Research interests:
Why sex matters for brain health: impact on hippocampal plasticity, neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders; Depression and relation to sex and stress hormones; Reproductive experience effects on maternal brain health; How aging impacts neuroplasticity; Adult neurogenesis in the hippocampus and relation to cognition and stress; animal model translation to human disease.

Barha, C.K., Galea, L.A.M. (2011) Motherhood alters the cellular response to estrogens in the hippocampus later in life. Neurobiology of Aging, 32:2091-2095.

Wainwright, S.R., Lieblich, S.E., Galea L.A.M. (2011). Hypogonadism predisposes males to the development of behavioural and neuroplastic depressive phenotypes. Psychoneuroendocrinology 36:1327-1341

Uban, K.A. Rummel, J., Floresco, S.B, Galea, L.A.M. (2012). Estradiol Modulates Effort-Based Decision Making in Female Rats. Neuropsychopharmacology, 37(2):390-401.

Epp, JR., Beasley, C.L.,Galea, L.A.M. (2013). Increased Hippocampal Neurogenesis and p21 Expression in Depression: Dependent on Antidepressants, Sex, Age, and Antipsychotic Exposure. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38:2297-2306.

Chow C, Epp, JR, Lieblich SE, Barha,C.K., Galea, L.A.M. (2013) Sex differences in neurogenesis and activation of new neurons in response to spatial learning Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 1236-1250.

Hamson D.K., Wainwright S.R., Taylor J.R., Jones B.A., Watson N.V. , Galea L.A.M. (2013) Androgens Increase Survival of Adult Born Neurons in the Dentate Gyrus by an Androgen Receptor Dependent but Cell Non-Autonomous Mechanism. Endocrinology, 154: 3294-3304.

Galea, L.A.M, Wainwright S.R, Roes, M.M., ,Duarte-Guterman, P., Chow, C. Hamson D.K. (in press, June 2, 2013). Sex, hormones, and neurogenesis in the hippocampus: Hormonal modulation of neurogenesis and potential functional implications. Journal of Neuroendocrinology doi: 10.1111/jne.12070.

Winter 2016

PSYC523 Experimental Neuropsychology and Animal Models Sections

Not offered each year; consult Department of Psychology.

Winter 2016

PSYC461 Neuroplasticity and Behaviour Sections

Experimental findings and theory documenting the plasticity of the brain and its relationship to behaviour: emphasis on gene regulation, neurogenesis and cell morphology changes in relation to learning and experience.

Winter 2016

PSYC460 Behavioural Neuroendocrinology Sections

Detailed examination of the interaction between hormones and neural control of reproductive and non-reproductive behaviours; emphasis on gonadal and adrenal hormone effects on learning and memory in the brain.