CSULA Faculty: Alicia Izquierdo Edler

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Alicia Izquierdo-Edler

College of Natural and Social Sciences
Department of Psychology

Office: King Hall A3038
Phone: 343-323-2264
E-mail: aizquie@calstatela.edu


One of my main professional goals is to encourage women and ethnic minorities to pursue research careers in behavioral neuroscience. To this end, I try to expose my students to the many career options within Psychology and also try to infuse a passion for the puzzle-solving nature of research in my teaching and mentoring.



Because of my research background in cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, I particularly enjoy teaching Physiological Psychology, Experimental Research Methods, as well as graduate seminars in Neuropsychology, Neuropharmacology, and Advanced Experimental Design. In order to better involve students in research I try to stimulate critical thinking and encourage the development of unique research questions in their area of interest.



In addressing my research questions I favor the use of an animal model. My main interests include: Uncovering the neural mechanisms important for flexible cognition and behavior, exploring the factors contributing to reward-related decision-making, and studying the neuropharmacology of executive function. It is my hope that all such research can contribute to a better understanding (and treatment) of diseases such as OCD, PTSD, addiction/relapse, and Impulse Control Disorder.


Title Date
Wellman CL, Izquierdo A, Garrett JE, Martin KP, Carroll J, Millstein R, Lesch KP, Murphy DL, and Holmes A (2007) Impaired stress-coping and fear extinction and abnormal corticolimbic morphology in serotonin transporter knock-out mice. The Journal of Neuroscience 27: 684-691. 2007
Izquierdo A and Murray EA (2007). Selective bilateral amygdala lesions in rhesus monkeys fail to disrupt object reversal learning. The Journal of Neuroscience 27: 1054-1062. 2007
Izquierdo A, Wellman CL, Holmes A (2006). Stress causes rapid dendritic retraction in infralimbic cortex and impairs fear extinction in mice. The Journal of Neuroscience 26: 5733-5738. 2006
Izquierdo A, Wiedholz LM, Millstein RA, Yang RJ, Bussey TJ, Saksida LM, and Holmes A (2006). Genetic and dopaminergic modulation of reversal learning in a touchscreen-based operant procedure for mice. Behavioural Brain Research 171: 181-188. 2006
Izquierdo A and Murray EA (2005). Opposing effects of amygdala and orbital prefrontal cortex lesions on the extinction of instrumental responding in macaque monkeys. European Journal of Neuroscience 22: 2341-2346. 2005
Izquierdo A, Suda RK, and Murray EA (2005). Comparison of the effects of bilateral orbital prefrontal cortex lesions and amygdala lesions on emotional responses in rhesus monkeys. The Journal of Neuroscience 25: 8534-8542. 2005
Izquierdo A, Suda RK, and Murray EA (2004). Bilateral orbital prefrontal cortex lesions in rhesus monkeys disrupt choices guided by both reward value and reward contingency. The Journal of Neuroscience 24: 7540 – 7548. 2004
Izquierdo A and Murray EA (2004). Combined unilateral lesions of the amygdala and orbital prefrontal cortex impair affective processing in rhesus monkeys. Journal of Neurophysiology. 91: 2023-2039. 2004
Baxter MG, Parker A, Lindner CCC, Izquierdo AD, Murray EA (2000). Control of response selection by reinforcer value requires interaction of amygdala and orbital prefrontal cortex. The Journal of Neuroscience. 20(11): 4311-4319. 2000
Boothe RG, Louden T, Aiyer A, Izquierdo A, Drews C, Lambert SR (2000). Visual outcome after contact lens and intraocular lens correction of neonatal monocular aphakia in monkeys. Investigative Opthamology & Visual Science. 41:110-119. 2000



Ph.D. Cognitive Neuropsychology 2003

  • The George Washington University
    in partnership with
  • The National Institutes of Health
    Washington D.C. and Bethesda, MD

B.S. Biology and Psychology 1996

  • Emory University
    Atlanta, GA