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Department of Psychology

L.E.a.R.N. Lab

Welcome to the L.E.a.R.N. Lab!  We study [L]earning [E]xceptionalities [a]nd [R]elated [N]europsychology (L.E.a.R.N.). Our work focuses on identifying cognitive, genetic, and environmental risk factors for learning and attentional challenges in children.  We take a cross-disciplinary approach to our research questions, integrating perspectives and methods from neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, child clinical psychology, behavior genetics, and special education.  The goal of our work is to develop a deeper understanding of learning that spans multiple levels of analysis (genetics, environment, brain, cognition, behavior) in order to improve early identification and intervention for children.

The L.E.a.R.N. Lab is directed by Lauren McGrath, Ph.D. in the Department of Psychology at the University of Denver.


The L.E.a.R.N. lab is committed to promoting educational equity for all students from K-12 to higher education. We value the ways that individuals' diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences contribute to this work. We are committed to taking active steps to foster an inclusive environment by proactively identifying and dismantling practices that result in the perpetuation of privilege and inequities. As researchers who study learning, we appreciate different approaches and skills for tackling research questions and we embrace the ways that neurodiversity can enrich our approach to problem-solving. If you are passionate about the science of learning, you belong here.

Our particular focus is on supporting children who struggle with learning in a specific academic domain. We believe that creating and nurturing an inclusive community is essential for generating and disseminating the best science. We intentionally engage in collaborative dialogue with a broad range of stakeholders, including students, parents, educators, practitioners, and policy-makers. We value actively listening to the community to shape research questions and respond to current needs. We approach these partnerships in a spirit of collaboration, recognizing the need for our work to evolve and adapt in order to advance our shared goal of promoting educational equity for students with learning differences.