523-529.

Pawlow, L., & Jones, G.E. (2005). The impact of abbreviated progressive muscle relaxation on salivary cortisol and salivary immunoglobulin A. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 30, 375-387.

Pawlow, L.A., Jones, G.E., & Rigby, S.M. (2004). Heartbeat perception during and between headaches in chronic migraine sufferers and normals. North American Journal of Psychology, 6, 493-497.

Pawlow, L., O'Neil, P., & Malcolm, R. (2003). Night eating syndrome: effects of brief relaxation training on stress, mood, hunger, and eating patterns. International Journal of Obesity, 27, 970-978.

Pawlow, L., & Jones, G. (2002). The impact of abbreviated progressive muscle relaxation on salivary cortisol. Biological Psychology, 60, 1-16.

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