Doctoral Recipients

2014

Laura B. Kurdziel

Laura B. Kurdziel

B.S. Zoology, University of Maryland, 2005
M.S. Animal Behavior, Bucknell University, 2007
Ph.D. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2014

Research Interests: Cerebellar Ataxia/Movement Disorders; Aging, Sleep, Primate Cognition
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Rebecca Spencer
Dissertation Title: The role of napping on memory consolidation in preschool children
Position:
Patrick Taylor

Patrick Taylor

B.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology, Texas Tech University, May 2007

Research Interests: Temporally Selective Attention
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Lisa Sanders
Dissertation Title: Effects of Auditory and Visual Temporally Selective Attention on Electrophysiological Indices of Early Perceptual Processing 
Position:

2013

Ahren B. Fitzroy

Ahren B. Fitzroy

B.S. Psychology/ Neuroscience, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2007

Research Interests: Cortical Organization of Music and Speech Perception
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Lisa Sanders
Dissertation Title: The Effects of Metric Strength on the Allocation of Attention Across Time
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow; Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University
Bryan Monesson-Olson

Bryan Monesson-Olson

B.S. Neuroscience, University of Miami, May 2006

Research Interests: The genetics and development of motor behavior
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Gerald Downes
Dissertation Title: Forward and Reverse Genetic Approaches to Studying Locomotor Behavior: SERCA and GABAA Receptors in the Zebrafish Embryo
Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Laboratory of Dr. Josef Trapani, Amherst College
Erica Y. Shen

Erica Y. Shen

B.A. Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Dartmouth College, December 2005

Research Interests: MDMA Sensitization Using CPP Paradigm
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Jerrold Meyer
Dissertation Title:
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Neuroscience/Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Nina M. Shinday

Nina M. Shinday

B.S. Biopsychology, University of California at Santa Barbara, June 2005

Research Interests: The Role of GABA in Cocaine Addiction
Chair/Advisor: Dr. James Rowlett
Dissertation Title: Neuroadaptations and Behavioral Profiles Associated with Cocaine Self-administration in ...
Position: Harvard Medical School: New England Primate Center

2012

William S. Bush

William S. Bush

B.A. Cognitive Science, Hampshire College, May 2002
M.S. Computer Science, UMass Amherst (Feb 2006)

Research Interests: Behavioral and Electrophysiological Investigations of Visual Selective Attention
Chair/Advisor: Kyle Cave and Lisa Sanders
Dissertation Title: Gradients and ranges of visually selective attention based on location, objects, color, and size:  Gradients are universal, but range is uniquely spatial
Position: Postdoctoral Research Scholar with Shaun Vecera, Visual Attention and Perception, University of Iowa
Carrie E. Mahoney

Carrie E. Mahoney

B.S. Sports Science, University of Connecticut-Storrs, May 2001
M.A. Kinesiology, University of Connecticut-Storrs, December 2005

Research Interests: Circadian Rhythms
Chair/Advisor: Dr. Eric Bittman
Dissertation Title: Lateralization of central circadian pacemaker output
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School; Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Sleep Medicine and Program in Sleep, Circadian, and Respiratory Neurobiology, Department of Neurobiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Ying Zhou

Ying Zhou

B.S. Biology, Fudan University, July 2002

Research Interests: The Role of Morgue, A Novel Gene in the Development of Drosophila Nervous System
Chair/Advisor: Dr. John Nambu
Dissertation Title:
Position: MS at Cornell on Information Science, now applying to "Data Science for Social Good" at Univ. of Chicago 

2011

Lori B. Astheimer

Lori B. Astheimer

M.S. Neuroscience & Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Feb 2008

Chair/Advisor: Dr. Lisa Sanders
Dissertation Title:
Position: Lecturer, Psychology Department, University of Massachusetts Previous postition:  Postdoctoral Fellow, York University, Department of Psychology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Karlie A. Intlekofer

Karlie A. Intlekofer

B.S. Health and Exercise Science, Colorado State University, May 2005

Research Interests: The Effect of Dioxin on the Developing Neuroendocrine Brain and Subsequent Deficits in Reproduction
Chair/Advisor: Sandra Petersen
Dissertation Title:
Position: Lecturer, Psychology/Neuroscience Department, University of Vermont Previous position:  Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California Irvine, Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia, Research and Graduate Studies

2010

Molly B. Johnson

Molly B. Johnson

Chair/Advisor: Richard Van Emmerik
Dissertation Title: "Effect of Head Orientation on Dynamic Postural Stability and Torso Coordination"
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine
Elaine K. Murray

Elaine K. Murray

Chair/Advisor: Nancy Forger
Dissertation Title: "The Role of Histone Acetylation in Sexual Differentiation of the Mouse Brain"
Position: Lecturer in Stratified Medicine(Mental Health) at University of Ulster, School of Medicine, Aberdeen, Scotland
Eliza L. Nelson

Eliza L. Nelson

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Examining the Development of Handedness in Rhesus Monkey and Human Infants Using Behavioral and Kinematic Measures"
Position: Assistant Professor at Florida International University, Developmental Science, Department of Psychology
Benjamin D. Rood

Benjamin D. Rood

Chair/Advisor: Geert de Vries
Dissertation Title: "Vasopressin Anatomy of the Mouse Brain"
Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

2009

Dominik K. Biezonski

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Investigations into the Potential for 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine to Induce Neurotoxic Terminal Damage to Serotonergic Neurons"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry and Pharmacology, Columbia University Medical Center
Destinee L. Chambers

Destinee L. Chambers

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Understanding Occlusion Inhibition: A Study of the Visual Processing of Superimposed Figures"
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Wesleyan University, Department of Psychology, Middletown, Connecticut
Amanda M. Dettmer

Amanda M. Dettmer

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title:
Position: Post Doctoral Fellow at National Institutes of Health
Iris L. Price

Iris L. Price

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Visuospatial Reasoning in Toddlers: A Correlational Investigation of Door Task Performance"
Position: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Coordinator, Office of Research Affairs, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass
Marianne Seney

Marianne Seney

B.A. Biology, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts (May 2001)
Ph.D. Neuroscience and Behavior, UMass Amherst (September 2009) 

Chair/Advisor: Nancy Forger
Dissertation Title:
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

2008

Dena A. Jacob

Dena A. Jacob

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "The Role of Cell Death in the Development of a Sexually Dimorphic Neuromuscular SysteN"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Weinberg Institute for ALS, Thomas Jefferson University
Brian J. Kelly

Brian J. Kelly

B.S. Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2003
M.S. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2006
Ph.D. Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2008
 

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: Thesis: Comprehension of a Scale-Model Task by Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta) Dissertation: Processing Spatial Information from Photographs, Video, and Scale Models: Complex Mental Representation in Children (Homo sapiens) and Monkeys (Macaca mulatta)
Position: Assistant Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Fitchburg State University 
Julie Laroche

Julie Laroche

Chair/Advisor: Jeffrey D. Blaustein
Dissertation Title: Neuroendocrine Effects of Peripubertal Stress Exposure in the Female Mouse
Position: Canadian Government
Ashvin K. Shah

Ashvin K. Shah

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Biologically-Based Functional Mechanisms of Motor Skill Acquisition"
Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Adaptive Behaviour Research Group, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, U.K.

2007

Melissa A. Birkett

Melissa A. Birkett

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Investigation of Serotonergic and GABA-ergic Interactions in Physiological and Bheavioral Measures of Anxiety"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

Angela N. Duke

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "GABA A Receptor Mechanisms in Benzodiazepine Physical Dependence and Tolerance"
Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, Mentor Dr. Mike Nader Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Jeremy D. Houser

Jeremy D. Houser

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "The Invasion of Linyphia triangularis (Araneae Linyphiidae) in Maine: Ecological and Behavioral Interactions with Native Species"
Position: Native Plant Nursery Coordinator, The Nature Conservancy, Martha's Vineyard, Primary Job; Vineyard Conservation Society, Communications Coordinator
Veronica Lopez

Veronica Lopez

Chair/Advisor: Christine Wagner
Dissertation Title: "Transiently Expressed Progestin Receptors in the Perinatal Rat Isocortex"
Position: Formerly Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Arts/Art History Graduate Student at Stanford University
Brian J. Piper

Brian J. Piper

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Adolescent 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine (MDMA or Ecstasy) Exposure in Rats: Behavioral, Neurochemical, and Pharmocokinetic Activity
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Basic Pharmaceutical Sciences, Husson Univeristy, Bangor, Maine
Christa D. Skow

Christa D. Skow

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Jumping Spiders and Aposematic Prey: The Role of Contextual Cues During Learned Avoidance"
Position: Laboratory Instructorship, Department of Biological Sciences, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

2006

Matthew D. Davenport

Matthew D. Davenport

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Physiological Aspects of Chronic Stress in the Rhesus Monkey: Effects of Self-Injurious Behavior"
Position: Senior Scientist at Biotrofix, Inc. 
Christina Metevier

Christina Metevier

Chair/Advisor: Melinda Novak
Dissertation Title: "Tool Using in Rhesus Monkeys and 36-Month-Old Children: Acquisition, Comprehension, and Individual Differences"
Position: Lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Heather A. Molenda-Figueira

Heather A. Molenda-Figueira

Chair/Advisor: Marc Tetel
Dissertation Title: "Nuclear Receptor Coactivators Modulate Hormone-Dependent Gene Expression in Brain and Female Reproductive Behavior in Rats"
Position: Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point
Robert J. Polewan

Robert J. Polewan

Chair/Advisor: John Moore
Dissertation Title: "Physiological and Behavior Studies of Rabbit Eyeblink Conditioning Under Temporal Uncertainty: Purkinje Cell Response and Compound Conditioning"
Position: Assistant Professor, Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX Previous position:  Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Trisha K. Prunty

Trisha K. Prunty

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Comparison of Child (Homo sapiens) and Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) Search Strategies on Invisible Displacement Tasks"
Position: Associate Professor, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Lindenwood- Belleville University 
Sarah C. Strand

Sarah C. Strand

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: Impact of Early Rearing Environment on the Behavior and Physiology of Juvenile and Adolescent Mother-Peer, Surrogate-Peer, and Peer-Only Reared Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta)
Position: Staff Research Associate III-Supervisor, Brain, Mind and Behavior Unit, California National Primate Research Center, Davis, California Lecturer in Psychology, California State University Sacremento

2004

Princy Quadros Mennella

Princy Quadros Mennella

Chair/Advisor: Christine Wagner
Dissertation Title: "New Insights into Steroid Hormone Regulation of Progesterone Receptor Expression: Age, Sex and Region Predict Estradiol Action in the Rat Brain"
Position: Director, Neuroscience Program, Bay Path College
Erich N. Ottem

Erich N. Ottem

Chair/Advisor: Sandra Petersen
Dissertation Title: "Glutamatergic and GABAerigic Regulation of Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone Neurons"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan

2003

Stephan Froggett

Stephan Froggett

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Endocytosis Dependent Critical Periods Mediated Proper Giant Fiber Escape Circuit Development in Drosophila melanogaster"
Position: Science Advisor, Foreign Agricultural Service, USDA/OSTA/NTPMD, Washington, D.C.
Susan Kralian

Susan Kralian

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Stabilization of the Frog Neuromuscular Junction: Terminal Schwann Cells and the Actin Cytoskeleton"
Position: President and Chief Medical Writer, Oncology Medical Writing Services, Inc., New York 

2002

Amy L. Bennett

Amy L. Bennett

Chair/Advisor: Jeffrey D. Blaustein
Dissertation Title: "An Investigation of the Mechanisms by Which Mating Stimulation Facilitates and Terminates Sexual Receptivity in Female Rats"
Position: Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, Villa Julie College, Stevenson, Maryland
Tina Han

Tina Han

Chair/Advisor: Geert De Vries
Dissertation Title: "Sexual Differentiation of Arginine Vasopressin Expression in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminalis and Medial Amygdala in Rats"
Position: Field Applications Specialist, Affymetrix, Inc. Santa Clara, California
Juli Jones

Juli Jones

Chair/Advisor: George Wade
Dissertation Title: "Neuroendocrine Bases of Nutritional Infertility in Syrian Hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus)"
Position: Principal Scientist, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals
Alison McReynolds

Alison McReynolds

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "An in vivo Investigation of the Role of the 5-HT 1A Receptor in Brain Development"
Position: Professional Education Scientific Manager, Teva Neuroscience (field based position in Aurora, Colorado)
Susan L. Zup

Susan L. Zup

Chair/Advisor: Nancy Forger
Dissertation Title: "The Role of Bcl-2 Family Members in Sexual Differentiation and Adult Neural Plasticity"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Boston

2001

Meredith Curran-Rauhut

Meredith Curran-Rauhut

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "The Role of Brainstem Noradrenergic Neurons in Communicating Steroid Hormone Signals to Luteinizing Hormone-Releasing Hormone Neurons"
Position: Adjunct Faculty, Departments of Biology and Psychology, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Skirmantas Janusonis

Skirmantas Janusonis

Chair/Advisor: Katherine Fite
Dissertation Title: Anatomical and Functional Analysis of the Subdivisions of the Dorsal Raphe Nucleus in the Mongolian Gerbil (Meriones unguiculatus)
Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara
Stefan Tiefenbacher

Stefan Tiefenbacher

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "The Pathophysiology of Self-Injurious Behavior in Rhesus Macaques"
Position: Associate Vice Presiden, Labcorp, Esoterix, Inc., Englewood, Colorado

2000

Jerry Russell Keath

Jerry Russell Keath

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "An Analysis of the Desensitization of PC12 Cells to ATP"
Position: Study Director, ChanTest Corporation, Cleveland, Ohio
Young-Ho Koh

Young-Ho Koh

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Synapse Assembly: Role of DLG in Synaptic Plasticity and its Regulation by Ca2+/Calmodulin-Dependent Kinase II"
Position: Associate Professor, Ilsong Institute of Life Science, Hallym University, Republic of Korea
Yue Ma

Yue Ma

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Characterization and Functional Analyses of Sox Genefish-hook in Drosophila Embryonic Development"
Position: Professor, Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing China
Constanza A. Villalba

Constanza A. Villalba

Chair/Advisor: Geert De Vries
Dissertation Title: "Neurochemical Control of Social Behavior in Male and Female Prairie Voles"
Position: Medical Writer and Editor, Health Dialog, Inc. Boston, Ma; Executive Editor, Health News at Massachusetts

1999

Catherine J. Auger

Catherine J. Auger

Chair/Advisor: Geert De Vries
Dissertation Title: "The Role of Progestin Receptors in Arginine Vasopressin Cells in the Bed Nucleus of the Stria Terminals and the Centromedial Amygdala of Rats and Mice"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Darlene H. Brunzell

Darlene H. Brunzell

Chair/Advisor: Jerrold Meyer
Dissertation Title: "The Long-Term Effects of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure on Learning in Rats"
Position: Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia

June Seek Choi

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Classical Eyeblink Conditioning with Mixed Interstimulus Intervals: Temporal Integration of Response Topography and Neuronal Correlates"
Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Korea University, Seoul, Korea
Lucille M. Collins

Lucille M. Collins

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Neurotensin Gene Expression in a Rat Model of Prenatal Cocaine Exposure"
Position: Educational Information Consultant, Medical University of the Americas, Charlestown, Nevis, West Indies
Anitha K. Panicker

Anitha K. Panicker

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Neural Mechanisms Regulating Metabolic Fuel Deprivation-induced Infertility in Syrian Hamsters"
Position: Postdoc, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Anthony S. Rauhut

Anthony S. Rauhut

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "A Reanalysis of Cue-Competition Effects in Pavlovian Fear Conditioning in Rats: Implications for Neuronal Theories of Learning and Memory"
Position: Associate Professor of Psychology, Director of Neuroscience Program, Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

1998

Anthony P. Auger

Anthony P. Auger

Chair/Advisor: Jeffrey D. Blaustein
Dissertation Title: "A Novel Pathway for Progestin Receptor Activation that influences Both Neuronal Response and Behavior in Female Rats"
Position: Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
Horacio O. de la Iglesia

Horacio O. de la Iglesia

Chair/Advisor: Eric Bittman
Dissertation Title: "Interactions Between the Circadian and Reproductive Systems of the Female Syrian Hamster"
Position: Professor, University of Washington, Department of Biology, Seattle
Ping Jin

Ping Jin

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Neural Plasticity and its Molecular Mechanisms in Drosophila"
Position: Clinical Pain Fellow, MGM Pain Center, Massachusetts General Hospital (teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School), Boston, Massachusetts
Robert Mangels

Robert Mangels

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Effect of Photoperiod on Steroid Receptors and Responsiveness to Sociosexual Stimuli in Female Syrian Hamsters"
Position: Assistant Dean, Science & Engineering, Yale University Graduate School, New Haven, Connecticut
Janice E. McPhee

Janice E. McPhee

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Latently Inhibited Stimuli are Weakened in their Ability to Serve as Blockers and Second Order Reinforcers in Pavlovian Fear Conditioning"
Position: Professor of Psychology, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft Myers, Florida
Suman Reddy

Suman Reddy

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Characterization of stalled, A Grooming Mutant that Interacts with Laminin"
Position: Associate Scientist, Cambria Biosciences, Bedford, Massachusetts

1997

Yuzhi Chen

Yuzhi Chen

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Simian Virus 40 Signaling Promotes Viral Entry to Caveolae and MAB Against MHC Class I Induces Adhesion of Fibroblasts to T Cells"
Position: Assistant Professor, Dept of Geriatrics and Dept of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas

Anna Dunaevsky

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "The Role of Target Muscle Fibers in the Maintenance of the Frog Motor Nerve Terminals"
Position: Associate Professor of Developmental Neuroscience at the Munroe Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation at the University of Nebraska Medical Center
Lei Zhou

Lei Zhou

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Programmed Cell Death and Central Nervous System (CNS) Midline Function in Drosophila Embryonic Development"
Position: Associate Professor, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, University of Florida, Gainesville

1996

José E. Burgos

José E. Burgos

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Computational Explorations of the Evolution of Artificial Neural Networks in Pavlovian Environments"
Position: Full Professor and Researcher, Centro de Estudios e Investigaciones en Comportamiento, Universidad de Guadalajara, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Andrew A. Hill

Andrew A. Hill

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Synaptic Dynamics and Neuronal Integration in the Cricket Cercal Sensory System"
Position: Assistant Professor, Dept Biological Sciences, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey
Zheng Li

Zheng Li

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "GABAergic Organization in the Visual System of the Leopard Frog, Rana pipiens"
Position: General Manager & Head of Research, Lundbeck Research, China
Lauren P. Shearman

Lauren P. Shearman

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Cocaine-Sensitive Monoamine Transporters in Rat Placenta Labeled with [125I]RTI-55 and [3H]Nisoxetine
Position: Associate Director, Scientific Liaison, External Scientific Affairs, Merck & Co., Inc West Point, Pennsylvania
Joanne C. Turcotte

Joanne C. Turcotte

Chair/Advisor: Jeffrey D. Blaustein
Dissertation Title: "Projections From the Estrogen Receptor-Rich Region of the Hypothalamus to Other Estrogen-Containing Sites in Female Guinea Pigs"
Position: Formerly Assistant Research Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass
Christopher J. Tyler

Christopher J. Tyler

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "The Retinofugal Projection in Rana Pipiens: I. The optic projection within the perichiasm and evidence for the realignment of the dual retinotopic organization. II. Morphological Organization of the optic nerve and tract."
Position: Biology Teacher, Harrison High School, Harrison, New York

1995

Rocio Vegas

Rocio Vegas

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Appetitive Vlassical Conditioning of the Swallowing Response in the Pigeon (Columba Livia): Effects of the CS-US and CS-UR Relations"
Position: Director of the Institute of Psychology, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Faculty of Humanities and Education, Caracas, Venezuela

1994

Graeme W. Davis

Graeme W. Davis

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Synaptic Matching in the Cricket Cercal Sensory System"
Position: Albert Bowers Professor and Chair Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics University of California San Francisco
Thomas P. Goodness

Thomas P. Goodness

Chair/Advisor: Geert De Vries
Dissertation Title: "The Neural Response of Prairie Voles (Microtus ochrogaster) to Conspecific Odors"
Position: Development Assistant Director, Technology Transfer, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Frank W. Grasso

Frank W. Grasso

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "PAN: A Model of Knowledge Representation in the Visual Cortex"
Position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Director of Biomimetic and Cognitive Robotics Lab, Brooklyn
Hui-Yun Yi

Hui-Yun Yi

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Neural Mechanisms and Pathways Involved in Fuel Restriction-Induced Changes in Estrous Behavior in Syrian Hamsters"
Position: Associate Professor, Department of Natural Sciences, Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls, Oregon

1993

Hussien A. Al-Shamma

Hussien A. Al-Shamma

Chair/Advisor: Geert De Vries
Dissertation Title: "The Development of Morphology of the Sexually Dimorphic Vasopressin System of the Rat Brain"
Position: Senior Director of Pharmacology, Arena Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, California

Sandra J. Berriman

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Expression of fos-like Proteins in Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone (GNRH) Neurons in Syrian Hamsters: Effects of Estrous Cycles and Metabolic Fuels"
Position: Senior Regional Medical & Research Specialist, Urology/Sexual Medicine, Pfizer US Medical, Highland Park, Illinois
Rick A. Bevins

Rick A. Bevins

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "A Simple Model System for Studying Pavlovian Conditioning: One-trial Context Fear Conditioning"
Position: Willa Cather Professor & Chair of Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Kathleen A. Parks

Kathleen A. Parks

Chair/Advisor: Melinda Novak
Dissertation Title: "Longitudinal Study of the Social Aspects of Aging in Captive Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta)"
Position: Senior Research Scientist, SUNY Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions, Buffalo, New York

Kirsten Ricciardi

Chair/Advisor: Jeffrey D. Blaustein
Dissertation Title: "Progestin Receptor and Substance P Containing Neurons in the Ventrolateral Hypothalamus and their Efferents in Guinea Pigs"
Position: Formerly Postdoctoral Research Associate, Physiology and Biophysics Dept, University of Washington, Seattle
Thomas N. Ricciardi

Thomas N. Ricciardi

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Neural Elements and Motor Patterns Underlying Egg Progression in the Cricket, Acheta Domesticus"
Position: Consultant & Director of Informatics, Blackbird Solutions, Inc. Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, Oregon Health & Science University
Marc J. Tetel

Marc J. Tetel

Chair/Advisor: Jeffrey D. Blaustein
Dissertation Title: "Intraneuronal Convergence of Environmental and Hormonal Stimuli Associated with Female Reproduction in Rats"
Position: Associate Professor, Neuroscience Program, Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts

1992

Anita J. Bhatia

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Effects of Pregnancy and Ovarian Steroids on Energy Balance in Syrian Hamsters"
Position: Health Insurance Specialist, Office of Clinical Standards and Quality, Quality Improvement Group, Division of Quality Improvement Policy for Acute Care, Baltimore, Maryland

Kevin C. Clements

Chair/Advisor: Alan Kamil
Dissertation Title: "Patch Departure Decisions of Blue Jays (Cyanocitta cristata) Foraging in a Multiple Patch, Closed Economy System"
Position: 1995-present Computer Consultant, Pen-Link, Ltd., Lincoln, Nebraska
Yvon Delville

Yvon Delville

Chair/Advisor: Jeffrey D. Blaustein
Dissertation Title: "Localization of Sites for Estradiol Priming of Progesterone-Facilitated Sexual Receptivity in Female Guinea Pigs"
Position: Professor, Psychology Department, University of Texas Austin

1991

Walter J. Atwood

Walter J. Atwood

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Major Histocompatibility Complex Encoded HLA Class I Proteins Are Cell Surface Receptors for the Simian Virus 40"
Position: Professor of Medical Science Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

Diane Hayden-Hixon

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Glucocorticoids and Agonistic Responding in Male Hamsters: A Behavioral Neuroanatomical and Neurochemical Analysis"
Position: Team Leader, Research, Osteoporosis Progressive Resistance Training (PRT) Exercise Program

1990

Melody L. Albert

Chair/Advisor: Joe Ayres
Dissertation Title: "Conditioning to a Compound CS and the Observation of CS-Elicited Defensive Behavior in 1-Trial Simultaneous and Backward Conditioning Procedures Using Tone and Light CSs"
Position: Department of Psychology, Condordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota
Diana E. Jennings

Diana E. Jennings

Chair/Advisor:
Dissertation Title: "Computational and Behavioral Investigations of Real-Time Models of Classical Conditioning"
Position: NIAC Associate Director