Department of Psychology

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Jeff Laurent , Ph.D.

135 Waggoner Hall
Work: 309/298-2654
Fax: 309/298-2179


Additional Information


Dr. Laurent earned his B.A. in Psychology from Marquette University, his M.S. in Educational Psychology (School Psychology) from the University of Oregon, and his Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (School Psychology) from the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation was titled, “Differentiating Anxiety and Depression in School-Age Children: A Test of the Cognitive Specificity Hypothesis.”

Teaching Areas:

Undergraduate courses that Dr. Laurent generally teaches are Psychology of Exceptional Children (PSY 425), History and Systems of Psychology (PSY 430), and Psychological Tests and Measurements (PSY 454). Graduate courses most often taught by Dr. Laurent are Individual Psychological Evaluation: Intellectual Assessment (PSY 581), and Practicum II: Academic Assessment & Intervention (PSY 542).

Research Interests:

Dr. Laurent’s research focuses on anxiety and depression in youth. He has developed two measures with colleagues, the Positive and Negative Affect Scale for Children and the Physiological Hyperarousal Scale for Children that have been used by researchers around the world. Other research interests include issues related to adolescent alcohol use.

Recent Scholarly Activities:


Stevanovic, D., Laurent, J., & Lakic, A. (2012, September 11). Measuring positive affect, negative affect and physiological hyperarousal among Serbian youth. Journal of Personality Assessment. Advance online publication.


  Laurent, J., Harbke, C.R., Blake, D., & Catanzaro, S.J. (2012). Differences in drinking expectancies and motives for general and special education high school students with emotional/behavioral disorders. Journal of Drug Education, 42, 13-32.


  Laurent, J., Joiner, T.E., Jr., & Catanzaro, S.J. (2011). Positive affect, negative affect and physiological hyperarousal among referred and non-referred youth. Psychological Assessment, 23, 945-957.