Education and Training
University of North Carolina, Asheville, BA, Psychology 1996
Appalachian State University, MA, Experimental Psychology 1999
University of Vermont, PhD, Experimental Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience 2005
Rutgers University, Postdoctoral Fellow, Behavioral Neuroscience 2008
University of Maryland, Baltimore, Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuroscience and Neuroendocrinology 2011
Dr. Waddell's research focuses on developmental brain injury and recovery with a focus on sex differences. Dr. Waddell's training focused heavily on Pavlovian conditioning, learning and contextual modulation of acquired associations. She now applies this background in rodent models of hypoxic ischemic brain injury and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders to understand how to improve long-term functional outcomes. Our laboratory finds that male rats appear more vulnerable in injury and that reparative mechanisms diverge between the sexes.
Conditioned eyeblink reflex, startle reflex, hypoxia ischemia, neonate, sex differences
Waddell, J., Hanscom, M., Edwards, N. S., McKenna, M. C. & McCarthy, M. M. (2015). Sex differences in cell genesis, hippocampal volume and behavioral outcomes in a rat model of neonatal HI. Experimental Neurology, S0014-4886(15)30085-6. doi:10.1016. PMID: 26376217.
Tang, S., Xu, S., Lu, X., Gullapalli, R. P., McKenna, M. C. & Waddell, J.(2017). Neuroprotective effects of acetyl-L-carnitine on neonatal hypoxia ischemia-induced brain injury in Rats. Developmental Neuroscience 23;38(5):384-396. doi: 10.1159/000455041. PubMed PMID: 28226317.
Waddell, J., Bangasser, D. & Shors, T. J. (2008). The basolateral nucleus of the amygdala is necessary to induce the opposing effects of stressful experience on learning in males and females. Journal of Neuroscience, 28, 5290-5294. PMID: 18480285.