What We Do
Our work explores the effects of environmental stressors (e.g. maternal/neonatal infection, psychogenic manipulations, drugs and other neurotoxicants) on the developing brain. We also have a particular interest in evaluating factors that offer neuroprotective and/or rehabilitative potential (e.g. environmental enrichment, maternal care, pharmacological agents) against early-life adversity.
Those interested in working in the lab (i.e. post-doc, graduate or undergraduate positions) should contact Dr. Kentner by e-mail ([email protected]) and include a current Curriculum vitae along with a description of their research interests. Preferred undergraduates include those who have taken (and done well in!) at least one of Dr. Kentner's courses: BEH341 (Biological Psychology), BEH457 (Drugs & Behavior), or BEH454 (Stress & Illness).
Amanda (Mandy) Kentner is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences in Boston Massachusetts. She earned her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Ottawa, Canada, focusing on sex differences in depression and brain stimulation reward. Current research involves the neuroprotective/rehabilitative role of the environment on health and behavior following perinatal inflammation. She also earned a clinical research certification and consults on good clinical practice (GCP) principles and regulations, in addition to study design, in human participant research.
Jenny is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate and also works as a Pharmacy Technician at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital. She is interested in how exposure to chemical endocrine disruptors in early life alters gene expression in the developing nervous system.
Stephanie is a third year major in the Pharmacology & Toxicology program investigating social behaviors following environmental enrichment housing. She is working with us as a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF).
Karen Nunez - MS Pharmacology '16
Clinical Research Associate at Alliance Research Centers, San Diego CA.
Siyang Yan - MS Pharmaceutics '16
Laboratory Technician at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA
Molly MacRae - BS Premed '16
Emergency medical technician and researcher at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center for Leukemia, Boston MA
Urma Khan - BS Health Sciences '16
Nursing program at Northeastern University, Boston MA
Tiffany Macrina - BS Health Psychology '16
Occupational Therapist, CT