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Neuroscience at AU

The Department of Neuroscience integrates faculty throughout the College of Arts and Sciences into a range of projects aimed at understanding the interrelationships between the brain and behavior. Neuroscience and affiliated faculty support degrees in numerous related programs, in addition to the BS and PhD:

Research Labs & Projects

Recent Publications

Clasen, M., Sanon, T., Hempel, B., Nelson, K., Kearns, D., Davidson, T., & Riley, A. Ad-libitum high fat diet consumption during adolescence and adulthood impacts the intravenous self-administration of cocaine in male Sprague-Dawley rats. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 2020, 28, 32-43.

Riley, A., Nelson, K., To, P., López-Arnau, R., Xu, P., Wang, D., Wang, D., Shen, H-W., Kuhn, D., Angoa-Perez, M., Anneken, J., Muskiewicz, D., & Hall, F. Abuse potential and toxicity of the synthetic cathinones (i.e., “Bath Salts”). Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 2020, 110, 150-173.

Duncan KA & Saldanha CJ. (2020). Central aromatization: a dramatic and responsive defense against threat and trauma to the vertebrate brain. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology. 56: 100816. Epub Nov 28, 2019.

Bailey, DJ & Saldanha, CJ. (2020). Estrogenic regulation of spatial memory in songbirds. In: Estrogens and Memory: Basic Research and Clinical Implications. Frick KM (Ed). Oxford University Press.

McGrath L.M. and Stoodley C.J. 2019. Are there shared neural correlates between Dyslexia and ADHD? A meta-analysis of voxel-based morphometry studies. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 11:31.

Stoodley C.J., D’Mello A.M.**, Ellegood J., Jakkamsetti V., Liu P., Nebel M.B., Gibson J., Kelly E., Meng F., Cano C., Pascual J., Mostofsky S.H., Lerch J.P., and Tsai P.T. 2017. Altered cerebellar connectivity in autism spectrum disorders and cerebellar-mediated rescue of autism-related behaviors in mice. Nature Neuroscience 20:1744–1751.


Two Neuroscience undergrads and three BCaN PhD candidates won awards for their research at the 2020 virtual Mathias Conference.

Linda Amarante (PhD, BCaN '20) won American University's 2020 Outstanding Scholarship at the Graduate Level Award.

Brendan Tunstall (PhD, BCaN) was awarded an National Institutes of Health K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award for his post-doctoral research.

Terry Davidson has been appointed as a Distinguished Professor of Neuroscience by American University’s Board of Trustees.

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