Lauren Vega O’Neil


Lauren Vega O’Neil

Doctoral Student

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


Research Interests

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.

Other Interests

Running, oenology, outreach, building community, sewing, photography, and Da Bears, Da Bulls and Da Cubbies.

Teaching Experience

Higher Education 


PSY 407 NeuroEducation, Fall 2016
PSY 383 Psychoactive Drugs, Summer 2013

Lab instructor

PSY 303 Research Methods, Winter 2016
Scientific Writing, Spring 2015, Winter 2015, Fall 2014

Teaching Assistant

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

Elementary Education

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.


Arwood, E.J, O’Neil, L.V., Brown, J., & Allen, S. (2012). Neuroeducation: The Vision of Using Neuroscience to Inform Practice. Presentation at ORATE’s 15th Annual Conference. Salem, OR.


Ganser, L.R., Hopkins, W.A., O’Neil, L., Hasse, S., Roe, J.H., & Sever, D.M. (2003). 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(1):219-226.

Scholarships and Awards

Science Literacy Program Graduate Fellow (2016)

Promising Scholars Award, University of Oregon (2012-2013)

Catholic Educator Scholarship, University of Portland (2010-2012)

AmeriCorps Education Award, The AmeriCorps National Service Program (2002-2004)

Leaders of New Indiana Scholarship, Saint Mary’s College Lilly Endowment (1998-2002)