Arlington, Virginia Dr. Stacy Lopresti-Goodman, an associate professor of psychology at Marymount University, was honored for her ethical approach to research during the Society for Neuroscience Conference in San Diego.
Lopresti-Goodman received the Hero in Cognitive and Sentience Science and Education Award from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine and the Green Neuroscience Laboratory on Nov. 14. Her work includes observational research of primate behavior in sanctuary settings, which has helped advance understanding of cognition and sentience in nonhuman animals. She has also conducted research on alternatives to the use of animals in psychology education, including alternative classroom approaches when teaching human and nonhuman primate psychology.
Green and open neuroscience aims to help improve understanding of the brain and health through research and perspectives that strengthen ethics, the environment, education, arts and protection of neurodiversity. Lopresti-Goodman and other award recipients gave short talks about their work at the conference. Founded in 1985, the Physicians Committee is a nonprofit organization that encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in education and research.
Lopresti-Goodman has been a faculty member at Marymount since 2009. In addition to teaching undergraduate psychology classes, she serves as MUs honors program director. She has led several student trips abroad to study primates sanctuaries in Kenya and Spain.