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Dr. Paul Soto

Department of Psychology

Louisiana State University

Contact Information

Email: soto1@lsu.edu

Phone: 225.578.1477

Office: Audubon Hall 232

Paul Soto is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University. Dr. Soto completed graduate training in psychology at Emory University and postdoctoral training in behavioral pharmacology at the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Prior to accepting a position at LSU in 2017, Dr. Soto held tenure-track appointments in the School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University and at Texas Tech University. Dr. Soto’s research interests are in (1) the use of laboratory animal models of psychiatric diseases and symptoms for the evaluation of potential therapeutic approaches, (2) the use of drugs and genetically engineered animals to identify the neurobiological contributors to basic and complex behavioral processes, and (3) the investigation of short- and long-term effects of exposure to psychiatric medications. Dr. Soto also collaborates with Dr. Christopher Morrison (https://www.pbrc.edu/research-and-faculty/faculty/Morrison-Christopher-PhD.aspx) at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center using behavioral economic demand assessments to measure changes in “motivation” for protein induced by changes in dietary protein and using genetically modified mice to identify the neural substrates that mediate behavioral changes in response to variation in dietary protein. Recently, Dr. Soto has begun advocating for the use of single-case experimental designs in areas outside of behavior analysis, such as behavioral neuroscience, because of the scientific and ethical benefits provided by these designs.

Research Sites

Picture of Pennington Biomedical Research CenterDr. Soto's laboratory is in the Pennington Biomedical Research Institute.

Graduate Students

Dr. Soto will be considering applications for doctoral students for Fall 2024! If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Soto at soto1@lsu.edu.