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Amanda Kentner

Amanda Kentner, PhD

Professor of Psychology

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

Contact: amanda.kentner@mcphs.edu
(P) 617.274.3360



Schools

School of Arts and Sciences

Programs

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

Education

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


Research Interests

Animal Models
Early life adversity
Environmental Enrichment
Neuroendocrinology
Neuroprotection
Neurorehabilitation
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, https://doi.org/10.1111/gbb.12755.

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2021.03.018.

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, https://doi.org/10.1523/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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2019.08.192.

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, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-018-0185-7.

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psyneuen.2018.07.029.

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, https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.21775.

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroscience.2017.11.035.

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, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbi.2016.10.007.

PubMed Profile


Honors

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