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Amanda Kentner

Amanda Kentner, PhD

Professor of Psychology

Department: School of Arts and Sciences
Office: Matricaria 4005E

(P) 617.274.3360


School of Arts and Sciences


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


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

Research Interests

Animal Models
Early life adversity
Environmental Enrichment
Maternal Care
Sex differences

Peer-Reviewed Articles & Book Chapters

Zhao, X., Tran, H., DeRosa, H., Roderick, R.C., Kentner, A.C. (in press). Hidden Talents: Poly (I:C)-induced maternal immune activation improves mouse visual discrimination performance and reversal learning in a sex-dependent manner. Genes, Brain, and Behavior,

Zhao, X., Mohammed, R., Tran, H., Erickson, M., Kentner AC. (2021). Poly (I:C)-induced maternal immune activation modifies ventral hippocampal regulation of stress reactivity: prevention by environmental enrichment. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity 95, 203-215,

Kentner, A.C., Speno, A.V., Doucette, J., Roderick, R.C. (2021). The contribution of environmental enrichment to phenotypic variation in mice and rats. eNeuro, 8(2):ENEURO.0539-20.2021,

Núñez Estevez, K., Rondón-Ortiz, A., Nguyen, J., Kentner, A.C. (2020). Environmental influences on placental programming and offspring outcomes following maternal immune activation. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 83, 44-55,

Kentner, A.C., Bilbo, S.D., Brown, A.S., Hsiao, E.Y., McAllister, A.K., Meyer, U., Pearce, B.D., Pletnikov, M.V., Yolken, R.H., Bauman, M.D. (2019). Maternal immune activation: reporting guidelines to improve the rigor, reproducibility, and transparency of the model. Neuropsychopharmacology, 44, 245-258,

Kentner, A.C., Scalia, S., Shin, J., Migliore, M.M., Rondon-Ortiz, A.N. (2018). Targeted sensory enrichment interventions protect against behavioral and neuroendocrine consequences of early life stress. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 98, 74-85,

Kentner, A.C., Cryan, J.F., Brummelte, S. (2018). Resilience priming: translational models for understanding resiliency and adaptation to early-life adversity. Developmental Psychobiology, 61, 350-375,

Kentner, A.C., Lima, E., Migliore, M.M., Shin, J., Scalia, S. (2018). Complex environmental rearing enhances social salience and affects hippocampal corticotropin releasing hormone receptor expression in a sex specific manner. Neuroscience, 369, 399-411,

Yan, S., Kentner, A.C. (2017). Mechanical allodynia corresponds to Oprm1 downregulation within the descending pain network of male and female rats exposed to neonatal immune challenge. Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 63, 148-159,

PubMed Profile


2018 | Kentner, A.C. The protective role of environmental enrichment on placental mediators of hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis dysfunction in a prenatal inflammatory rat model. National Institute of Mental Health 1R15MH114035-01A1, $377,550. June 1st 2018 to May 31st 2021, PI.

2018 | Gail P. and Edward A. Bucher Trustees’ Award for Excellence in Student-Faculty Research Collaboration

2017 | MCPHS University-Wide Faculty Scholarship Award “Discovery” - for Best Published Research Paper (Kentner et al 2016 - Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, 57, 151-160).

2016 | Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Faculty Mentor Award

2014 | Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Faculty Mentor Award

2013 | Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Faculty Mentor Award

Current Professional Memberships, Service & Leadership

2021-present | Fellow of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
2021-present |Member, Trainee Professional Development Awards Selection Committee for the Society for Neuroscience
2020-present | Associate Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
2018-2021 | USA Councilor of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
2019-2020 | Chair, Ethics & Diversity Committee of the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society
2017-present | Social Media Manager, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology
2017-present | Councilor, Boston Area Neuroscience Chapter of Society for Neuroscience
2016-present | Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, Editorial Board Member