Lauren Vega O’Neil
Brain Development Lab, University of Oregon
M.S. University of Oregon (Psychology)
M.Ed. University of Notre Dame (Education)
B.S. Saint Mary’s College (Biology)
Office: LISB 117
I am interested in the relationship between intervention strategies and academic achievement, specifically literacy skills, word learning and language acquisition of monolingual and bilingual learners. My research goals involve investigating interventions and memory & learning strategies that will even the vocabulary playing field for all students, leading to academic success.
Additional research interests include educators’ impressions & values of neuroscience, as well as neuroeducation curriculum development and implementation in professional teacher-preparation programs.
|PSY 407 NeuroEducation, Fall 2016|
|PSY 383 Psychoactive Drugs, Summer 2013|
|PSY 303 Research Methods, Winter 2016|
|Scientific Writing, Spring 2015, Winter 2015, Fall 2014|
|PSY 303 Research Methods, Fall 2016|
|PSY 449 Human Neuropsychology, Winter 2014|
|PSY 410 Neuroscience & Inequality, Fall 2013|
|PSY 201 Mind & Brain, Spring 2013|
|PSY 383 Psychoactive Drugs, Winter 2013|
|PSY 383 Psychoactive Drugs, Fall 2012|
|Homeroom Teacher – 3rd grade (2010 – 2012) All Saints School, Portland, OR|
|Homeroom Teacher – 8th grade (2009 – 2010) Cascade Heights Charter School, Milwaukie, OR.|
|Foreign Language Teacher – 3rd grade (2007-2008) Saint George’s College, Santiago, Chile.|
|Homeroom Teacher – 3rd grade (2006-2007) The European School, Heredia, Costa Rica.|
|Homeroom Teacher – 1st & 2nd grades (2004 – 2006) St. Maria Goretti, Long Beach, CA.|
|Homeroom Teacher – 3rd grade (2002-2004) Mother of Sorrows, Los Angeles, CA.|
O’Neil, L.V., Pakulak, E., Bell, T.A., Fanning, J., Gaston, M., Gomsrud, M., Hampton Wray, A., Klein, S.R., Longoria, Z., Reynolds, M.M., Soto, A., Stevens, C., and Neville, H.J. (Under review). Creating connections between researchers and educators: The intersection of cognitive development and education. Journal of Cognition and Development.
Pakulak, E, Gomsrud, M., Reynolds, M.M., Bell, T.A., Giuliano, R., Karns, C., Klein, S.R., Longoria, Z., O’Neil, L.V., Santillan, J., and Neville, H. (2017). Focusing on Families: A Two-Generation Model for Reducing Parents’ Stress and Boosting Preschoolers’ Self-Regulation and Attention. Young Children, 72 (2)
Ganser, L.R., Hopkins, W.A., O’Neil, L., Hasse, S., Roe, J.H., & Sever, D.M. Liver histopathology of the southern watersnake, nerodia fasciata fasciata, following chronic exposure to trace element-contaminated prey from a coal ash disposal site. Journal of Herpetology, 37, 219-226.
International Mind, Brain & Education Society (IMBES) Conference. Panel Chair for symposium entitled “Creating connections between researchers and educators: The intersection of cognitive neuroscience and education” in conjunction with Eric Pakulak, Courtney Stevens, and Mary Margaret Reynolds
Association for Research in Neuroeducation (ARN) Conference. Poster entitled “Topics and Teaching Strategies in NeuroEducation Courses.”
César E. Chávez Leadership Conference. Presentation entitled “Believing, Acting, and Persevering: Historias de Educacion y Progreso” in conjunction with Angel Dorantes and Misael Flores.
Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) Conference. Roundtable presentation entitled ” Neuroscience Partnering with Education in the Name of Equity.”
Raza Unida Youth Conference (RUYC) Presentation entitled “Believing, Acting, and Persevering: Historias de Educacion y Progreso” in conjunction with Angel Dorantes and Misael Flores.
University of Oregon Graduate Student Research Forum. Presentation on “Preschool Educator Intervention Strategies to Promote Attention, Self-Regulation and Meta-Cognitive Awareness” in symposium entitled What’s Language Got to Do with it? Communication Across Contexts in conjunction with Rebeca Peréz, Olga Sanchez Saltveit, and Eric Garcia.
Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Conference. Paper Symposium on “Inequality and Future Directions in Research on the Neuroplasticity of Selective Attention in Children” entitled Broader Effects of a Two-Generation Intervention Targeting Attention and Self-Regulation in Families from Lower SES Backgrounds” in conjunction with Eric Pakulak, Theodore Bell, Ryan Giuliano, Melissa Gomsrud, Christina Karns, Scott Klein, Zayra Longoria, Helen Neville
The Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) National Research Conference on Early Childhood. Symposium entitled “Effects of an integrated two-generation intervention on stress physiology & brain function for self-regulation in children and parents: preliminary results” in conjunction with Eric Pakulak, Ted Bell, Ryan Giuliano, Melissa Gomsrud, Christina Karns, Scott Klein, Zayra Longoria, & Helen Neville.
International Mind, Brain & Education Society (IMBES) Conference. Poster entitled “Educator Perceptions and Resources of Neuroscience”.
International Mind, Brain & Education Society (IMBES) Conference. Panel entitled “School of the Future: a NOVA Film & Discussion” in conjunction with Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, Joanna Christodoulou, David Condon, and Phil Bertelsen.
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference: The Golden Age of Evidence-Based Policy. Paper panel entitled “Effects of an integrated two-generation intervention on stress physiology and brain function for self-regulation in children and parents: preliminary results” in conjunction with Eric Pakulak, Ted Bell, Ryan Giuliano, Melissa Gomsrud, Christina Karns, Scott Klein, Zayra Longoria, and Helen Neville.
Oregon Association of Teacher Educators (ORATE) Conference. Presentation on “Neuroeducation: The Vision of Using Neuroscience to Inform Practice” in conjunction with Dr. Ellyn Arwood, Joanne Brown, and Sharon Allen.
Scholarships and Awards
Distinguished Teaching Award
Community for an Inclusive Community (CIC) Inclusivity and Diversity Professional Development Award
Science Literacy Program travel funding
Community for Minorities in STEM conference award
Graduate Education Committee research award
Psychology Graduate Teaching Fellow, 2012-2017
Science Literacy Program Fellow: An award for teaching a self- designed -_ science course, NeuroEducation, incorporating evidence-based pedagogy
Graduate Education Committee travel award
Brain Development Lab research assistantship, 2012- 2016
|2012||Graduate School Promising Scholars award|
|2010-2012||Catholic Educator Scholarship, University of Portland (2010-2012)|
|2002-2004||AmeriCorps Education Award, The AmeriCorps National Service Program (2002-2004)|
|1998-2002||Leaders of New Indiana Scholarship, Saint Mary’s College Lilly Endowment (1998-2002)|
Running, oenology, outreach, building community, sewing, photography, and Da Bears, Da Bulls and Da Cubbies.