Donna LaVoie is currently interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Saint Louis University, and a tenured Professor of Psychology. She moved to St. Louis in 1995 from Los Angeles after completing her PhD in Cognitive Psychology at the Claremont Graduate University. Her research has focused on age-related memory function, brain hemispheric specialization in memory processing, and more recently the relationship between religious coping and stress on embodied cognition.

Donna is married and has two teenage kids, one a freshman at SLU and the other a high school freshman. In her spare time Donna plays guitar (acoustic, electric, bass) and occasionally drums in a band, and when there is time, loves to golf. She is also mom to 4 fur-babies (3 cats and a corgi), and a bearded dragon. She is a worship leader and the minister for social justice at her church (Salem Ladue United Methodist Church).