Areas of Study:

  • Mechanisms of Behavior
  • Neuroscience

Research Interests:

  • Stress effects on dendritic plasticity in prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, and amygdala
  • Stress effects on neurochemistry and physiology of prefrontal cortex
  • Sex differences in effects of stress on prefrontal cortex

My research focuses on the neurobiology of stress, a critical variable in the development and expression of many psychological disorders.

My lab is examining the sex-dependent effects of chronic stress and stress hormones on behaviors mediated by prefrontal cortex, as well as the changes in neural pharmacology, physiology, and morphology that underlie these effects.


Subject Area

  • Psychological and Brain Sciences
Past Affiliations
Neuroscience, Psychology
PhD, Indiana University Bloomington, Neural Science, Clinical Psychology, 1993
BA, Ohio Wesleyan University, Psychology, 1986
behavioral neuroscience neuroscience stress response

Irving J. Saltzman Award for Outstanding Graduate Achievement, Psychology Department, Indiana University

Predoctoral Clinical Training Grant Fellowship, NIMH (Indiana University)

Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
Society for Neuroscience