Department of Psychology
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience
College of Medicine
051 Psychology Building
1835 Neil Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
Research Interests: Dr. Leuner investigates structural plasticity in the adult brain, its modification by endocrine and experiential factors and the functional consequences of these changes. Her specific interests focus on the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex; adult neurogenesis, dendritic spine alterations and dendritic remodeling; cognitive, emotional and social behaviors including learning, memory, attention, anxiety, reproduction and maternal care; and neuropeptide hormones, particularly oxytocin.
Her research team addresses questions such as:
- How does the brain change with experience?
- Does structural plasticity underlie changes in brain function?
- How does the brain protect itself from drastic alterations in hormone levels that occur as a result of life altering experiences?
Research Techniques: Her laboratory relies on a variety of research tools from behavioral neuroscience, cellular and molecular biology, neuroendocrinology and neuroanatomy.
Degree: PhD, Rutgers University
Postdoctoral: Princeton University