Office of Research and Sponsored Projects
Office of Graduate Studies
New Mexico Highlands University
University of Alaska
BA Elementary Education/Music, 1972
New Mexico Highlands University
MS Experimental Psychology, 1987
University of Alberta
Ph.D. Experimental Psychology, 1989
Primary Research Interests
- Hepatoprotective and fetoprotective properties of flavonoids in treatment of alcohol abuse
- Identification of biological markers of excessive alcohol consumption
- Biochemical correlates of personality traits/pathology
|1989-1993||Assistant Professor of Psychology, NMHU|
|1993-1997||Associate Professor of Psychology, NMHU|
|1997-present||Professor of Psychology, NMHU|
|Summer 1996||On-Site research collaboration at Los Alamos National Laboratories
CST-1; FAST Project. Contact person, Dr. Chuck Wilkerson. Research consisted of development of HPLC methods to determine contaminants in synthesized inorganic substances.
|1998-1999||Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences|
|1999-2004||Associate Dean of Graduate Studies|
|2003-2004||Director of Institutional Research|
|2005-2007||Interim Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences|
|2007-2008||Dean Graduate Studies & Research|
|2008-present||Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs|
|1991-1993||NIH-NIAA RO3||$ 100,000/2 years|
|1994-1997||Herbs Etc., Santa Fe NM||$ 6,000/year|
|1995-1997||Inverni della Beffa Milan, Italy||$ 6,000/year|
|1997-1998||Inverni della Beffa, Milan, Italy||$ 9,000/year|
|1998-1999||Inverni della Beffa, Milan, Italy||$ 12,000/year|
|1999-2000||Inverni della Beffa, Milan, Italy||$ 12,000/year|
|2000-2003||NIH/Bridges PD||$ 540,000/3 years|
|1999-2001||NIH-NIAA R21||$ 176,000/2 years|
|2004-2005||Council of Graduate Schools||$ 4,000/1 year|
|NIH P20 Review Panel EXPORT||Summer 2002; 2003|
|NIH Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research Review Panel||Spring 2004; 2009|
|NIH R24 Review Panel EXPORT||Summer 2004; 2006|
|NIH T37 MHIRT International Research Training Program||Spring 2005; Fall 2008|
|NIH LRP Special Emphasis Panel||Spring 2006; 2007|
|NIH BRIC||Summer 2010|
|New Mexico Council of Graduate Deans (Chair 2007-2008)||1999-2004; 2007-Present|
|Western Association of Graduate Schools Secretary-Treasurer||2009 -2012|
|New Mexico Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)||2000-2005|
|NMHU NCA Committee||1998-Present|
|NMHU Strategic Planning Committee– Core Group||2003-Present|
|New Mexico Performance Effectiveness Planning Committee||2002-2004|
|New Mexico Mental Health Initiatives Panel||2003-2006|
|Expert Witness for Criminal Drug/Alcohol Cases||2005-Present|
|Judge Chavez||Metro 1/15/09; 2008; 09/08/09||ABQ, NM (3)|
|Judge Jaramillo||Metro Court; 04/23/10, 05/11/10
(partition coefficient; IR 8000)
|ABQ, NM (4)|
|Judge Candelaria||District Court||ABQ, NM (1)|
|Judge Valdez||Metro 12/04/08; 2007||ABQ, NM (2)|
|Judge Ramczyk||Metro Court||ABQ, NM (2)|
|Judge Engal||Metro Court||ABQ, NM (1)|
|Judge Magistrate||09/04/08||Santa Fe, NM (1)|
|Judge Reynolds||District Court||Estancia, NM (1)|
|Judge Rogers||Metro 2007||ABQ, NM (3)|
(Experimental Psychology, Psychopharmacology)
|Judge Romero||Magistrate (08/28/08)||Las Vegas, NM (1)|
|Judge DeMerssman||Metro (12/05/08)||ABQ, NM (1)|
|Judge Altweiss||Metro 01/12/09; 01/27/11||ABQ, NM (2)|
|Judge Dominguez||Metro 02/06/09; 04/15/10||ABQ, NM (2)|
|The Hague||ITCY 03/17/09||Netherlands (1)|
|Judge Clinton||Metro 06/09/09||ABQ, NM (1)|
|Judge Campbell||District 2009 expert report||ABQ, NM (1)|
|Judge Fitzwater||Metro Court||ABQ, NM (3)|
|Metro Court 08/11/10
(Psychopharmacology; Physiological Psychology; Effects of GERD on IR 8000)
|Metro Court 03/05/12
Psychopharmacology; Physiological Psychology)
|Judge Wong||Alberta, CA Provincial Court 06/23/10
(Research Methodology; Action of EtOH in Rodent Model)
|Edmonton, AB (1)|
|Judge Zamora||Metro Court (09/10)
(Human Metabolism of Alcohol)
|ABQ, NM (2)|
|Metro Court (04/07/11)
IR 8000; SFST Methodology; Psychopharmacology)
|Judge Benavidez||Metro Court 10/20/10
(Psychopharmacology; IR 8000)
|ABQ, NM (1)|
|Judge Nakamura||Metro Court (01/13/11)
(Psychopharmacology, Breath Testing)
|ABQ, NM (1)|
|Judge Walton||Metro Court (06/29/11; 01/05/12)
SFSTs; Psychopharmcology; Physiological Psychology
|ABQ, NM (2)|
|Judge Segura||Santa Fe Magistrate Court (11/14/11)
(Psychopharmacology, Breath Testing, SFSTs)
|SF, NM (1)|
|Judge Vigil||Santa Fe District Court (05/09/12)
(Psychopharmacology; Extrapolation Back)
|SF, NM (2)|
|Santa Fe District Court (09/19/12)
(Alcohol-induced Blackouts; Detection of Excessive Alcohol Consumption)
|Judge Davis||Sandoval District Court (08/10/12)
Psychopharmacology; SFST Methodology
|RR, NM (1)|
|Mediator for Albuquerque Metro Court||2005-2007|
|Reviewer for the journal Personality and Individual Differences||1999 – Present|
|Reviewer for the journal Cellular and Molecular Biology Letters||2005|
|Reviewer for the journal Neuroscience Letters||2003|
|Reviewer for the journal Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research||1993-1996|
|Reviewer for the Journal of Medicinal Plant Research||2012|
Research Society on Alcoholism
Society for Individual Differences
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
New Mexico State Treasurer 1999-2000
Phi Kappa Phi
Schreiber, H., Ortiz, M., Marquez, W., Garcia, M., Gonzalez, M., Maez, C., Klein, R., Bibb, M., & Calhoon, L. (1987). Early preweaning maternal behavior influences the sensitization of amphetamine-induced stereotypy following haloperidol administration in the adult offspring. Abstracts of Society of Neuroscience, 13, 221.
Calhoon, L. (1991). Space, time, and attention: Processing of stimuli delivered to the hands. Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, 28, 68.
Calhoon (La Grange), L., Ortiz, M., Marquez, W., Garcia, M., Gonzalez, M., Maez, C., Klein, R., Bibb, M., & Schreiber, H. (1987). Early preweaning nestcage disturbance influences adult dopaminergic function through alterations in maternal behavior. International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, New Orleans, LA.
Calhoon (La Grange), L. (1988). Time, space, laterality and strategy in tactual processing. Joseph R. Royce Research Conference, Edmonton, AB, Canada
Calhoon (La Grange), L. & Lechelt, E. (1989). Laterality in tactile temporal processing. Western Canada Psychological Association, Alberta, Canada
La Grange, L., Anton, R., Crow, H., & Garcia, S. (1993). Carbohydrate-deficient transferrin: values for Southwestern U.S. Hispanic college students. Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, TX
La Grange, L., Anton, R., Garcia, S., & Herrbold, C. (1994). Oral contrceptives and levels of carbohydrate-deficient transferrin (CDT) in a young female population. Research Society on Alcoholism, Maui, Hawaii.
Wang, M., La Grange, L., Reyes, E., & Tao, J. (1995). Silibum marianum extract: A hepatoprotective agent as measured by ethanol-induced enzyme activity in rats. Research Society on Alcoholism, Steamboat Springs, CO.
Yeastedt, J., La Grange, L., & Anton, R. (1995). Detecting relapse in female alcoholics using CDT levels and GGTP activity. Research Society on Alcoholism, Steamboat Springs, CO.
Yeastedt, J., & La Grange, L. (1995). Serum transaminases as biochemical markers of relapse in female alcoholics. American Psychological Association, New York, NY.
Matykiewicz, L., La Grange, L., Vance, P., & Wang, M. (1996). Biological correlates of aggression-hostility: Adjudicated males vs. control males. Rocky Mountain Psychological Association. Park City, UT.
Edwards, J., Wang, M., Pecore, N., & La Grange, L. (1998). The LD50 of kavalactones extracted from Piper methysticum in rats. Experimental Biology ’98. San Francisco, CA.
Reid, C., Edwards, J., Wang, M., Manybeads, Y., Mike, L., Martinez, N., & La Grange, L. (1998). Fetal rat exposure to EtOH: Protective effects of silymarin on learning and memory. Experimental Biology ’98. San Francisco, CA.
La Grange, L., Manybeads, Y., Mike, L., Martinez, N., Korte, H., Baca, E., Reid, C., & Wang, M. (1998). Fetoprotective effects in rats of silymarin against in utero exposure to ethanol. Experimental Biology ’98. San Francisco, CA.
J. Edwards, R, Madrid, C. Ortiz, S. Burge, M. Wang, J. Niemi, H. Soos, & L. La Grange (1998). Prenatal exposure to ethanol in rats: Protective effects of the bioflavonoid, silymarin. The American College of Toxicology ’98, Orlando FA.
J. Edwards, R. Madrid, C. Ortiz, S. Burge, M. Wang, J Niemi, H. Soos, & L. La Grange (1998). Chronic use of kava: Does it affect rat performance during active avoidance testing? The American College of Toxicology ’98, Orlando FA.
Z. Ding, J. Edwards, & L. La Grange (2000). Protective effect of silymarin and silibinin on ethanol-induced cell injuries in the human G2 cell line. International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Denver, CO
G. Benally, A. Charley, P. James, L. Gonzales, J. Edwards, & L. La Grange (2000). Does the chronic administration of kava enhance cognitive functioning in rats during radial arm maze testing? International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Denver CO.
A. Busby, J. Edwards, M. Wang, J. King, & L. La Grange (2000). Prevention of ethanol-induced social learning and visio-spatial deficits by Siliphosâ in a rat model of fetal alcohol syndrome. International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Denver, CO.
Z.Y. Ding, H., H. Sonchar, B. Zhang, J. Edwards, & L. La Grange (2000). The effect of silybin on ethanol-induced cytotoxicity in Hep G2 cells. The American College of Toxicology ’00, San Diego CA.
Z. Ding, E. Klein, E., B. Zhang, J. Edwards, M. Houston, L. La Grange (2001). An improved method for assays of oxidative stress in tissues using an automated microplate reader. AAAS 2001, San Fransisco, CA.
N.M. Moreland, R.S. Montoya, & L. La Grange (2001). Fetal alcohol syndrome and laterality: The fetoprotective effects of silymarin. Neuroscience 2001. San Diego, CA.
Valdez, J., La Grange, L., & Pilotti, M. (2011). Alcohol and Triggered Displaced Aggression: Effects on Hispanic Males. American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Broderick, T., Pilotti, M., La Grange, L., Bochenek, J., Lucero, L., & Martinez, E. (2012). Forms of retrieval practice for learning in introductory psychology. Western Psychological Society.
Broderick, T., Pilotti, M., La Grange, L., Bochenek, J., Lucero, L., & Martinez, E. (2012). The effect of conceptual integration during practice on test performance. Rocky Mountain Psychological Society.
Broderick, T. O., Pilotti, M., Martinez, E., Caballero, S., & LaGrange, L. (2012). The effect of concentrated practice on reading skills. Poster presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association.
Broderick, T. O., Pilotti, M., LaGrange, L., Bochenek, J. L., Lucero, L., & Martinez, E. (2012). Forms of retrieval practice for learning in introductory psychology. Poster presented at the 92nd Annual Convention of the Western Psychological Association.
Underlying mechanisms of the fetoprotective activity of silymarin. Presented by: A. Busby, J. Edwards, M. Huston, & L. La Grange. Neurochemistry Winter Conference 2000, Sölden, Austria.
Publications (Refereed Journals)
Calhoon (La Grange), L., (1988). Explorations into the biochemistry of sensations seeking. Personality and Individual Differences, 9, 941-949.
Calhoon (La Grange), L. (1991). Sensation seeking, exercise, and dopamine beta hydroxylase. Personality annd Individual Differences, 12, 903-907.
Calhoon-La Grange, L., Jones, T., Reyes, E., & Ott, S. (1993). Monoamine oxidase levels in females: Relationships to sensation seeking, alcohol use, physical fitness, and menstrual cycle. Personality and Individual Differences, 12, 439-446.
La Grange, L., Anton, R., Crow, H., & Garcia, S. (1994). Correlates of GGTP and CDT with self-reported levels of alcohol consumption among college students. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 18, 653-656.
La Grange, L., Jones, T., Erb, L., & Reyes, E. (1995). Biochemical correlates of alcohol use in a student population. Addictive Behaviors, 20, 93-103.
La Grange, L., Anton, R., Garcia, S., & Herrbold, C. (1995). Oral contraceptives and CDT values in a female population. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 19, 100-103.
Wang, M., La Grange, L., Reyes, E., & Tao, J. (1996). Hepatoprotective properties of milk thistle extract as measured by ethanol-induced enzyme activity in rat model. Fitoterapia, 67, 166-171.
Matykiewicz, L., La Grange, L., Vance, P., Wang, M., & Reyes, E. (1997). Adjudicated adolescent males: Measures of urinary 5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid and reactive hypoglycemia. Personality and Individual Differences, 33, 327-332.
Matykiewicz, L., La Grange, L., Reyes, E., Vance, P., & Wang, M. (1997). Adolescent Males, Impulsive/Aggressive behavior, and Alcohol Abuse: Biological Correlates. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 6, 27-37.
Yeastedt, J., La Grange, L. & Anton, R. (1998). Female alcoholic outpatients and female college students: A correlational study of self-reported alcohol consumption and carbohydrate-deficient transferrin levels. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 59, 555-559.
Talbot, R., & La Grange, L. (1999). The effects of salty and nonsalty food on peak breath alcohol concentration and divided attention task performance in females. Substance Abuse
La Grange, L., Wang, M., Watkins, R., Ortiz, D., Sanchez, M., Konst, J., Lee, C., & Reyes, E. (1999). Fetal protective effects of the flavonoid mixture, silymarin, on fetal rat brain and liver. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, 65, 53-61.
Reid, C., Edwards, J., Wang, M., Manybeads, Y., Mike, L., Martinez, N., La Grange, L., & Reyes, E. (1999). Prevention of ethanol-induced social learning deficits in rats. Planta Medica, 65, 421-424.
Edwards, J., La Grange, L., Wang, M., & Reyes, E. (2000). Fetoprotectivity of the flavanolignan compound siliphos against ethanol-induced toxicity. Phytotherapy Research, 14, 517-521.
Busby, A., La Grange, L., & Edwards, J. (2002). The Use of a Silymarin/Phospholipid Compound as a Fetoprotectant from Ethanol-Induced Behavioral Deficits. Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, 2, 39-47.
Moreland, N., La Grange, L., & Montoya, R. (2002). Impact of In Utero Exposure to EtOH on Corpus Callosum Development and Paw Preferences in Rats: Protective Effects of Silymarin. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2, 10.
La Grange, L., Ding, Z., Houston, M., & Klein, E. (2003). Normalizing Effects of Bioflavonoids on EtOH-Induced Indices of Lipid peroxidation in Rat Neonates and Dams. Pharmaceutical Biology. 41, 188-193.
Neese, S., La Grange, L., Trujillo, E., & Romero, D. (2004). The effects of ethanol and silymarin treatment during gestation on spatial working memory. BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 4, 10.
Ortiz, J. & La Grange, L. (2006). The efficacy of relaxation techniques in increasing sport performance in women golfers. The Sport Journal, 9, 1.
Richardson, D.W., Cave, S.B., & La Grange, L. (2008). Prediction of police officer performance among New Mexico State Police as assessed by the Personality Assessment Inventory. Journal for Police and Criminal Psychology.
La Grange, L., Hojnowsky, N., & Nesterov, S. (2007). Personality correlates of alcohol consumption and aggression in an Hispanic college population. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences.
Pilotti, M., Martinez, E., Broderick, T., Caballero, S, & LaGrange, L. (2012). Reading acceleration program: The effect of concentrated practice on reading skills. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, XX(X), 1-14.
Publications (Lay Journals)
Calhoon, L. (1991). Need tests for women drinkers. The U.S. Journal, 8.
La Grange, L. (1992) Beta-carbolines and alcoholism: associations and implications. Science Matters, 3, 17.
La Grange, L. (1996). A natural tonic for liver disease? Science Matters, 2, 18.
La Grange, L. (2005). Oshà, Yerba del a Gente, The New Mexico Native Plant Society Newsletter, September.
La Grange, L. (2006). Inmortal: A favorite northern New Mexico Remedy. The New Mexico Native Plant Society Newsletter, April.
La Grange, L. (2007). Yerba Mansa: The gentle herb. The New Mexico Native Plant Society Newsletter.
La Grange, L. (1994). Gender differences in biological markers of alcohol use. In R. Watson (Ed.) Addictive Behaviors in Women, pp. 125-158, Humana Press: NJ
Courses Taught Relevant to Drug Effects
1. Psych 612 Psychopharmacology (taught 22 times)
Course description:Students are to be provided information and instruction in the following concepts and applications:
- Basic pharmacological principles including absorption, distribution, inactivation, and elimination
- Cellular mechanisms involved in drug action
- Knowledge of the major neurotransmitter and neuroendocrine systems
- Therapeutic uses of psychoactive drugs
Required Text: Molecular Neuropharmacology: A Foundation for Clinical Neuroscience by Nestler, Hyman, & Malenka
2. Psych 4/508 Drugs and Behavior (taught 17 times)
Course description: Provide the student with information regarding the following types of drugs:
- Prescription medications
- Over-the-counter drugs
- Licit and illicit recreational drugs
- Familiarize the student with the following:
- Physiological effects of drugs
- Neural mechanisms
- receptor types
- neurotransmitter systems
- Neural mechanisms
- Psychological effects of drugs
- Social effects of drugs
- Physiological effects of drugs
Required textbook: Drugs Behavior & Modern Society by C. Levinthal
3. Psych 4/510 Physiological Psychology (taught 17 times)
Course description: Students will be introduced to the basic structures of the brain and taught the associations between structure and behavioral function. As well, students will be exposed to the fundamental, neurological, behavioral, and developmental aspects of neuropsychology. The course will also cover the mechanisms underlying the sensory and motors systems. The lab portion of the course will be devoted to a more concentrated study of neuroanatomy
Required textbook: Physiological Psychology by N. Carlson
Courses Taught Relevant to the SFST
1. Psych 301/302 Research Methods and Analysis (taught 4 times)
Course description: To introduce the students to the terminology, logic, and goals of statistics; teach the students to determine simple, relative, and cumulative frequency tables; Teach the students the relevance of the concept of statistical variability; to introduce the students to the use of z-scores and their relationship to the concept of central tendency; teach the students how to compute and interpret correlation coefficients and linear regression; introduce the students to the concept of probability and how it impacts the use of inferential statistics; introduce the concept of hypothesis testing; teach the students to analyze data using t-tests and ANOVAs; and review the concept of non-parametric testing.
Required Textbook: Basic Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences by G.W. Heiman
2. Psych 602 Behavioral Research Methods (taught 6 times)
Course description: This course is designed for graduate level psychology students. There are several areas of concentration:
- Survey design
- Experimental research design
- Application of appropriate statistical analyses to each type of research design
- Interpretation of experimental results as reported in journals and other scholarly sources
- Critique of the research designs reported in the literature
Laboratory Techniques Training
Dr. Robert Amai (mentor), New Mexico Highlands University
Dr. Edward Reyes (mentor), UNMHSC School of Pharmacy
- Liquid Scintillation Spectrometer
- RIA/gamma counter
Summer (1 week) 1991
Dr. Ray Anton (mentor), University of South Carolina Medical School
- RIA/gamma counter
Dr. Chuck Wilkerson (mentor), Los Alamos National Laboratory
I have a fully equipped biochemistry laboratory in Hewett Hall, New Mexico Highlands University. It has been in active use for 18 years, serving my research needs as well as those of other NMHU faculty members. In the lab is an Intoxilyzer 5000, which I am using for my current research of alcohol and aggression.