Penn State Penn State: College of the Liberal Arts

Laura Cabrera

You are here:
Laura Cabrera

Laura Cabrera

Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Philosophy, and Bioethics


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

Professional Bio

Dr. Cabrera is the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Neuroethics. She is an Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Philosophy at Penn State University. She is a Research Associate at the Rock Ethics Institute, and affiliated with the Center for Neural Engineering. She received a BEng in Electrical and Communication Engineering from the Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM) in Mexico City, an MA in Applied Ethics from Linköping University in Sweden, and a PhD in Applied Ethics from Charles Sturt University in Australia.  Dr. Cabrera's interests focus on the ethical and societal implications of neurotechnologies used for treatment as well as for enhancement purposes. She has been working on projects at the interface of normative, conceptual and empirical approaches, exploring attitudes and ethical concerns of professionals, patients and members of the public toward brain interventions. Her work has also focused on the ethical and social implications of environmental changes for brain and mental health.  Her current work focuses on the responsible use of psychiatric electroceutical interventions, and the timing of deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s Disease. Dr. Cabrera is an honorific member of the Mexican Neuroethics Society, chair of the IEEE Brain Neuroethics Subcommittee, and member of the International Neuroethics Society (INS) Emergent Issues Task Force.