Department of Psychology
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Cheryl McCormick
Professor, Ph.D. & Canada Research Chair in Neuroscience

Office: MC B314
Phone: (905)688-5550, ext. 3700
website: Click here to go to my lab website


My research interests are in the fields of behavioural neuroscience and developmental neuroendocrinology. I investigate how environmental experiences (e.g., exposure to social stressors, hormones, malnutrition) either prenatally, neonatally, or during adolescence, alter cognitive and emotional behaviour in adulthood in laboratory rats. I also investigate the physiological and neurochemical underpinnings of the effects of early life experiences, as well as how the early experiences alter the animal's vulnerability to addictive drugs. Related research areas of mine are the investigation sex differences in the effects of early experiences, and how the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal stress response is influenced by the actions of sex hormones in the brain. A third research interest is how hormones (testosterone, cortisol, estradiol) influence neuropsychological function in people.


For a complete list of publications, visit:

McCormick CM, Hodges TESimone JJ (in press) Peer pressures: Social instability stress in adolescence and social deficits in adulthood in an animal model. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Geniole SN, Molnar DS, Carré JM, McCormick CM (in press) The facial width-to-height ratio shares stronger links with judgments of aggression than with judgments of trustworthiness. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Hodges TE, Green MR, Simone JJ, McCormick CM (in press) Effects of social context on endocrine function and Zif268 expression in response to an acute stressor in adolescent and adult rats. International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience.

Geniole SN, Keyes AE, Carré JM, McCormick CM (2014) Fearless dominance mediates the relationship between the facial width-to-height ratio and cheating. Personality and Individual Differences. 57:59-64

Geniole SN, Busseri MJ, McCormick CM (in press) Testosterone dynamics and psychopathic personality traits independently predict antagonistic behaviour towards the loser of a competitive interaction. Hormones and Behavior.

Geniole SN, McCormick CM (in press) Taking control of aggression: Perceptions of aggression suppress the link between perceptions of masculinity and attractiveness. Evolutionary Psychology.

Green MR, McCormick CM (in press) Effects of social instability stress in adolescence on long-term, not short-term, spatial memory performance. Behavioural Brain Research.

McCormick CM, Mongillo DL, Simone JJ (2013) Age and adolescent social stress effects on fear extinction in female rats. Stress. 16:678-688.

Boyshyan J, Zebrowitz LA, Franklin RG, McCormick CM, Carré JM (in press) Age similarities in recognizing threat from faces and diagnostic cues. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences.

McCormick CM, Green MR, Cameron NM, Nixon F, Levy MJ, Clark RA (in press) Deficits in male sexual behaviour in adulthood after social instability stress in adolescence in rats. Hormones and Behavior. 63, 5-12.

McCormick CM (2013) Watch where and how you stick pins when playing with voodoo correlations. Journal of General Psychology. 140: 1-5.

McCormick CM, Green MR (2013) From the stressed adolescent to the anxious and depressed adult: Investigations in rodent models. Neuroscience. 249: 242-257.

Green MR, McCormick CM (2013) Effects of stressors in adolescence on learning and memory in rodent models. Hormones and Behavior. 64: 364-379.

 Cote KA, McCormick CM, Geniole SN, Renn RP, MacAuley S (in press) Sleep deprivation lowers reactive aggression and testosterone in men.      Biological Psychology.

 Green MR, Barnes B, McCormick CM (in press) Social instability stress in adolescence increases anxiety and reduces social interactions in adulthood in male Long Evans rats. Developmental Psychobiology.







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