Psychology Department

Sara B. Taylor, Ph.D.

Taylor, Sara

Sara B. Taylor, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology

taylor@hendrix.edu Donald W. Reynolds Center 109 501-505-1504 501-450-4547

Academic Background

  • B.S. in Psychology, The Ohio State University, 2005
  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Maryland, Baltimore, 2011

Courses I teach

  • PSYC  110   Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC  280   Introduction to Psychopharmacology
  • PSYC  295   Research Methods
  • PSYC  366   Behavioral Endocrinology

Research Interests

  • Stress vulnerability and resilience 
  • Animal models of addiction and psychiatric disorders 
  • Individual differences
  • Neuroplasticity

Recent Student Presentations

  • *Denotes mentored student researcher

    Ratliff, C.T. *, McIntyre, W.A. *, Dobry, D.J. *, Huynh, M.L. *, Crump, A.C. *, Alexander, P.T. *, Taylor, S.B. (2016). The effects of chronic oral caffeine and ethanol consumption on ethanol intake, anxiety-like behavior, and exploratory behavior. Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students. Conway, AR.

    Dobry, D.J.*, Huynh, M.L.*, McIntyre, W.A.*, Ratliff, C.T.*, Taylor, S.B.  (2016). The kappa opioid receptor system may play a selective role in the development of chronic stress-induced anxiety-like behavior. Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students. Conway, AR.

    Ratliff, C.T. *, McIntyre, W.A. *, Dobry, D.J. *, Huynh, M.L. *, Crump, A.C. *, Alexander, P.T. *, Taylor, S.B. (2016). The effects of chronic oral caffeine and ethanol consumption on ethanol preference and exploratory activity. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Asheville, North Carolina.

    Dobry, D.J.*, Huynh, M.L.*, McIntyre, W.A.*, Ratliff, C.T.*, Taylor, S.B. (2016). Antagonizing the Kappa Opioid Receptor System May Prevent Chronic Stress-induced Anxiety-Like Behavior. National Conference on Undergraduate Research. Asheville, North Carolina.

    Huynh, M.L.*, Dobry, D.J.*, McIntyre, W.A.*, Ratliff, C.T.*, Carroll, F.I., Taylor, S.B. (2016). The kappa opioid receptor system may play a selective role in the development of chronic stress-induced anxiety-like behavior. National Collegiate Research Conference. Harvard College, Cambridge, MA.

    Dobry, D.J.*, Huynh, M.L.*, McIntyre, W.A.*, Ratliff, C.T.*,  Taylor, S.B.  (2015).Characterizing the role of the kappa opioid receptor system in chronic stress. Central Arkansas Undergraduate Summer Research Symposium. Little Rock, AR.

    Dobry, D.J.*, Huynh, M.L.*,  Taylor, S.B . (2015). Toward a novel treatment to prevent stress-induced anxiety and depression. Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students. Conway, AR.

    McIntyre, W.A.*, Ratliff, C.T.*,  Taylor, S.B .  (2015). Caffeine and Ethanol: A slippery slope to risky behavior or media sensationalism? Arkansas Symposium for Psychology Students. Conway, AR.

    Paode P.R.*, Anglin J.M.*, Riggert A.G.*, Lapitan F.L.*, Tang T.T.*, Conrad C.D.,  Taylor S.B.   (2014). Chronic Stress-induced neuronal restructuring in the striatum may contribute to addiction vulnerability. School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Symposium. Tempe, AZ. 

    Anglin J.M.*, Riggert A.G.*, Paode P.R.*, Tang T.M.*, Olive M.F., Conrad C.D.,  Taylor S.B.   (2014). Chronic stress-induced habits may pave the road to addiction. American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Chicago, IL. 

    Paode P.R.*, Anglin J.M.*, Riggert A.G.*, Lapitan F.L.*, Tang T.T.*, Conrad C.D.,  Taylor S.B .  (2014). Chronic Stress-induced neuronal restructuring in the striatum may contribute to addiction vulnerability. The National Collegiate Research Conference at Harvard. Cambridge, MA.

    Anglin J.M.*, Riggert A.G.*, Paode P.R.*, Tang T.M.*, Olive M.F., Conrad C.D.,  Taylor S.B.   (2013). Chronic stress-induced habits may pave the road to addiction. Carnegie Mellon Workshop for Undergraduate Women in Computer Science. Pittsburgh, PA. 

    Krigbaum A.*,  Taylor S.B. , Olive M.F., Conrad C.D. (2012). Acute stress effects on spatial versus habitual strategies in a dual solution T-maze task. Undergraduate Research Poster Symposium. Tempe, AZ. Arizona State University. 

     

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • *Denotes mentored student researcher

    Taylor S.B. , Watterson L.R., Kufahl P.R., Nemirovsky N.E., Tomek S.T., Conrad C.D., Olive M.F. (2016). Chronic variable stress and intravenous methamphetamine self-administration - Role of individual differences in behavioral and physiological reactivity to novelty. Neuropharmacology. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2016.05.003. [Epub ahead of print].

    Watterson L.R., Kufahl P.R., Taylor S.B. , Nemirovsky N.E., Olive M.F. (2016). Sensitization to the motor stimulant effects of 3,4-methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) and cross-sensitization to methamphetamine in rats. Journal of Drug and Alcohol Research. 5, Article ID 235967. doi:10.4303/jdar/235967

    LaCrosse A.L., Taylor S.B.,  Nemirovsky N.E., Gass, J.T., Olive M.F. (2015). mGluR5 positive and negative allosteric modulators differentially affect dendritic spine density and morphology in the prefrontal cortex.  CNS & Neurological Disorders - Drug Targets , 14 .

    Ortiz J.B., Taylor S.B. , Hoffman A.N., Campbell A.N., Lucas L.R., Conrad C.D. (2015). Sex-specific impairment and recovery of spatial learning following chronic unpredictable restraint stress: Potential relevance of limbic GAD.   Behavioral Brain Research , 282, 176-184.

    LaCrosse, A.L., Burrows, B.T., Angulo, R.M., Conrad, P.R., Himes, S.M., Mathews, N., Wegner, S.A., Taylor, S.B. , Olive, M.F. (2015). mGluR5 positive modulation and its effect on MK-801 induced set-shifting impairments in a rat operant delayed matching/non-matching-to-sample task.  Psychopharmacology232 (1), 251-258.

    Taylor S.B. , Paode P.R.*, Anglin J.A.*, Riggert A.G.*, Olive M.F., Conrad C.D. (2014). Chronic stress-induced neuronal restructuring in the striatum may contribute to addiction vulnerability.  Neuroscience , 280, 231-232.

    Taylor S.B. , Lewis C.R., Olive M.F. (2013). The neurocircuitry of illicit psychostimulant addiction: Acute and chronic effects in humans.  Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation , (4), 29-43.

    Taylor S.B. , Taylor A.R., Koenig J.I. (2013). The interaction of disrupted Type II Neuregulin 1 and chronic adolescent stress on adult anxiety- and fear-related behaviors.  Neuroscience: Special Issue: Stress and the Adolescent brain , 249, 31-42.

    Taylor S.B. † , Taylor A.R.  † , Koenig J.I. (2012). The involvement of Type II Neuregulin-1 in rat visuospatial learning and memory.  Neuroscience Letters , 531 (2), 131-5.  Equal contributors

    Taylor S.B. , Markham J.A., Taylor A.R., Kanaskie B.Z., Koenig J.I. (2011). Sex-specific neuroendocrine and behavioral phenotypes in hypomorphic Type II Neuregulin 1 rats.  Behavioural Brain Research , 224 (2), 223-32.

    Taylor S.B. , Taylor A.R., Markham J.A., Geurts A.M., Kanaskie B.Z., Koenig J.I. (2011). Disruption of the Neuregulin 1 gene in the rat alters HPA axis activity and behavioral responses to environmental stimuli.  Physiology and Behavior , 104 (2), 205-14.

    Taylor A.R., Markham J.A., Taylor S.B. , Brady-Bell D., Koenig J. (2010). Characterization of the cognitive impairments induced by prenatal exposure to stress in the rat.  Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience , (4), 173. 

     

Book Chapters

  • Taylor S.B., Conrad C.D., Olive M.F.  (2015) Stress and Maze Performance in Rodents .  Bimonte-Nelson HA, Editor.  The Maze Book: Your Guidebook to Theories, Practice, and Protocols for Testing Rodent Cognition.  (pp.211-258) New York City: Humana Press. 

    Kufahl P.R., Taylor S.B. (2014) Therapeutic potential of mGluR agents on substance abuse and mood disorders: role of stress reactivity during abstinence and drug withdrawal. Olive MF, Editor,  Metabotropic Glutamate Receptors: Molecular Mechanisms, Role in Neurological Disorders, and Pharmacological Effects.  (pp. 177-226). Hauppauge: Nova Science Publishers.

     

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