Universtity of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr. Laura Dreer is a tenured, Associate Professor in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and also holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Psychology. She is a licensed clinical medical rehabilitation and neuropsychologist, scientist practitioner by training, with extensive expertise in developing, evaluating, delivering, and assessing the impact of medical psychological rehabilitation interventions, neuropsychological assessments, health behaviors, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) based health promotion programs, health disparities, and capacity-related issues. She is the Director of the UAB Psychological & Neuropsychological Clinical Research Services that focuses on both clinical and research efforts across disabilities and age groups. Dr. Dreer has secured extramural funding through 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), Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB), the Brain Tumor Network (BTN), the Wise Up! Concussion Initiative of the Al and Sharyne Wallace Foundation, EyeSight Foundation of Alabama (ESFA), and the International Retinal Research Foundation (IRRF). Dr. Dreer is well recognized for her national reputation in medical rehabilitation, traumatic brain injury, and low vision rehabilitation related research as she is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (TBIMS) Centers via NIDILRR, a former Editorial Board member for Rehabilitation Psychology, Co-Chair of the Alabama Return-to-Learn Concussion Task Force, and a Member of the Alabama Statewide Concussion Task Force. She is heavily involved as a PI and Co-Investigator on several studies examining the impact of health promoting interventions on health outcomes among people with disabilities and is PI on the UAB Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems (UAB TBIMS) Center grant site project.