DohanichGary P. Dohanich, Ph.D.

Ph.D., 1981, Michigan State University
Fellow: Suzanne and Stephen Weiss Presidential Fellow
Co-Director: Major and Masters Programs in Neuroscience
Curriculum Vitae  

Phone: (504) 862-3307

3047 Percival Stern Hall

Research Interests

Dr. Dohanich and his students study the influences of biological sex, and ovarian and adrenal steroids, on behavior. Employing a rat model, behavioral projects focus on the expression and development of sex differences in cognition, and the relationship to anxiety. Neurochemical experiments focus on acetylcholinergic neurotransmission as a key mechanism underlying sex differences in these behavioral processes.

Current Graduate Students

Selected Publications

Grissom, E. M., W. R. Hawley, S. S. Bromley-Dulfano, S. E. Marino, N. G. Stathopoulos, and G. P. Dohanich. Learning strategy is influenced by trait anxiety and early rearing conditions in prepubertal male, but not prepubertal female rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, in press, 2012.

Hawley, W., E. Grissom, J. Patel, K. Hodges, and G. Dohanich. Reactivation of an aversive memory impairs spatial recognition memory and biases rats toward striatum-dependent learning strategies. Stress, in press, 2012.

Cost, K. T., Z. N. Williams-Yee, J. N. Fustok, and G. P. Dohanich. Sex differences in object-in-place memory in adult rats. Behavioral Neuroscience 126:457-464, 2012.

Hawley, W. R., E. M. Grissom, H. E. Barratt, T. S. Conrad, and G. P. Dohanich. The effects of biological sex and gonadal hormones on learning strategy in adult rats. Physiology and Behavior 105:1014–1020, 2012.

Hawley, W.R., E.M. Grissom, and G.P. Dohanich. The relationships between trait anxiety, place recognition memory, and learning strategy. Behavioural Brain Research 216:525–530, 2011.

Hawley, W., E. Grissom, L. Keskitalo, T. Hastings, and G. Dohanich. Sexual motivation and anxiety-like behaviors of male rats after exposure to a trauma followed by situational reminders. Physiology and Behavior 102:181–187, 2011.

Frankola, K.A, A.L. Flora, A.K. Torres, E.M. Grissom, S. Overstreet, and G P. Dohanich. Effects of early rearing conditions on cognitive performance in prepubescent male and female rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 94:91-99, 2010.

Tunur, T., G.P. Dohanich, and L.A.Schrader. Pre-exposure to context affects learning strategy in mice. Learning and Memory 17:328-331, 2010.

Dohanich, G.P., D.L. Korol, and T. Shors. Steroids, learning and memory. In Hormones, Brain and Behavior, (Second Edition, Vol. 1), edited by D. W. Pfaff, A. P. Arnold, A, M. Etgen, S. E. Fahrbach, and R. T. Rubin. San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 539-576, 2009.

Luine, V.N. and G.P. Dohanich. Sex differences in cognitive function in rodents. In Sex Difference in the Brain: From Genes to Behavior, edited by J. Becker et al., Oxford University Press, pp. 227-251, 2008.

Row, B.W. and G.P. Dohanich. Post-training administration of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) enhances retention of a spatial memory through a noradrenergic mechanism in male rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 89:370-378, 2008.

Wolff, S.C., Z. Hruska, L. Nguyen, and G.P. Dohanich. Asymmetrical distributions of muscarinic receptor binding in the hippocampus of female rats. European Journal of Pharmacology 588:248-50, 2008.

Hruska, Z. and G.P. Dohanich. Estradiol treatment prevents working memory deficits induced by combined infusion of β-amyloid (1-42) and ibotenic acid. Hormones and Behavior 52:297-306, 2007.


Dr. Dohanich's Courses

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