Stress is associated with the onset and severity of a number of psychiatric illnesses, including mood and anxiety disorders. Although all of us experience stress, not everyone goes on to develop these disorders. The Neuroendocrinology and Behavior Laboratory (NBL) uses a variety of techniques from behavioral neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, and cellular and molecular biology to identify biological mechanisms that confer vulnerability or resilience to stress and stress-related psychiatric disorders.
Specific interests of our research include:
- Stress effects on attention and other cognitive processes
- Sex differences in stress-related receptors
- Gonadal hormone modulation of stress response systems throughout the lifespan