Elizabeth A. Becker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Director Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Kinney Faculty Affiliate
Specializations: Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology, Endocrinology, Autism Spectrum Disorders
Office: 220 Post Hall
Phone: (610) 660-2894
Website: Departmental Profile
Curriculum Vitae (CV)
Dr. Becker is a behavioral neuroendocrinologist studying the neural and hormonal mechanisms of social behavior. Of particular interest, is how parental care impacts development of offspring brain and behavior. In addition, she is interested in aggression and territoriality. Her integrative research program combines techniques and theories from behavioral neuroscience, behavioral ecology and experimental psychology.
The Becker lab works with the monogamous and territorial California mouse (Peromyscus californicus), which is a model system for exploration of parental investment on offspring development. Both males and females of this species provide high levels of care that are necessary for offspring survival.
Dr. Becker received a B.A. in psychology and a B.M. in voice performance from Lawrence University. She received her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working with Dr. Catherine Marler. Dr. Becker has lectured at Lawrence University and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison prior to joining the faculty at Saint Joseph University in 2012.
Bachelor of Arts, Lawrence University
Bachelor of Music, Lawrence University
PhD, University of Wisconsin, Madison
PSY 100 - Introductory Psychology
PSY 205 - Neuroscience Foundations
PSY 206 - Behavioral Neuroscience
PSY 340L-Behavioral Neuroscience Lab
PSY 210 - Research Methods
PSY 620 - Graduate Hormones, Brain and Behavior
PSY 621- Graduate Systems Neuroscience
Olitsky, S., Becker, E.A. Jayo, I., Montcalmo, J., Vinogradov, P. 2018.Constructing Authentic Science: Results from a University-High School Collaboration Integrating Digital Storytelling and Social Networking. Research in Science Education. 1-24.
Becker, E.A., Castelli, F.R., Yohn, C., Spencer, L., and Marler, C.A. 2018.Species differences in urine scent-marking and counter-marking in in Peromyscus. Behavioral Processes.146, 1-9.
Yohn, C.N., Leithead, A.B., and Becker, E.A. 2017. Increased vasopressin expression in the BNST accompanies paternally induced territoriality in male and female California mouse offspring. Hormones and Behavior. 93, 9-17.
Chary, M.C., Cruz, J.P., Bardi, M., and Becker, E.A. 2015. Paternal retrievals increase testosterone levels in both male and female California mouse (Peromyscus californicus) offspring. Hormones and Behavior. 73, 23-29.
Becker, E.A. and Marler, C.A. 2015. Postcontest blockade of dopamine receptors inhibits development of the winner effect in the California mouse (Peromyscus californicus). Behavioral Neuroscience, 129(20), 205-213.
Becker, E.A., Petruno, S. and Marler, C.A. 2012. A comparison of scent marking between a monogamous and promiscuous species of Peromyscus: pair bonded males do not advertise to novel females. PLoS one, 7,2.
Becker, E.A., Moore, B.M., Auger, C. and Marler, C.A. 2010. Paternal behavior increases testosterone levels in offspring of the California mouse. Hormones and Behavior, 58, 385-389.
Grants and Awards
2017-2018 NSF ROA Award
2016-2017 Summer Research Grant, Saint Joseph’s University
2015-2016 Psi Chi Faculty Advisor Research Grant
2015-2016 Saint Joseph’s University Teaching Merit Award
2015-2016 Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Equipment Loan Grant
2015-2016 Tom & Mary Gallagher Foundation Grant
2014-2015 Psi Chi Faculty Travel Grant
Mentioned in SJU News
Intellect, Spring 2014