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Laura Cabrera

Associate Professor
Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Career Chair in Neuroethics


  • Engineering Science and Mechanics
  • Center for Neural Engineering
  • Law, Policy, and Engineering

W316 Millennium Science Complex


Research Website

Google Scholar Profile

Research Areas:

Brain Science and Neural Engineering; Neuroethics

Interest Areas:

Ethical, social, and policy implications of neuroscience advances and neurotechnologies.




  • BE, Electrical and Communication Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), 2005
  • MA, Applied Ethics, Linkoping University, 2007
  • Ph D, Applied Ethics, Charles Sturt University, 2012


Journal Articles

  • Laura Cabrera, Gilbert MMC, A M McCright, E D Achtyes and R Bluhm, 2021, "Beyond the Cuckoo's Nest: Patient and Public Attitudes about Psychiatric Electroceutical Interventions.", The Psychiatric quarterly
  • Laura Cabrera, S D Mitchell, A Bender, E Tvedten, C Sidiropoulos and H Sarva, 2021, "Attitudes toward use and timing of deep brain stimulation: a patient's with DBS perspective.", Clinical neurology and neurosurgery, 203, pp. 106553
  • Laura Cabrera, C. Courchesne, M. Bittlinger, S. Müller, R. Martinez, E. Racine and J. Illes, 2021, "Authentic Self and Last Resort: International Perceptions of Psychiatric Neurosurgery", Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, 45, (1), pp. 141-161
  • J A Chandler, Laura Cabrera, P Doshi, S Fecteau, J J Fins, S Guinjoan, C Hamani, K Herrera-Ferrá, C M Honey, J Illes, B H Kopell, N Lipsman, P J McDonald, H S Mayberg, R Nadler, B Nuttin, A J Oliveira-Maia, C Rangel, R Ribeiro, A Salles and H Wu, 2021, "International Legal Approaches to Neurosurgery for Psychiatric Disorders.", Frontiers in human neuroscience, 14, pp. 588458
  • Aakash A. Dave and Laura Cabrera, 2020, "Osteopathic Medical Students’ Attitudes Towards Different Modalities of Neuroenhancement: a Pilot Study", Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 4, (4), pp. 422-433
  • Nicole Martinez-Martin, Ishan Dasgupta, Adrian Carter, Jennifer A Chandler, Philipp Kellmeyer, Karola Kreitmair, Anthony Weiss and Laura Cabrera, 2020, "Ethics of Digital Mental Health During COVID-19: Crisis and Opportunities", JMIR Mental Health, 7, (12), pp. e23776
  • Laura Cabrera, Karen Kelly-Blake and Christos Sidiropoulos, 2020, "Perspectives on Deep Brain Stimulation and Its Earlier Use for Parkinson’s Disease: A Qualitative Study of US Patients", Brain Sciences, 10, (1), pp. 34
  • Laura Cabrera, 2019, "A human rights approach to low data reporting in clinical trials of psychiatric deep brain stimulation", Bioethics, 33, (9), pp. 1050-1058
  • Laura Cabrera, Charles Sadle and Erin Purcell, 2019, "Neuroethical considerations of high-density electrode arrays", Nature Biomedical Engineering, 3, (8), pp. 586-589
  • Laura Cabrera, Marisa Brandt, Rachel McKenzie and Robyn Bluhm, 2019, "Online comments about psychiatric neurosurgery and psychopharmacological interventions: Public perceptions and concerns", Social Science & Medicine, 220, pp. 184-192
  • Laura Cabrera, Caitlin Courchesne, Zelma H.T. Kiss and Judy Illes, 2019, "Clinical Perspectives on Psychiatric Neurosurgery", Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery, 97, (5-6), pp. 391-398
  • Laura Cabrera, 2018, "A Novel Sequential Mixed-method Technique for Contrastive Analysis of Unscripted Qualitative Data: Contrastive Quantitized Content Analysis", Sociological Methods and Research
  • Laura Cabrera, 2010, "Neurotechnology: the need for neuroethicists.", Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics, 11
  • Laura Cabrera, 2009, "Nanotechnology: Changing the disability paradigm", International Journal of Disability, Community and Rehabilitation, 8, (2)
  • Laura Cabrera, G. R. Nowak, A. M. McCright, E. Achtyes and R. Bluhm, , "Last Resort Interventions?: A Qualitative Study of Psychiatrists’ Experience with and Views on Psychiatric Electroceutical Interventions", Psychiatric Quarterly


  • Laura Cabrera, 2021, "The Need for Guidance around Recruitment and Consent Practices in Intracranial Electrophysiology Research.", AJOB neuroscience, 12, (1), pp. 1-2

Research Projects

Honors and Awards


Service to Penn State:

Service to External Organizations:

  • Participation in or Service to Professional and Learned Societies, Board Member, International Neuroethics Society, November 2020



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