Department of Psychology

Steven R. Lawyer, Ph.D.

Steven R. Lawyer, Ph.D.

Professor, Clinical Psychology


B.A. (1995), Western Michigan Unversity; M.S. (1999), Auburn University, Pre-Doctoral Clinical Resident (2001-2002), University of Mississippi Medical Center; Ph.D. (2002), Auburn University; and Postdoctoral Fellow (2002-2004), National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina.

Research Interests

Dr. Lawyer's research interests include laboratory models of decision-making, with a particular focus on the delay and probability discounting tasks. Withing this paradigm, Dr. Lawyer studies methodological aspects of delay discounting, such as the impact of domain-specific patterns of impulsive choice, and developing strategies to better model specific patterns of impulsive choice, such as that associated with sexual risk-taking. Although he is primarily focused on decision-making, he remains interested in trauma and anxiety-related phenomena.

Dr. Lawyer's clinical interests include cognitive-behavioral and other empirically-supported approaches to reducing anxiety-related and depressive symptoms, and brief psychotherapy.


Recent Publications

Konecky, B. & Lawyer, S. R. (in press). Steeper delay discounting among substance-abusing and -dependent adolescents versus controls. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, xx, xx-xx.

Prause, N. & Lawyer, S. R. (2014). Specificity of reinforcement for risk behaviors of the Balloon Analogue Risk Task using math models of performance. Journal of Risk Research, 17, 317-335.

Lawyer, S. R., Baergen, R., & Kuruvilla, B. (2013). Ethical conduct of laboratory experimental research on fear and anxiety: Review and recommendations. Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry, 15, 148-159.

Lawyer, S. R. (2013). Risk-taking for sexual versus monetary outcomes using the Balloon Analogue Risk Task. The Psychological Record, 63, 1-18.

Lawyer, S. R. & Schoepflin, F. (2013). Predicting domain-specific outcomes using delay and probability discounting for sexual versus monetary outcomes. Behavioural Processes, 96, 71-78.

Lawyer, S. R., Schoepflin, F., Green, R., & Jenks, C. (2011). Discounting of hypothetical and potentially real outcomes in substance-dependent and non-dependent samples. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 19, 263-274.

Lawyer, S. R. Williams, S., Prihodova, T., Rollins, J., & Lester, A. (2010). Probability and delay discounting for hypothetical sexual outcomes. Behavioural Processes, 84, 687-692.