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Atlanta, Georgia 30314
Office Location: Giles Hall 306
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PSY201: Introduction to Psychological Science
PSY 305: Research Methods
PSY 320: Brain and Behavior
PSY 417: Statistics II
PSY400: Research in Primate Behavior: The Green Monkeys of Barbados
One area of my research focuses on understanding the mother-infant relationship, through the examination of non-human primates. In particular, I am interested in the effects that early life stress has on behavioral and physiological outcomes.
I also examine the association between genes and behavior. Specifically I am interested in the relationship between genes associated with the serotonergic, dopaminergic, and oxytocin system in influence both aggressive and affiliative behavior.
Howell, B.R., McCormack, K., & Sanchez, M.M. (2015). Social buffering of stress responses in nonhuman primates: Maternal regulation of the development of emotional regulatory brain circuits. Social Neuroscience. E-pub, in press.
McCormack, K., Howell, B.R., Guzman, D., Villongco, C., Pears, K., Kim, H., Gunnar, M.R., & Sanchez, M.M. (2015). The development of an instrument to measure global dimensions of maternal care in rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta). American Journal of Primatology. 77, 20-33.
Howell, B.R., Grand, A.P., McCormack, K.M., Shi, Y., LaPrairie, J., Maestripieri, D., Styner, M.A., Sanchez, M.M. (2014). Early adverse experience increases emotional reactivity in juvenile rhesus macaques: Relation to amygdala volume. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 1735-1746
Koch, H., McCormack, K., Sanchez, M.M., & Maestripiri, D. (2014). The development of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in rhesus monkeys: Effects of age, sex, and early experience. Developmental Psychobiology, 56, 86-95.
Howell, B. R., McCormack, K., Grand, A.P., Zhang, X., Maestripieri, D., Hu, X., & Sanchez, M.M. (2013). Brain white matter microstructure alterations in adolescent rhesus monkeys exposed to early life stress: Associations with high cortisol during infancy. Biology of Mood and Anxiety Disorders, 3, 1-14.
Loman, M.M., Gunnar, M., Bruce, J., Dallman, M., Dozier, M., Fisher, P., Fox, N., McCormack, K., Plotsky, P., Pollak, S., Sanchez, M.M., & Suomi, S. (2010). Early experience and the development of stress reactivity and regulation in children. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 34, 867-876.
Sanchez, M.M., McCormack, K., Grand, A.P., Fulks, R., Graff, A. & Maestripieri, D. (2010). Effects of sex and early maternal abuse on the development of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal function in the first 3 years of life in group-living rhesus monkeys. Development and Psychopathology, 22, 45-53.
Keen-Rhinehart, E., Haynes, J.K., Eisen, A., Eaton, D. C., & McCormack, K. (2009). Interactive methods for teaching action potentials, an example of teaching innovation from neuroscience postdoctoral fellows in the Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) program. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 7, 74-79.
McCormack, K., Newman, T.K., Higley, D., Maestripieri, D., & Sanchez, M. (2009). Serotonin transporter gene variation, infant abuse, and responsiveness to stress in rhesus macaque mothers and infants. Hormones and Behavior, 55, 538-547.
Maestripieri, McCormack, K., D. Higley, J. D., Lindell, S. G., Newman, T. K., & Sanchez, M. (2006). Influences of parenting style on the offspring’s behavior and CSF monoamine metabolites in cross-fostered and noncrossfostered rhesus macaques. Behavioural Brain Research,175, 90-95.
Maestripieri, D. Higley, J. D., Lindell, S. G., Newman, T. K., McCormack, K., & Sanchez, M. (2006). Early maternal rejection affects the development of monoaminergic systems and adult abusive parenting in rhesus macaques. Behavioral Neuroscience,120, 1017-1024.
McCormack, K., Sanchez, M. M., Bardi, M., & Maestripieri, D. (2006). Maternal care patterns and behavioral development of rhesus macaque abused infants in the first six months. Developmental Psychobiology,48, 537-550.