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Idaho State University

Steven R. Lawyer, Ph.D

Professor, Clinical Psychology - Director of Clinical Training

Office: Garrison Rm 424


B.A. (1995), Western Michigan University; M.S. (1999), Auburn University, Pre-Doctoral Clinical Resident (2001-2002), University of Mississippi Medical Center; Ph.D. (2002), Auburn University; and Postdoctoral Fellow (2002-2004), National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, Medical University of South Carolina.

Research Interests

Dr. Lawyer's research interests include laboratory models of decision-making, with a particular focus on the delay and probability discounting tasks. Withing this paradigm, Dr. Lawyer studies methodological aspects of delay discounting, such as the impact of domain-specific patterns of impulsive choice, and developing strategies to better model specific patterns of impulsive choice, such as that associated with sexual risk-taking. Although he is primarily focused on decision-making, he remains interested in trauma and anxiety-related phenomena.

Dr. Lawyer's clinical interests include cognitive-behavioral and other empirically-supported approaches to reducing anxiety-related and depressive symptoms, and brief psychotherapy.

Recent Publications

Lawyer, S.R. & Mahoney, C. (in press). Delay discounting and probability discounting, but not response inhibition, are associated with sexual risk-taking in adults. Journal of Sex Research.

Mahoney, C. & Lawyer, S.R. (2016). Delay and probability discounting among payday and title loan recipients. Behavioural Processes, 125, 13-18.

Lawyer, S.R., Boomhower, S. R., & Rasmussen. E.B. (2015). Differential associations between obesity and behavioral measures of impulsivity. Appetite, 95, 375-382.

Hendrickson, K. Rasmussen, E. B., & Lawyer, S.R. (2015). Measurement and validation of measures for impulsive food choice in obese and healthy-weight individuals. Appetite, 90, 254-263.

Konecky, B. & Lawyer, S. R. (2015). Steeper delay discounting among substance-abusing and -dependent adolescents versus controls. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 24, 207-211.

Jenks, C. & Lawyer, S. R. (2014). Using delay discounting to understand impulsive choice in socially anxious individuals: Failure to replicate. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 46, 198-201.

Green, R. M. & Lawyer, S. R. (2014). Steeper delay and probability discounting of potentially real versus hypothetical cigarettes (but not money) among smokers. Behavioural Processes, 108, 50-56.

Psychology Department



Department of Psychology

921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8112

Pocatello ID 83209



Physical/Walk-in Address:
1400 E Terry 
Garrison Hall
Building 63 
4th floor
Main Office Rm 427

Psychology Clinic

(208) 282-2129

(208) 282-5411

Psychology Clinic

921 S 8th Ave, Stop 8021

Pocatello, ID 83209


Physical/Walk-in Address:
1400 E Terry 
Garrison Hall
Building 63 
5th Floor
Reception Rm 533