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J. Leigh Leasure, Ph.D.

Leigh Leisure

Associate Professor
Director of Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
Developmental, Cognitive, & Behavioral Neuroscience
Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Heyne Building, Room 231D

Research Interests

  • Exercise-driven neuroplasticity
  • Alcohol-induced brain damage
  • Neural consequences of pediatric radiotherapy
  • Hippocampal neurogenesis


  • PSYC 3341: Physiological Psychology
  • PSYC 4354: Brain and Behavior
  • PSYC 6343: Behavioral Psychopharmacology
  • PSYC 6397: Functional Neuroanatomy
  • PSYC 7342: Biological Bases of Behavior


Behavioral Neuroscience Lab

Selected Publications

Maynard ME, Chung C, Comer A, Nelson K, Tran J, Werries N, Barton E & Leasure JL (2016) Ambient temperature influences the neural benefits of exercise. Behavioural Brain Research, 299:27-31.

Leasure JL, Neighbors C, Henderson CE & Young CM (2015) Exercise and alcohol consum-ption: what we know, what we need to know and why it is important. Frontiers in Psychiatry 6: Article 156, doi: 10.3389.

Leasure JL & Neighbors C (2014) Impulsivity moderates the association between physical activity and alcohol consumption. Alcohol, 48(4):361-366.

Maynard ME & Leasure JL (2013) Exercise enhances hippocampal recovery following binge ethanol exposure. PLoS One, 8(9):e76644.

Rodgers SP, Trevino M, Zawaski JA, Gaber MW & Leasure JL (2013) Neurogenesis, exercise and cognitive late effects of pediatric radiotherapy. Neural Plasticity, 2013:698528.