Jessica A. Siegel

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Kennedy Fellow; Chair of Neuroscience
B.A., University of Puget Sound; Ph.D. (Behavioral Neuroscience), Oregon Health & Science University

Jessica Siegel taught at Sewanee Fall 2011 through Spring 2015.  She received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound and in May 2011 earned her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Siegel’s graduate research focused on the long-term effects of methamphetamine exposure during brain development on behavior and the brain acetylcholine system in adolescent and adult mice.

At Sewanee, professor Siegel hopes to continue along a similar line of research, expanding to examine the effect of exposure to other drugs of abuse that are commonly used during pregnancy (cocaine, nicotine, alcohol). She also plans to examine the effects of drug exposure on multiple aspects of brain function, such as the cholinergic, GABAergic and glutamatergic neurotransmitter systems. Furthermore, professor Siegel is interested in how exposure to drugs of abuse during brain development alters behavior and cognitive function later in life using a wide variety of behavioral and cognitive tests for rodents. In addition to studying the effects of drug exposure in a rodent model, she hopes to expand her research to examine how drug exposure during brain development affects behavior and cognition in humans.

Courses offered
   100  Introduction to Psychology
   101  Principles of Psychology
   254  Introduction to Behavioral Neuroscience
   349  Drugs and Behavior
   359  Advanced Behavioral Neuroscience