Alan Baumeister, Professor

photo of BaumeisterOffice: 324 Audubon Hall
Department of Psychology
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Office Phone: (225)-578-8745


Dr. Baumeister is not accepting new students at this time.

Research Interests

Historical epidemiology of mental illness


BS, University of Alabama, 1976.

MS, Peabody College, 1978.

Ph.D.,Psychology, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University, 1981.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuropharmacology; Biological Sciences Research Center, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, January 1982 - May 1984.

Assistant Research Scientist; Department of Medical Pharmacology and Toxicology, College of Medicine, Texas A&M University, June 1984 - August 1985.

Representative Publications

Baumeister, A.A.. Could Clinical Use of Stimulant Medications Increase Risk for Parkinson’s Disease or Other Neurological Sequelae? A Review of the Evidence. J of Pharmacol & Clin Res. 2017, 3(4): 555618. DOI: 10.19080/JPCR.2017.02.555618.

Lee Pow J., Baumeister A.A., Hawkins, M.F., Cohen, A.S., Garand, J.: Deinstitutionalization of American public hospitals for the mentally ill before and after the introduction of antipsychotic medications. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 2015, 23:176-187.

Baumeister, A.A., Hawkins, M.F., Lee Pow, J., Cohen A.S. Prevalence and Incidence of severe mental illness in the United States: A Historical Analysis, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 2012, 20: 247-258.

Baumeister, A.A. The Chlorpromazine Enigma. The Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2013, 22, 14-29.

Baumeister, A.A., Henderson, K., LeePow, J., Advokat, C. The early history of the neuroscience of attention-deficity/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2012, 21: 263-279.

Baumeister, A.A. The search for an endogenous schizogen: The strange case of taraxein, Journal of the history of the Neurosciences, 2011, 20: 106-122.

Baumeister, A.A., Hawkins, López-Muñoz, F. Toward standardized usage of the word serendipity in the histriography of psychopharmacology. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2010, 19, 253-270.
Baumeister, A.A. Serendipity and the cerebral localization of pleasure.Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2006, 15, 92-98.
Baumeister, A.A. & Hawkins, M.F. Continuity and discontinuity in the historical development of modern of psychopharmacology, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2005, 14, 199-209.

Baumeister, A.A., & Hawkins M.F. The serotonin hypothesis of schizophrenia. A historical case study on the heuristic value of theory in clinical neuroscience, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2004, 13, 289-303.

Baumeister, A.A., Hawkins, M.F., & Uzelac, S.M. The myth of reserpine-induced depression. Role in the historic development of the monoamine hypothesis. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2003, 12, 207-220.

Baumeister, A.A., & Francis, J. Historical development of the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia, Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2002, 11, 265-277.

Baumeister, A.A., & Hawkins, M.F. Incoherence of neuroimaging studies of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Clinical Neuropharmacology, 2001, 24, 2-10.

Baumeister, A.A. The Tulane electrical brain stimulation program. A historical case study in medical ethics. Journal of the History of the Neurosciences, 2000, 9, 263-278.