Alexa H. Veenema, PhD
Associate Professor, Psychology
Ph.D., 2003, University of Groningen
East Lansing Campus
Our research focuses on understanding the roles of the neuropeptides vasopressin and oxytocin in regulating social behavior (such as social play, social novelty-seeking, social recognition, social investigation, and sociosexual motivation) and how this is modulated by age, sex, and early life stress. We use rats as model organisms and employ a combination of behavioral, molecular, biochemical, and pharmacological techniques to address our research questions.