Laurie McCormick, MD


Contact Information

Office: W267 General Hospital
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-384-7136



BS, Biology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
MD, Medicine, American University of the Caribbean, Montserrat, British West Indies
MS, Medicine, American University of the Caribbean, Montserrat, British West Indies

Residency, Family Medicine-Psychiatry, University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tusla, OK
Fellowship, Neuroimaging, Cognitive Neuroscience, and Clinical Neurobiology, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Research Summary

Currently, I have funding to study the pathophysiology of anorexia nervosa (AN), which includes structural magnetic resonance imaging techniques and neuropsychological assessments of brain and behavioral changes due to starvation and recovery. AN is the deadliest psychiatric disorder and only about 50% over fully recover from this illness. The pathophysiology of this disorder is still not well known at any level. Starvation induced changes in the brain and the behavioral consequences that occur in AN may be better understood by more fully understanding the connections between brain changes in function that occur with treatment. I am also assessing mirror neuron function with electroencephalography (EEG) as biological marker of social cognition (e.g. empathy or the ability to understand another person’s thoughts, emotions, and intentions) in patients with AN. A similar method is being used to study social cognition deficits in subjects with schizophrenia as well. Additional projects include randomized placebo controlled trials of NMDA antagonist medications in patients undergoing electroconvulsive therapy for major depression.

Date Last Modified: 06/06/2016 - 13:17:48