Laura E. Dreer, PhD

Dreer-LauraAssistant Professor

Dept. of Ophthalmology

Contact Information:

Office Address: EFH 609
Phone: 205-325-8681
E-mail: dreer@uab.edu
Websites: Dept. of Ophthalmology Faculty Page

School of Medicine Faculty Profile

Education:

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 
BS, Psychology, 1995

University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT 
MA, Clinical Psychology, 1997

Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 
PhD, Clinical Psychology, 2001

Post-Graduate Training:

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuropsychology, 2002-3

University of Alabama at Birmingham 
Postdoctoral Fellow, Medical Rehabilitation, 2003-6

Research Interests:

  • Medical Rehabilitation Psychology - Adjustment to Chronic Disease and Disability
  • Neuropsychology – Evaluating Competency Issues in Medical Populations
  • Social Problem-Solving Assessment and Interventions and Chronic Disease
  • Minimization of Injury and Risk for Negative Health and Rehabilitation Outcomes

Research Description:

Dr. Dreer’s areas of clinical-research concentration are two fold: examining the role of problem-solving strategies and health-behavioral interventions in the adjustment process to serious chronic medical conditions and evaluating impairment and recovery of competency (i.e., medical decision making, finances) in chronic health conditions.  Her clinical-research focuses on diabetes, spinal cord injury, chronic pain, brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, stroke, congestive hear failure, Alzheimer’s disease, and vision impairments. 

Publications

DRC Membership Category:

Scientist