Dr. Lorden joined the University of North Carolina at Charlotte as Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs in August 2003. She received the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from Yale University. Prior to coming to UNC Charlotte, she served as Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where she was Professor of Psychology.
She has published extensively in the area of brain-behavior relationships and specialized in the study of animal models of human neurological disease. In 1991, she was awarded the Ireland Prize for Scholarly Distinction. She has served on peer review panels and scientific advisory boards at NIH, NSF, and private agencies. At UAB she organized the doctoral program in behavioral neuroscience and directed the university-wide interdisciplinary Graduate Training Program in Neuroscience. In addition to her work in research and graduate education at UAB, Dr. Lorden founded an Office of Postdoctoral Education, programs for professional development of graduate students, an undergraduate honors program, and several programs designed to improve the recruitment of women and minorities into doctoral programs in science and engineering.
Dr. Lorden was elected Chair of the Board of Directors of the Council of Graduate Schools (2003) and during 2002-03, she was the Dean in Residence in the Division of Graduate Education at the National Science Foundation. She has chaired the Board of Directors of Oak Ridge Associated Universities, was a Trustee of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, and chaired the executive committee of the NASULGC Council on Research Policy and Graduate Education. She was a member of the National Research Council's Committee on the Methodology for the Study of the Research Doctorate. She is a member of the Society for Neuroscience, the American Psychological Association, and the American Psychological Society.