Lori E. James, Ph.D.

Lori James, Ph.D.

Lori E. James, Ph.D.

COLU 4045
Thursday: 1:45pm-2:45pm
& By Appointment

Professional Summary

Dr. James came to UCCS in 2001 from a post-doctoral position at the University of California, Los Angeles. She earned her Ph.D. and M.A. in Cognitive Psychology from the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, CA. Dr. James' main research areas are memory, language, and age-related changes in these abilities. She primarily teaches courses in cognitive psychology and research methodology, and served as the department’s Director of Undergraduate Training from 2011-2019.


  • Post-Doctoral, Cognition and Aging Lab, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997 - 2001
  • Ph.D. Cognitive Psychology, Claremont Graduate School, 1997
  • M.A. Cognitive Psychology, Claremont Graduate School, 1994
  • B.A. Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1991

Areas of Interest

Cognitive psychology, language, memory, and cognitive aging


  • PSY 1100 - The Profession of Psychology
  • PSY 2110 - Introduction to Psychological Research and Measurement
  • PSY 3130 - Learning and Cognition
  • PSY 4130 - Seminar in Learning and Cognition
  • PSY 5210 - Psychology of Aging I
  • PSY 6110 - Cognition

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Teaching Award for the UCCS Campus, 2019
  • Outstanding Research Award for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 2014
  • Outstanding Teaching Award for the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, 2011


  • American Psychological Association (Division 20)
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Psychonomic Society

Representative Publications (* represents student collaborators)

  • *Castro, N., & James, L.E. (2014). Differences between young and older adults' speech in descriptions of negative versus neutral pictures. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 21, 222-238.
  • *Oberle, S., & James, L.E. (2013). Semantically- and phonologically-related primes improve name retrieval in young and older adults. Language and Cognitive Processes, 28, 1378-1393.
  • James, L.E., *Tauber, S.K., *McMahan, E.A., *Oberle, S., *Martinez, A., & *Fogler, K.A. (2012). Searching for interference effects in learning new face-name associations. Memory, 20, 155-166.

Representative & Recent Service/Leadership Roles

UCCS Psychology Department Director of Undergraduate Training, 2011-2019