Much of my early research has focused on understanding how motherhood impacts hippocampal plasticity, cognition, and related physiology in the maternal brain. Over the past decade I have expanded this research program to focus on how stress and antidepressant medications during the perinatal period alter maternal brain, behavior and offspring outcomes. I work with both animal models and clinical populations.
Details: Currently my research is affiliated with the Irset (Institut de recherche en santé, environnement et travail) at the Universite de Rennes 1, France. I do research in the group headed by Prof Thierry Charlier and continue to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. I have over 60 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and regularly present my research findings at national and international conferences. My research has been supported by funding from agencies such as the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD 2015) and Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgique) and presently is funded by Institut des Neurosciences Cliniques de Rennes (INCR). I am on the editorial board for Archives of Women’s Mental Health (Springer), Journal of Neuroendocrinology (Wiley), Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy (Elsevier), and Frontiers in Global Women's Health. I'm also a Fellow of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society.