Former Graduate Students

Nicole Ferrara, Ph.D., 2018

Dissertation: Auditory and Contextual Contributions to Memory Lability and Synaptic Destabilization in the Amygdala

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science

David Reis, Ph.D., 2017

Dissertation: Sex differences in differential fear conditioning during the acquisition and consolidation of learned safety

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Psychology, Emory University 

Douglas Schultz, Ph.D., 2014

Dissertation: Changes in resting state functional connectivity following delay and trace fear conditioning acquisition and extinction

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University

Nicholas Balderston, Ph.D., 2013 (Chateaubriand Fellow)

Dissertation: Neural responses during trace conditioning with face and non-face stimuli recorded with magnetoencephalography

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, National Institute of Mental Health

Janine Kwapis, Ph.D., 2013 (NRSA Fellow)

Dissertation: The role of the amygdala, retrosplenial cortex, and medial prefrontal cortex in trace fear extinction and reconsolidation

Current position: Postdoctoral fellow, Center for Learning & Memory, University of California-Irvine

Timothy Jarome, Ph.D., 2013 (NRSA Fellow)

Dissertation: The role of CaMKII/PKA-protein degradation-GLUR2 pathway in the control of memory updating following retrieval

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurobiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mary Lonergan, Ph.D., 2012

Dissertation: The interaction of mammalian target of rapamycin and extracellular signal-regulated kinase during memory consolidation

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Mount Mary College

Georgette Gafford, Ph.D., 2008

Dissertation: Molecular mechanisms of recent and remote context fear memory

Current position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine

Ryan Parsons, Ph.D., 2008

Dissertation: The ventrolateral periaqueductal gray contributes to the extinction of conditional fear and related changes in the medial prefrontal cortex

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University

Jennifer Geiger, Ph.D., 2008

Dissertation: Neural encoding of contextual cues during fear extinction and reinstatement

Current position: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Private Practice in Louisville, CO

Dominic Cheng, Ph.D., 2005

Dissertation: Neural correlates of response expression during fear learning: Conditioning and awareness

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Auburn University

Christine Smith, Ph.D., 2003

Dissertation: Network analysis of human fear conditioning: Differential acquisition, extinction, and reversal

Current position: Staff Scientist, Department of Psychiatry and VA Medical Center, University of California-San Diego

Maeng-Sik Shin, Ph.D., 2002

Dissertation: Neuropeptide circuitry of the amygdala related to antinociception

Current position: Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee 

David Knight, Ph.D., 2002

Dissertation: Event-related fMRI of neural substrates mediating human delay and trace fear conditioning

Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham / Director, Functional Imaging Lab, Civitan International Research Center

Patrick S. Frost-Bellgowan, Ph.D., 1997

Dissertation: The contribution of selected population of cells within the amygdala and periaqueductal gray to learning versus performance of fear responses

Current position: Program Director, National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Sheralee A. Tershner, Ph.D., 1996

Dissertation: A systematic examination of putative neurotransmitter released in the periaqueductal gray during hypoalgesia produced by opioid stimulation of the rat amygdala

Current position: Professor, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience Program Director, Western New England College, Springfield, Massachusetts

Nancy A. (Johnson) Kennedy, Ph.D., 1996

Dissertation: The relationship of anxiety and nociception in humans

Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Northwestern University School of Medicine


Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Patrick Cullen, Ph.D.

Current position: Human Factors Scientist, Exponent

Marieke Gilmartin, Ph.D.

Current position: Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Marquette University

Taekwan Lee, Ph.D.

Current position: Principal Researcher at Daegu Gyeongbuk Medical Innovation Foundation


Former Visiting Scientists

Bo Xu, Ph.D.

Current position: Professor, Institute of Sports and Nutrition, East China Normal University

Hayley Foo, Ph.D.

Current position: Senior Research Associate, Penn State College of Medicine


Former Undergraduate Students

  • Greg Gale, Ph.D.
  • David Bailey, Ph.D.
  • Julie Tetzlaff, Ph.D.
  • Catherine (Cook) Kaczorowski, Ph.D.
  • David Baruch
  • Brady Riedner
  • Rebekah Phillips
  • Ewelina Chiu
  • Carly Leahey
  • Craig Werner
  • Janet Schiff