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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
September 23, 2017
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Laurie Manwell

CAS Instructor, Faculty of Science, Departments of Psychology and Health Sciences

Contact Information
Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3285

Office Location: BA303F
Office Hours: By Appointment
Academic Background

BSc (Honours), Biology & Psychology, University of Waterloo
MSc, Biology, University of Waterloo
BEd, Science Education, Wilfrid Laurier University
PhD, Psychology & Toxicology, University of Guelph
Postdoctoral Fellow, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), University of Toronto
Postdoctoral Fellow, Schulich School of Medicine, University of Western

I have a PhD in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) & Toxicology from the University of Guelph on the role of the endocannabinoid system in the neurobiology of learning and memory in an animal model of drug dependence. My research and academic scholarships include awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). I studied abroad at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York and the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Florida. I have research published in cellular, molecular, and comparative biology, psychopharmacology, cognitive psychology, social/personality psychology, and political psychology. As a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Social Aetiology of Mental Illness Training Program at CAMH, I conducted research on the social factors that contribute to mental illness and addiction and on the associative stigma of mental illness.

Additional Information

Research Areas:

Cell to Society

My research experience spans the natural and social sciences, including learning and behaviour, cellular and molecular biology, comparative neuroanatomy and physiology, and several areas of psychology including clinical, social, cognitive, and political psychology. Accordingly, I have focused on developing two related areas of research: 1) the effects of drugs of abuse (opiates, cannabis, Salvia) and stress on neurophysiology and behaviour in animal models of drug addiction and mental illness (anxiety, depression, schizophrenia); and 2) how various psychological constructs can be used to understand the social determinants of mental health and illness, associative stigma, public persuasion, social policy, and development of a transdomain (physical, mental, social) model of health.

Research Publications




Teaching Areas:

Wilfrid Laurier University

  • HN320: Human Physiology II: Control & Integration (W16, W17)
  • HE440I: Health & Human Rights (F16)
  • HE201: Research Methods for Health Sciences (F16)
  • PS463B: Seminar in Biopsychology (W17)
  • PS330J: Psychopharmacology (F15)
  • SK211: Human Behaviour & Environments (F15)
  • BI110: Unifying Life Processes (F15, F16)
  • PS363: Research in Biopsychology (W12, W15)
  • PS262: Sensation and Perception (F12, W13)
  • PS390C: History & Philosophy of Psychology (W12)
  • PS261: Introduction to Learning (W12)

University of Waterloo:

  • PSYCH397 Research Methods in Personality & Clinical Psychology (F11, F12)

St Jerome`s University:

  • PSYCH230: Psychology & Law (S13)

University of Guelph:

  • ASCI4020: Interdisciplinary Research: Dialogues on Philosophy & Practice (W11, W12, W13)
  • ASCI1000: Science & Society (F11)

Course Outlines