DohanichGary P. Dohanich, Ph.D.

Ph.D., 1981, Michigan State University
Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow
Director: Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience
Curriculum Vitae  

Phone: (504) 862-3307

3047 Percival Stern Hall

Research Interests

Dr. Dohanich and his students have studied the influences of biological sex, and ovarian and adrenal steroids, on behavior. Employing a rodent model, most recent behavioral projects have focused on the expression and development of sex differences in learning and behavior, and the relationship to anxiety. Parallel experiments have investigated the role of acetylcholinergic neurotransmission as a key mechanism underlying sex differences in these behavioral processes.

Dr. Dohanich no longer mentors graduate or undergraduate students in his laboratory, and now concentrates his efforts on educational activities that include offering new graduate and undergraduate courses and expanding his teaching methodologies.

Selected Publications

Nahar, J., J. R. Rainville, G. P. Dohanich, and J. G. Tasker. Further evidence for a membrane receptor that binds glucocorticoids in the rodent hypothalamus. Steroids. 2016.

Mueller, S. C., E. M. Grissom, and G. P. Dohanich. Assessing gonadal hormone contributions to affective psychopathologies across humans and animal models.  Psychoneuroendocrinology 46:114-128, 2014.

Serefoglu, E. C., W. R. Hawley, G. F. Lasker, E. M. Grissom, S. H. Mandava, S. C. Sikka, G. P. Dohanich, and W. J. Hellstrom. Effect of botulinum-A toxin injection into bulbospongiosus muscle on ejaculation latency in male rats. Journal of Sexual Medicine 11:1657-1663, 2014.

Directed Ph.D. Dissertations

Jill Daniel
– The role of acetylcholine in the estrogen-induced increase in hippocampal NMDA receptor binding and in the associated enhancement of working memory performance (2000) (Professor of Psychology and Director of the Tulane Brain Institute, Tulane University)

Wayne Hawley – Modulation of spatial cognition in adult rats by biological sex, gonadal steroids, affective conditions, and cholinergic neurotransmission (2013) (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, Syracuse University; Assistant Professor, Edinboro College)

Elin Grissom – The relationships between sex differences in learning strategy in early life and neurochemical and neuroarchitectural endpoints in multiple memory systems (2013) (Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Tulane University; Visiting Professor, Loyola University)

Directed M.S. Theses

Nonnie Estrella

Jill Daniel

Aric Fader

Gregory Dillon

Laura Bolton

Peter Peloquin

Amanda Crawford Torres

Jonathan Santoro

Kelly Hodges

Thomas Lobell

Recent Course Offerings

Psychobiology of Sexuality and Gender – COLQ 3010

Psychobiology of Sexuality– PSYC 3801

Drugs and Behavior– PSYC 4070

Psychopharmacology – NSCI 4530/6530, PSYC 4530/6530  (FALL 2016)

Behavioral Endocrinology – NSCI 4060/6060, PSYC 4060/6060  (SPRING 2016)

Graduate Psychopharmacology – PSYC 7100

Neurobiology of Stress Disorders – NSCI 7590  (SPRING 2017)

Professional Issues in Psychology – PSYC 7230  (Fall 2016)

Teaching Pedagogy – PSYC 6801/NSCI 6660  (FALL 2016)

Teaching Seminar (SPRING 2015)

Department of Psychology • 2007 Percival Stern Hall • New Orleans, LA 70118 • Phone: 504-865-5331 •