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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 206

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 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. Some of Dr. Soto's research has involved the investigation of the role of dopamine D2-like receptors in learning and memory and the long-term effects of early-life exposure to ADHD stimulant medications and antipsychotic medications, both of which are frequently prescribed in children. Dr. Soto's research has been published in many journals including high impact journals such as Neuropsychopharmacology and Psychopharmacology. Dr. Soto's work is funded by the National Institute on Aging. Additionally, Dr. Soto recently completed a four-year appointment as an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior.

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Research Sites

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

Graduate Students

Dr. Soto will be accepting doctoral students for Fall 2020! If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr. Soto at soto1@lsu.edu.