- BSc, Biology, Hobart College
- PhD, Biology, Tufts University
- Postdoctoral Training, Tufts University; Northeastern University
My research is focused on stress-induced postpartum maternal behavioral disorders. Postpartum behavioral disorders in humans can have negative effects on the health of both mother and offspring, but little is known about the development of these disorders. Although chronic stress is a known risk factor for depression, and depression is frequently associated with impaired maternal behavior, how chronic stress during lactation affects maternal behavior is unknown. My group is particularly focused on how chronic social stress, an ethologically relevant stressor, impacts maternal behavior. We use behavioral observation, physiological monitoring, molecular genetics, neuroendocrine manipulation, and functional MRI to investigate this question.