College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Jennifer Brielmaier

Jennifer Brielmaier

Jennifer Brielmaier

Assistant Professor

Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience: Environmental factors contributing to the risk for psychiatric disorders

Dr. Brielmaier received her Ph.D. in Biopsychology (now Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience) from George Mason University in 2010. She returned to the Psychology Department as a Term Assistant Professor in 2012 after completing a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health. Dr. Brielmaier’s broad research interests are in using rodent models to test hypotheses about the etiology of psychiatric disorders and to evaluate potential treatments. She has published articles on the effects of stress on behaviors relevant to nicotine addiction and the effects of gene mutations on behaviors relevant to autism.

Selected Publications

Brielmaier J, Senerth JM, Silverman JL, Matteson PG, Millonig JH, DiCicco-Bloom E, Crawley JN. Chronic desipramine treatment rescues depression-related, social and cognitive deficits in Engrailed-2 knockout mice. Genes Brain Behav. 2014 Mar;13(3):286-298.

Brielmaier J, Matteson PG, Silverman JL, Senerth JM, Kelly S, Genestine M, Millonig JH, DiCicco-Bloom E, Crawley JN. Autism-relevant social abnormalities and cognitive deficits in engrailed-2 knockout mice. PLoS One. 2012; 7(7):e40914.

Brielmaier J, McDonald CG, Smith RF. Effects of acute stress on acquisition of nicotine conditioned place preference in adolescent rats: a role for corticotropin-releasing factor 1 receptors. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Jan; 219(1):73-82.

Prager EM, Brielmaier J, Bergstrom HC, McGuire J, Johnson LR. Localization of mineralocorticoid receptors at mammalian synapses. PLoS One. 2010 Dec 15; 5(12):e14344.

Brielmaier JM, McDonald CG, Smith RF. Nicotine place preference in a biased conditioned place preference design. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2008 Mar; 89(1):94-100.

McDonald CG, Eppolito AK, Brielmaier JM, Smith LN, Bergstrom HC, Lawhead MR,Smith RF. Evidence for elevated nicotine-induced structural plasticity in nucleus accumbens of adolescent rats. Brain Res. 2007 Jun 2; 1151:211-218.

Brielmaier JM, McDonald CG, Smith RF. Immediate and long-term behavioral effects of a single nicotine injection in adolescent and adult rats. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2007 Jan-Feb;29(1):74-80.

Smith LN, McDonald CG, Bergstrom HC, Brielmaier JM, Eppolito AK, Wheeler TL,

Falco AM, Smith RF. Long-term changes in fear conditioning and anxiety-like behavior following nicotine exposure in adult versus adolescent rats. Pharmacol Biochem Behav. 2006; 85(1):91-97.

Courses Taught

Physiological Psychology -- PSYC 372

Brain and Behavior – PSYC 376

Principles of Learning – PSYC 304

Molecular, Developmental and Systems Neuroscience – NEUR 335

Laboratory Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience – NEUR 395

Current Topics in Neuroscience – NEUR 410

Seminar in Neuroscience – NEUR 411