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Lauren Bates

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Research, Professional and Creative Activity

Ph.D. (in progress) from Colorado State University
M.S. from Colorado State University (2015)
B.A. from California State University - Long Beach (2012)
Area of research:
Human learning and memory, memory improvement techniques, educational applications of memory research (i.e., the science of learning)

Professional Profile

Professor Bates is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Psychology from Colorado State University where she also received her M.S. in 2015. Professor Bates specializes in cognitive psychology with a specific focus on human learning and memory. Her current research explores evidence-based practices for memory improvement in student study behaviors (e.g., the testing effect, elaboration). Professor Bates also worked for two years as the Assistant Coordinator for Learning Programs at The Institute for Learning and Teaching at Colorado State University, where she promoted the science of learning by offering academic skills workshops for students and faculty, coaching students who were struggling academically, and participating in campus-wide initiatives to promote academic success.

Teaching and Related Service

Courses taught:
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Cognition
  • Learning and Memory
Previously taught at:
  • Colorado State University
  • Front Range Community College
Honors and awards:
  • 2017: College of Natural Sciences Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching/Mentoring Award, Colorado State University
  • 2016: Marc V. Richard Award for Excellence in Teaching, Colorado State University
  • 2015-2017: Department of Psychology Teaching Fellowship, Colorado State University

More Information

  • Published in Frontiers in Psychology
  • Presented at international conferences including the Psychonomic Society (PS), Association for Psychological Science (APS), and American Psychological Association (APA) meetings.
  • Member of the Psychonomic Society, Association for Psychological Science, American Psychological Association, Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, Women in Cognitive Science

Office Hours:

  • Monday: 11:30AM - 12:30PM
  • Tuesday: 1:00PM - 3:30PM
  • Wednesday: 11:30AM - 12:30PM
  • Thursday: 1:00PM - 3:30PM
  • Friday: 11:30AM - 12:30PM