Dr. Cindy Lancaster

( University of Nevada, Reno )

  • Institution:University of Nevada, Reno
  • Departments: psychology
  • Research Fields: Trauma, Anxiety, Social Support, Exposure Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Disciplines: Psychology
  • Funding:INBRE - IdeA Network for Biomedical Research Excellence, NIH - National Institutes of Health


I have supervised 5 doctoral students in my lab, and I supervise several undergraduates each year – typically 10-15 undergrads are assisting with research in my lab during any given semester, and often I supervise one undergraduate level thesis or honors project each year.


Cynthia Lancaster is an associate professor of clinical psychology at the University of Nevada, Reno. Her research focuses on traumatic stress and anxiety-related disorders. Three areas of specific focus include:
1) identifying factors that increase and decrease risk for PTSD,
2) identifying mechanisms and augmentation strategies for exposure-based therapies for PTSD and other anxiety disorders, and
3) identifying the impact of social factors in the development and treatment of anxiety and stress-related disorders.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity University, served as a research assistant at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (STRONG STAR Consortium), completed her doctoral degree at the University of Texas as Austin in 2017, and completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Charleston Consortium.