Carly Leonard headshot
Assistant Professor
Behavioral/Cognitive Neuroscience

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychology 
Campus Box 173, PO Box 173364 
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
North Classroom Building
1200 Larimer Street
Room 5005 (5th floor)

Office Hours:
By appointment

Expertise Areas:
Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Visual Attention, Working Memory, Schizophrenia

Ph.D., Psychological & Brain Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 2008
B.A., Psychology and Economics, Rutgers University, 2002

Dr. Leonard is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, with an interest in understanding how perceptual and cognitive mechanisms interact to create subjective experience and influence behavior. Specifically, her laboratory employs psychophysics, EEG/ERP, and eye-tracking methodologies to investigate how current goals and previous experiences modulate visual perception and behavior. This work includes basic research on typical adults, as well as studies that aim to uncover the specific mechanisms that vary in atypical populations. In particular, she has investigated visual attention and working memory in people with schizophrenia.

Prior to her arrival at the University of Colorado, Dr. Leonard conducted research at the University of California, Davis with Dr. Steve Luck and collaborated extensively with Dr. Jim Gold at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She received her PhD from Johns Hopkins in 2008, working with Dr. Howard Egeth in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. She completed her undergraduate work at Rutgers University in 2002, receiving BAs in Psychology and Economics, with a minor in Cognitive Science.

Leonard, C. J., Balestreri, A., & Luck, S. J. (2015). Interactions between space-based and feature-based attention. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 41(1), 11-16.

Gray, B. E., Hahn, B., Robinson, B., Harvey, A., Leonard, C. J., Luck, S. J., & Gold, J. M. (2014). Relationships between divided attention and working memory impairment in people with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 40(6), 1462-1471.

Leonard, C. J., Robinson, B. M., Kaiser, S. T., Hahn, B., McClenon, C., Gold, J. M., & Luck, S. J. (2013). Testing sensory and cognitive explanations of the antisaccade deficit in schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122(4), 1111-1120.

Leonard, C. J., Lopez-Calderon, J., Kreither, J., & Luck, S. J. (2013). Rapid feature-driven changes in the attentional window. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(7), 1100-1110.

Leonard, C. J., Kaiser, S. T., Robinson, B. M., Kappenman, E. S., Hahn, B., Gold, J. M., & Luck, S. J. (2013). Toward the neural mechanisms of reduced working memory capacity in schizophrenia. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 1582-1592.

Leonard, C. J., & Egeth, H. E. (2008). Attentional guidance in singleton search: An examination of top-down, bottom-up, and intertrial factors. Visual Cognition, 16(8), 1078-1091.

PSYC 4164 Psychology of Perception
PSYC 4511 History of Psychology