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Department of Psychology

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Jennifer Thomson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biopsychology


Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

Ph.D., University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

B.S., Rider University

Teaching Interests: Biological Basis of Behavior, Drug and Alcohol Addiction
Research: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Addiction, Stress and Health, Learning and Memory, Psychoneuroimmunology
Current Projects:

Szczytkowski, J.L., Fuchs, R.A., & Lysle, D.T. (2011). Ventral tegmental area-basolateral amygdala-nucleus accumbens shell neurocircuitry controls the expression of heroin-conditioned immunomodulation.  Journal of Neuroimmunology, 237, 47-56.


Szczytkowski, J.L., & Lysle, D.T.  (2011). Conditioned Immunomodulation. In T. Schachtman & S. Reilly (Eds.), Associative Learning and Conditioning: Human and Animal Applications.  (pp. 191-212). New York: Oxford University Press.


Szczytkowski, J.L., & Lysle, D.T. (2010) Dopamine D1 receptors within the basolateral amygdala mediate heroin-induced conditioned immunomodulation. Journal of Neuroimmunology, 226, 38-47.

Recent Research Talks:

Szczytkowski, J.L.  “Heroin-Induced Conditioned Immunomodulation.” Pavlovian Society Annual Meeting. Milwaukee, WI. Oct.  2011.


Szczytkowski, J.L.  “Conditioned Immunomodulation.”  NIH Workshop: The Placebo Effect.  Bethesda, MD.  28 Jan. 2010.

Recent Poster Presentations:

Szczytkowski, J.L., Lebonville, C.L., & Lysle, D.T. (2011, October) Heroin-Induced Conditioned Immunomodulation: Neural Circuitry.  Poster presentation at the Pavlovian Society annual meeting, Milwaukee, WI.


Szczytkowski, J.L., & Lysle, D.T. (2010, April) Functional disconnection of the Ventral Tegmental Area-Basolateral Amygdala-Nucleus Accumbens Circuit Disrupts Heroin-Induced Conditioned Immunomodulation.  Poster presentation at the Society on Neuroimmune Pharmacology annual meeting, Manhattan Beach, CA.


Spending time with family, geneology, visiting civil war battlefields

Contact Information: Boyer 375;; (717) 796-1800, ext. 2016


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