Lori Hoisington focuses on adolescent brain development, risk taking and juvenile justice. She performed clinical magnetic resonance imaging for many years and used 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 and Alzheimer's Disease and magnetic resonance imaging breast imaging to differentiate between benign and malignant tissues. Hoisington and colleagues received multiple grants from Michigan State University to support the patent and commercialization of the magnetic resonance imaging breast cancer protocol.
Hoisington instructs online courses including Brain Development, Community Youth Development and Capstone Seminar for the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance youth development program students through Michigan State and another Michigan State course in Interpersonal Relationships. She received the Love of Learning Award from Phi Kappa Phi, Jean Davis Schlater Dissertation Fellowship Award and Michigan State University Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship.
Ph.D. in Family Studies, Michigan State University, 2011