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Hoisington, Lori Ph.D.


Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Family Studies, Michigan State University
  • M.A. Family Studies, Michigan State University
  • B.S. Health Careers, Western Michigan University

Areas of Interest

  • Adolescent brain development
  • Risk taking and juvenile justice
  • Health and clinical aspects of family lifespan


Dr. Lori Hoisington focuses on adolescent brain development, risk taking and juvenile justice. She performed clinical MRI for many years and used fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to enhance her understanding about interpersonal interaction that accompanies brain activity.  Her interests include application of brain development findings toward management of juvenile offenders, changes in the brain's limbic system that correlate with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and MRI breast imaging: differentiating between benign vs. malignant tissues (funded). Dr. Hoisington and colleagues received multiple grants from MSU to support the patent and commercialization of the MRI Breast cancer protocol. Dr. Hoisington instructs online courses including Brain Development, Community Youth Development and Capstone Seminar (GPIDEA) and Interpersonal Relationships (HDFS). She received the Love of Learning award (Phi Kappa Phi), Jean Davis Schlater Dissertation Fellowship Award, and MSU Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship.