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Dettmer-Erard, AMANDA

Formal Title:

 

Responsibilities:

Field Research Coordinator at the Laboratory for Comparative Ethology, focusing on nonhuman primate behavior and physiology across the lifespan in a naturalistic environment.

Phone:

301-496-9551

Email:

dettmera@mail.nih.gov

Address:

ELMER SCHOOL RD Room 206
Poolesville ,MD 20837

Organization:

Section on Comparative Behavioral Genetics

Biosketch:

EDUCATION     

Ph.D.        Neuroscience & Behavior, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA                       2009

M.S.          Neuroscience & Behavior, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA                       2007

B.S.           Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA                                                         2001

RESEARH INTERESTS

Developmental consequences of early life experiences, including stress and maternal care; biomarkers of the emergence of socio-cognitive traits; physiological correlates of brain functioning throughout the lifespan

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE               

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH/NICHD, Bethesda, MD                                 Present

UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH, Pittsburgh, PA                                                      2009 – 2012          

NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH/NICHD, Bethesda, MD                                 2007 – 2009

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, Amherst, MA                                                2004 – 2007

PITTSBURGH DEVELOPMENT CENTER, Pittsburgh, PA                                        2001 – 2004

INFANT PRIMATE RESEARCH LABORATORY, Seattle, WA                                  1999 – 2001             

HONORS/AWARDS 

Fellowships

NIH Postdoctoral Institutional Research Training Award                                       Present

NIH Individual Postdoctoral NRSA                                                                         2011 – 2012

NIH Institutional Postdoctoral NRSA                                                                      2009 – 2011

NIH Predoctoral Institutional Research Training Award                                         2007 – 2009

NIH Institutional Predoctoral NRSA                                                                        2004 – 2006

Other

University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association (UPPDA) Best Poster Travel Award                 2011

National Postdoctoral Association Travel Fellowship Award                                                          2010

American Society of Primatologists’ Annual Student Award Competition                                       2008

Health Emotions Research Institute Travel Fellowship Award                                                        2006 

 

 

 

Featured Items:

I am particularly interested in the identification of biomarkers for the development of later normal and abnormal processes.  To this end, I am working closely with Drs. Melinda Novak External Web Site Policy and Jerrold Meyer External Web Site Policy the University of Massachusetts at Amherst External Web Site Policy to examine chronic hormones (e.g., cortisol and progesterone) in hair to determine their validity as indicators for maternal and infant health.  Hormone concentrations in hair represent cumulative measures of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and gonadal activity over many months.  We have found that hair cortisol is a reliable predictor of cognitive development as well as anxious behavioral responses to stress in young rhesus monkeys, and that anxious traits measured in early in infancy are heritable.  In adult monkeys, we have found hair cortisol concentrations to be dependent on population density and to differ between primiparous and multiparous mothers.  Another burgeoning area of my research, in collaboration with lactation expert Katie Hinde at Harvard University, examines constituents in rhesus monkey mothers' milk in the early postnatal period (first 30 days of life), and the extent to which these factors are influenced by maternal and infant characteristics as well as how these factors influence infant neurological, social, and cognitive development.  

Please see a full list of my publications here.

Publications (PubMed):

 
Title Authors Publication Date
Physical activity is linked to ceruloplasmin in the striatum of intact but not MPTP-treated primates.Leak RK,Garbett KA,Dettmer AM,Zhang Z,Mirnics K,Cameron JLCell Tissue Res2012 Dec
The Integrative Biology of Reproductive Functioning in Nonhuman Primates.Dettmer AMAm J Primatol2012 Jul 23
Physiological and behavioral adaptation to relocation stress in differentially reared rhesus monkeys: hair cortisol as a biomarker for anxiety-related responses.Dettmer AM,Novak MA,Suomi SJ,Meyer JSPsychoneuroendocrinology2012 Feb
Effects of shampoo and water washing on hair cortisol concentrations.Hamel AF,Meyer JS,Henchey E,Dettmer AM,Suomi SJ,Novak MAClin Chim Acta2011 Jan 30
Hair cortisol predicts object permanence performance in infant rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).Dettmer AM,Novak MF,Novak MA,Meyer JS,Suomi SJDev Psychobiol2009 Dec
Surrogate mobility and orientation affect the early neurobehavioral development of infant rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).Dettmer AM,Ruggiero AM,Novak MA,Meyer JS,Suomi SJDev Psychobiol2008 May
Growth and developmental outcomes of three high-risk infant rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta).Dettmer AM,Houser LA,Ruppenthal GC,Capuano S,Hewitson LAm J Primatol2007 May
Sensitivity to stress-induced reproductive dysfunction is associated with a selective but not a generalized increase in activity of the adrenal axis.Herod SM,Dettmer AM,Novak MA,Meyer JS,Cameron JLAm J Physiol Endocrinol Metab2011 Jan

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