Laura Dreer, PhD
Research Project Investigator
Dr. Laura Dreer is a tenured, Associate Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and is a co-investigator on the UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model She is a licensed clinical medical rehabilitation and neuropsychologist, scientist practitioner by training, with extensive expertise and a national reputation in clinical-research focused on areas such as developing and evaluating the impact of behavioral health interventions on health-related outcomes across disabilities, patient and caregiver adjustment to chronic medical conditions and factors related to posttraumatic growth, health disparities, and capacity-related issues. Dr. Dreer has secured extramural funding through a variety of sources such as the National Institute on Disability and Independent Living Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), National Institutes of Health (National Eye Institute; National Institute on Child & Health Development; National Institute on Aging; National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases), Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the Brain Tumor Network (BTN), the Wise Up! Concussion Initiative of the Al and Sharyne Wallace Foundation, the Alabama Head Injury Foundation (AHIF), EyeSight Foundation of Alabama (ESFA), and the International Retinal Research Foundation (IRRF) to name a few. Dr. Dreer also serves in a variety of capacities as a committee member and editorial board member for numerous national and international organizations as well as peer-reviewed, scientific journals. Given Dr. Dreer’s national reputation and accomplishments in her program of research, she has been repeatedly invited to participate as an NIH scientific grant reviewer on several study sections focused on proposals related to behavioral health and rehabilitation and health disparities. In summary, Dr. Dreer 1) has an excellent track record of independently funded, patient-oriented research, with no gap in funding, 2) is heavily involved in team science based multidisciplinary research efforts, 3) actively involved in direct clinical services for patients and caregivers adjusting to a disability, and 3) serves as a mentor for numerous mentees at all levels of training across disciplines (e.g., undergraduate to early career faculty).