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 has served as the department’s Director of Undergraduate Training since 2011.
Post-Doctoral, Cognition and Aging Lab, University of California, Los Angeles, 1997 - 2001
PhD, Cognitive Psychology, Claremont Graduate School, 1997
MA, Cognitive Psychology, Claremont Graduate School, 1994
BA, 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
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-Present
*The Director of Undergraduate Training leads a committee that is responsible for determining course offerings, psychology major and minor requirements, and department policies related to undergraduate education. The Director of Undergraduate Training also handles student requests for course substitutions, waivers of degree requirements, and course transfer requests, and acts as a liaison to advisors in Student Success.