Welcome to our Neurodevelopmental Brain & Behavior Laboratory

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.

Lab Rats

Those interested in working in the lab (i.e. post-doc, graduate or undergraduate positions) should contact Dr. Kentner by e-mail (amanda.kentner@mcphs.edu) 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 Kentner

Amanda (Mandy) Kentner is an Associate Professor of Psychology at MCPHS University 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.

Karen Nunez

Karen is in the Masters of Pharmacology program evaluating sex differences following gestational inflammation. She is currently exploring the effects of this early life challenge on the fetal and juvenile periods of development.

Siyang Yan

Siyang Yan is in the Master of Pharmaceutical Sciences program and is working in our laboratory as a research intern. Her work is exploring the role of neonatal inflammation on adolescent behavior and physiology.

Jenny Nguyen

Jenny is a Doctor of Pharmacy candidate. She is interested in how exposure to chemical endocrine disruptors in early life alters gene expression in the developing nervous system. 


Molly MacRae - Emergency medical technician and researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston MA 

Erika Queiroz - Researcher at Boston Biomedical, Cambridge MA

Urma Khan - Nursing program at Northeastern University, Boston MA

Shelby Pillsbury - Pharmacist, CT

Tiffany Macrina - Occupational Therapy program at Springfield College, Springfield MA

Eric Connors - Clinical PhD Psychology program at Alliant International University, San Diego, CA

Antoine Khoury - Laboratory instructor at MCPHS University, Boston MA

Megan Small- New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM)

Contact Information

School of Arts & Sciences
MCPHS University
179 Longwood Avenue
Boston Massachusetts

email: amanda.kentner@mcphs.edu
179 longwood avenue boston