Our lab studies the impact of drugs and environmental stressors on the physiological and behavioral expression of stress responses in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) model.  We are particularly interested in investigating the anti-anxiety potential of supplements and repurposed pharmacological compounds. Future work from our lab will contribute to a better understanding of how drug and stress exposure during different stages of development influences the long-term expression of stress responses in both males and females. Ultimately, the goal of our work is to better understand vulnerability to stress-related conditions, like anxiety disorders.

PhD, Loyola University, Neuroscience, 2011
BS, Indiana University Northwest, Chemistry, 2005
BS, Indiana University Northwest, Psychology, 2005
animal behavior or ethology animal husbandry brain stress anxiety disorders behavioral pharmacology neuroendocrinology stress response zebrafish

CISTL Scholarship for Teaching and Learning Award, 2020, Indiana University Northwest

Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching (FACET), Class of 2020, Indiana University Northwest

IU Board of Trustees Teaching Award 2016, 2019, Indiana University

Society for Behavioral Neuroscience and Comparative Psychology, 2019 – present
Association for Psychological Science, 2015 – present
Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience, 2015 – present
Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science, 2020 – present
Society for the Teaching of Psychology, 2015 – present
Society for Neuroscience, 2015 – present
Zebrafish Husbandry Association, 2015 – present
Psi Chi, the International Honors Society in Psychology, 2005 – present