Jessica Anderson Faculty Biography

Jessica Anderson, Associate Professor of Neuroscience and the Neuroscience Program Director, earned her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Binghamton University and her M.A. in Psychology from the University of Connecticut. She teaches courses such as Psychopharmacology, Brain and Behavior, Psychological Statistics and Senior Seminar in Psychology. In addition to teaching, Dr. Anderson runs a Biological Psych/Behavioral Neuroscience laboratory, which utilizes a rodent model to research the consequences of early life exposure to “readily available drugs”. In particular, the lab is interested in the long-term consequences of “drugs” such as sugar, fat, alcohol and caffeine during adolescence on adult behaviors (such as motivation and addiction). Her research also focuses on the neurobiological mechanisms that underlie these behavioral impairments.

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