A History of Innovation Careers at MCPHS University The MCPHS Advantage Mission & Core Values Notable Facts & Statistics Leadership Our Directory Accreditation Giving Important Notices Contact

Our Directory


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
Biological Psychology
Health Psychology Capstone
Drugs and Behavior
Introduction to Psychology

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

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters
MacRae, M., Macrina, T., Khoury, A., Migliore, M.M., Kentner, A.C. (2015). Tracing the trajectory of behavioral impairments and oxidative stress in an animal model of neonatal inflammation. Neuroscience, 298, 455-466.

MacRae, M., Kenkel, W., Kentner, A.C. (2015). Social rejection following neonatal inflammation is mediated by olfactory scent cues. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, in press. doi: 10.1016/j.bbi.2015.02.026.

Kovacs, A., Kentner, A.C., Grace, S.L., Nolan, R., Silversides, C., Bandyopadhyay, M., Irvine, J. (2015). Initial feasibility results of a group coping and resilience program for adults with congenital heart disease. Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 65, A550.

Connors, E.J., Migliore, M.M., Pillsbury, S.L., Shaik, A.N., Kentner, A.C. (2015). Environmental enrichment models a naturalistic form of maternal separation and shapes the anxiety response patterns of offspring. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 52, 153-167.

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.

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.

Personal Interests
Laboratory website: