Sex-Modulated Dopamine Activities During Exploration

Neuropsychiatric disorders are a significant public health challenge in Minnesota. This includes disorders of reward processing such as addiction, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism which are highly gender biased in their presentation. Essentially every neuropsychiatric disorder is sex-biased in presentation and diagnosis. However, what remains unclear is how sex-modulated biological mechanisms impact cognitive processes that confer vulnerability and/or resilience to mental health challenges. Cathy Chen's research will identify critical sex-modulated neural circuits and mechanisms of reward processing to target for neuromodulatory interventions, and potentially develop into a new class of treatment for Minnesotans who are struggling with neuropsychiatric disorders.

Graduate Fellow: Sijin 'Cathy' Chen, Psychology

Mentor: Nicola Grissom, Ph.D., Psychology