Department of Psychology
The University of Houston
126 Heyne Building
Houston, TX 77204-5522
(713) 743-8500

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J. Leigh Leasure, Ph.D.

Leigh Leisure

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

Heyne Building, Room 231D

Research Interests

  • Exercise-driven neuroplasticity
  • Binge alcohol damage
  • Gliovascular complex
  • 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

Leasure JL & Neighbors C (2014) Impulsivity moderates the association between physical activity and alcohol consumption. Alcohol, in press.

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

Kozlowski DA, Leasure JL & Schallert T (2013) The control of movement following traumatic brain injury. Comprehensive Physiology, 3:121-139.

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

Hawley DF, Morch K, Christie B & Leasure JL (2012) Differential response of hippocampal subregions to stress and learning. PLoS One, 7(12):e53126.

Hawley DF & Leasure JL (2012) Region-specific response of the hippocampus to chronic unpredictable stress. Hippocampus, 22:1338-1349.