Glasper, Erica

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
2123M Biology-Psychology Building
Phone: 
301-405-2877

My long-term research goal is to elucidate mechanisms that contribute to experience-induced neuroplasticity. We use a number of techniques, including imaging, behavior, hormone analysis, and rtPCR to determine the extent to which experiences, like parenting or stress, modulate both the structure and function of the brain. One of our aims is to determine how adult neurogenesis, dendritic morphology, and the regulation of emotions are influenced by fatherhood.  Interestingly, the survival of newborn neurons and the reduced anxiety-like behavior are observed in postpartum males, but only during a time of enhanced interaction with offspring. We are currently exploring what neuromodulators may be responsible for these observed effects. 

General Research Interests: 
  • Hormone, brain, and behavior Interactions
  • Mechanisms contributing to fatherhood-induced neuroplasticity
Background: 

Dr. Glasper received her BA in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA. After earning both a MA and PhD in Psychobiology and Behavioral Neuroscience from The Ohio State University, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton University. Dr. Glasper is now an Assistant Professor in Psychology and the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science graduate program, where she heads the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Lab.