Lauren Highfill

Professor of Psychology & Animal Studies

Robert A. Staub Distinguished Teacher Award, 2015

Continuing Education Center (CEC) 244


  • B.A. Psychology, Meredith College
  • M.A., Experimental Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi
  • Ph.D., Experimental Psychology, University of Southern Mississippi

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 Introduction to Psychology, Biopsychology, Animal Cognition, Statistics, and Practicum in Animal Studies. Lauren’s research interests include animal personality, comparative cognition, and conservation psychology. Her studies include a variety of animal species, such as elephants, orangutans, and dogs. She especially enjoys talking with students about their own interests in animal cognition research. You can find out more information about her research involving students on her lab webpage.

Lauren Highfill