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Amanda Kentner, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology

School of Arts and Sciences - W18B


School of Arts & Sciences

Health Psychology (BS)
Premedical & Health Studies (BS)

PhD, Experimental Psychology, University of Ottawa, Canada
BA, Psychology, University of Ottawa, Canada

Areas of Teaching
Introduction to Psychology
Drugs and Behavior
Biological Psychology
Health Psychology Capstone

Scholarly Interests
Behavioral Health - Prevention & Rehabilitation
Environmental Enrichment
Clinical Research

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters
Connors, E.J., Migliore, M.M., Pillsbury, S.L., Shaik, A.N., Kentner, A.C. (in press). Environmental enrichment models a naturalistic form of maternal separation and shapes the anxiety response patterns of offspring. Psychoneuroendocrinology, PNEC-D-14-00490R2.

Connors, E.J., Shaik, N.A., Migliore, M.M., Kentner, A.C. (2014). Environmental enrichment mitigates the sex-specific effects of gestational inflammation on social engagement and the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis-feedback system. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 42, 178-190.

Pourhabib, S., Kentner, A.C., Grace, S.L. (2014). The impact of patient-healthcare provider discussions on enrollment in cardiovascular rehabilitation. Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, 46, 924-931.

Kentner, A.C., Kovacs, A. H., Grace, S.L (2014). Chapter 9: Cardiovascular Disease. In: Fundamentals of Health Psychology. Hadjistavropoulos, T., & Hadjistavropoulos, H.D., (Eds). Oxford University Press, in press – December 2014 expected.

Beckstead, J., Pezzo, M., Beckie, T., Shahraki, F., Kentner, A.C., & Grace, S.L. (2014). Physicians’ tacit and stated policies for determining patient benefit and referral to cardiac rehabilitation. Medical Decision Making, 34, 63-74.

Grace, S.L., Kentner, A.C., Moniz, L., Henry, J., & Chessex C. (2012). Starting a dialogue: ‘Community of Practice’ for re-referrals between cardiac rehabilitation programs to sites closest to patients’ home. Current Issues in Cardiac Rehabilitation and Prevention, 20, 14-15.

Kentner, A.C., Abizaid, A., & Bielajew C. (2010). Modeling Dad: animal models of paternal behavior. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 34, 438-451.

Kentner, A.C., McLeod, S., Field, E., & Pittman, Q.J. (2010). Sex-dependent effects of neonatal inflammation on adult inflammatory markers and behavior. Endocrinology, 151, 2689-2699.

Personal Interests
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