Laura Cabrera

Laura Cabrera

Laura Cabrera

Senior Research Associate in the Rock Ethics Institute
Associate Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics, and Philosophy
Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Career Chair in Neuroethics
W316 Millennium Science Complex


PhD, Applied Ethics, Charles Sturt University
MA, Applied Ethics, Linkoping University
BE, Electrical and Communication Engineering, Instituto Tecnológico de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM)


Laura Cabrera is a senior research associate in the Rock Ethics Institute. She also holds the Dorothy Foehr Huck and J. Lloyd Huck Chair in Neuroethics in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. Additionally, Dr. Cabrera is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics and is core faculty in the Center for Neural Engineering in Penn State’s College of Engineering.

Dr. Cabrera’s research focuses 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 honorific member of the Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética, chair of the IEEE Brain Neuroethics Subcommittee, and member of the International Neuroethics Society (INS) Emergent Issues Task Force.


Cabrera Lab  Research Website

Photo of Laura Cabrera