I am a behavioral neuroscientist whose research focuses on the ontogenetic development of learning and memory systems. In my lab, we use rodent models (e.g. rats) to characterize the behavioral changes associated with the development of different learning systems and examine the psychobiological mechanisms responsible for their emergence. Recently, my research has focused on how early life factors can influence the ontogenetic profile of emotional learning systems, including how maternal maltreatment and perinatal drug exposure disrupt typical development of learning and memory. My research combines extensive behavioral analyses with methods from neuropharmacology, molecular biology, and other areas to determine the relationship between the brain and developing behavior. Using these methods, we hope to understand the typical development of learning and memory systems, how this development can be disrupted by early life events and develop potential interventions to help mitigate the deleterious effects of these events. No prior work with animals is required to join my lab. For a list of recent publications, follow this link.