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Jaylyn Waddell, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:


Phone (Primary):

410-406-1473 (office)

Phone (Secondary):

410-406-4222 (lab)

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. 

Research/Clinical Keywords

Conditioned eyeblink reflex, startle reflex, hypoxia ischemia, neonate, sex differences

Highlighted Publications

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.