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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.

For a current list of scientific publications see Pubmed

Selected recent publications:

Less can be more: Fine tuning the maternal brain. Pawluski JL, Hoekzema E, Leuner B, Lonstein JS.Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2022 Feb;133:104475. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2021.11.045. Epub 2021 Dec 2.PMID: 34864004 Review.

The brain oxytocin and corticotropin-releasing factor systems in grieving mothers: What we know and what we need to learn. Demarchi L, Pawluski JL, Bosch OJ.Peptides. 2021 Sep;143:170593. doi: 10.1016/j.peptides.2021.170593. Epub 2021 Jun 6.PMID: 34091013 Review

Neurobiology of peripartum mental illness. Pawluski JL, Swain JE, Lonstein JS.Handb Clin Neurol. 2021;182:63-82. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-819973-2.00005-8.PMID: 34266612 Review.

Perinatal selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) and other antidepressant exposure effects on anxiety and depressive behaviors in offspring: A review of findings in humans and rodent models. Hutchison SM, Mâsse LC, Pawluski JL, Oberlander TF.Reprod Toxicol. 2021 Jan;99:80-95. doi: 10.1016/j.reprotox.2020.11.013. Epub 2020 Nov 27.PMID: 33253794 Review.

Moving Forward From COVID-19: Bridging Knowledge Gaps in Maternal Health With a New Conceptual Model. Dickens MJ, Pawluski JL, Romero LM.Front Glob Womens Health. 2020 Nov 4;1:586697. doi: 10.3389/fgwh.2020.586697. eCollection 2020.PMID: 34816162 Free PMC article.

Sex matters in neuroscience and neuropsychopharmacology. Pawluski JL, Kokras N, Charlier TD, Dalla C.Eur J Neurosci. 2020 Jul;52(1):2423-2428. doi: 10.1111/ejn.14880. Epub 2020 Jul 3.PMID: 32578303

Effect of sertraline on central serotonin and hippocampal plasticity in pregnant and non-pregnant rats. Pawluski JL, Paravatou R, Even A, Cobraiville G, Fillet M, Kokras N, Dalla C, Charlier TD.Neuropharmacology. 2020 Apr;166:107950. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2020.107950. Epub 2020 Jan 11.PMID: 31935392