Lauren Highfill

Professor of Psychology & Animal Studies

Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award, 2015

Continuing Education Center (CEC) 244


  • B.A. Psychology, Meredith College, 2002
  • M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi, 2006
  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi, 2008
Lauren Highfill

Lauren Highfill joined the faculty at Eckerd in 2008. She led the creation and approval of the Animal Studies major in 2018. The courses she teaches include Biopsychology, Comparative Psychology, Statistics, and Practicum in Animal Studies. Lauren’s research interests include animal personality, animal cognition, and conservation psychology. Her studies include a variety of animal species, such as dolphins, elephants, lemurs, and dogs. She especially enjoys talking with students about their own interests in animal behavior. You can find out more information about her research involving students on her lab webpage. When she is not teaching or researching, she enjoys spending time with her family and their three dogs.