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


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. 


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