Westminster College Assistant Professor Co-authors Paper

Monday, July 16, 2012

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Dr. Veronica Porterfield, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of biology, co-authored an article for the August issue of Behavioral Brain Research.

"Fear Conditioning Can Contribute to Behavioral Changes in a Repeated Stress Model" was also authored by Rob Camp, Jennifer Remus, Sahana Kalburgi and John Johnson.

The article discusses how repeated exposure to laboratory stressors often results in animals exhibiting behavioral changes that are commonly referred to as depressive-like behaviors, such as decreased exploration by the animals and decreased social interaction.

To read the article click here .

Porterfield, a Westminster graduate who joined the faculty in 2011, earned a Ph.D. from Kent State University.

Contact Porterfield at (724) 946-7784 or email for additional information.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

Click image to enlarge.

Dr Veronica Porterfield, Westminster College visiting assistant professor of biology