Dave Lavond

Professor of Psychology

Contact Information
E-mail: dlavond@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-4041
Office: SGM 1016
Office Hours: TTh : 12-1



  • B.S. Psychology, Santa Clara University, 1975
  • M.A. Experimental Psychology, Ohio State University, 1976
  • Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, Ohio State University, 1979

  • Postdoctoral Training

    • Postdoctorate (Neuropharmacology w/Barchas), Stanford University, 1982-1983  
    • Postdoctorate (Neurophysiology w/Thompson), Stanford University, 1980-1987  

    Description of Research

    Summary Statement of Research Interests
    Professor Lavond's research and teaching interests are primarily in the behavioral neurosciences, specifically in behavioral neuroanatomy and recovery of function. He is particularly well known for his work on animal models of recovery of function and in localization of learning and memory.

    Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

    • Department of Psychology, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, Research Collaboration


    Journal Article
    • Mojtahedian, S., Kogan, D. R., Kanzawa, S. A., Thompson, R. F., Lavond, D. G. (2007). Dissociation of conditioned eye and limb responses in the cerebellar interpositus. Physiology and Behavior. Vol. 91, pp. 9-14.
    • Wikgren, J., Lavond, D. G., Ruusuvirta, T., Korhonen, T. (2006). Cooling of the cerebellar interpositus nucleus abolishes somatosensory cortical learning-related activity in eyeblink conditioned rabbits. Behavioural Brain Research. Vol. NA (170), pp. 94-98.
    • Christian, K. M., Poulous, A. M., Lavond, D. G., Thompson, R. F. (2004). Comment on. Science. Vol. 304, pp. 211.
    • Case, G. R., Lavond, D. G., Thompson, R. F. (2001). Cortical spreading depression and involvement of the motor cortex, auditory cortex, and cerebellum in eyeblink classical conditioning of the rabbit. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. Vol. vol. 78, pp. pp. 234-245.

    Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

    • web interview, February 12, 2016 Interviewed by Dr. Carlos Vazquez for "Therapycable Live" !┬átalk show about learning and memory, Spring 2016   

    Honors and Awards

    • John W. Streff Vision Achievement Award from the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, International (NORA), 2003  
    • National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Award, 1994  

    Service to the Profession

    Professional Memberships
    • Docent in Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland, 2005-  
    • Society for Neuroscience, 1981-  

  • Department of Psychology
  • University of Southern California
  • SGM 501
  • 3620 South McClintock Ave.
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-1061
  • Phone: (213) 740 - 2203