Paul Sheppard

Postdoctoral Fellow
location_on Room 3450K--DMCBH-2215 Wesbrook Mall

Research Areas

Education

PhD, University of Guelph

Research

My research interests focus around behavioural neuroendocrinology, especially when it comes to sex differences and hormones in learning and memory. My graduate work explored how estrogens can rapidly affect short-term memory within a timeframe too brief for the classical genomic actions of estrogens to be responsible. In particular, my focus was on the mechanisms (cell signalling cascades, actin polymerization, protein synthesis) underlying the rapid actions of estrogens on social recognition – the ability of animals to recognize previously encountered conspecifics – in female mice.

As part of the Galea Lab, my research will investigate the cellular and molecular responses that occur within the brain in response to higher order cognitive processing and whether sex differences or estrogen level differences in females lead to different products within the brains of learning rodents. Understanding these sex and hormonal differences in typically learning animals can help us to understand why males and females are differently affected in neurological conditions in which cognitive processing is affected.


Publications

Paletta P, Sheppard PAS, Matta R, Ervin KSJ, Choleris E. (2018). Rapid effects of estrogens on short-term memory: Possible mechanisms. Hormones and Behavior, 104:88-99. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2018.05.019

Sheppard PAS, Koss WA, Frick KM, & Choleris E. (2018). Rapid actions of oestrogens and their receptors on memory acquisition and consolidation in females. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 30:e12485.

Alibhai FJ, Reitz CJ, Peppler W, Basu P, Sheppard P, Choleris E, Tsimakouridze E, Bakovic M, Wright DC, & Martino TA. (2018). Female ClockΔ19/Δ19 mice are protected from the development of age-dependent cardiomyopathy. Cardiovascular Research, 114:259-271. Editor’s Choice, was the topic of an Editorial Review.

*Lymer JM, *Sheppard PAS, Kuun T, Blackman A, Jani N, Mahbub S, & Choleris E. (2018). Estrogens and their receptors in the medial amygdala facilitate social recognition in female mice. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 89:30-38. *authors contributed equally to manuscript

Book Chapters

Sheppard PAS, Kuun T, Paletta P, Choleris E. Who are you and what do you know? Estrogenic regulation of social recognition and social learning. In: Estrogens and Memory: Basic Research and Clinical Implications (Frick KM ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Accepted December 5th, 2016.

Abstracts

Sheppard P, Asling H, Armstrong S, Elad V, Walczyk-Mooradally A, Lalonde J, Choleris E. (2018). Effects of dorsal hippocampal inhibition of actin polymerization or protein synthesis on rapid estrogen-facilitated social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience 2018 (Society for Neuroscience, Abstr 593.09/XX11) and Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2018 in San Diego, CA, November 2018.

Asling HA, Sheppard PAS, Choleris E. (2018). The effects of actin polymerization inhibition on rapid estrogen-facilitated social recognition in female mice. Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting at the University of Guelph, May 2018.

Sheppard PAS, Asling HA, Armstrong SEM, Elad VM, Vellone DA, Choleris E. (2018). Translation, but not transcription, is necessary for the rapid facilitation of social recognition by estradiol in female mice. Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting at the University of Guelph, May 2018.

Sheppard PAS, Asling HA, Armstrong SEM, Elad VM, Vellone DA, Choleris E. (2018). Actin polymerization inhibition blocks rapid estrogen-facilitated social recognition in female mice. 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology 2018 in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Sheppard PAS, Asling HA, Armstrong SEM, Elad VM, Vellone DA, Choleris E. (2018). Protein synthesis is necessary for rapid, estradiol-facilitated social recognition in female mice. International Behavioural Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2018 in Boca Raton, FL, USA.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Watson IA, Sellers KJ, Srivastava DP, & Choleris E. (2017). The effects of PI3K inhibition on the rapid facilitation of social recognition by estrogens or estrogen receptor agonists in the dorsal hippocampi of female mice. Neuroscience 2017 (Society for Neuroscience, Abstr 159.03/NN25) and Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2017 in Washington, DC.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Ashley JS, Gumienny-Matsuo M, & Choleris E. (2017). Regulation of rapid 17β-estradiol facilitated social recognition by MEK/ERK and PI3K/Akt cell signaling pathways in the dorsal hippocampi of female mice. International Behavioural Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2017 in Hiroshima, Japan.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Ashley JS, & Choleris E. (2017). The effects of MEK/ERK inhibition on rapid estrogen receptor alpha and G-protein coupled estrogen receptor facilitated social recognition. Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Annual Meeting 2017 in Montreal, QC.

Lumsden A, Sheppard PAS, Ashley JS, & Choleris E. (2017). The effects of dorsal hippocampal PI3K pathway inhibition on rapid 17β-estradiol facilitated social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience Day 2017 at the University of Guelph.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Ashley JS, & Choleris E. (2017). Rapid facilitation of social recognition by estrogen receptor alpha or G-protein coupled estrogen receptor activation in the dorsal hippocampus is MEK/ERK pathway dependent. Neuroscience Day 2017 at the University of Guelph and Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting 2017 at Brock University.

Sheppard PA, Sellers KJ, Watson IA, Srivastava DP, & Choleris E. (2016). The effects of dorsal hippocampus MEK/ERK inhibition on rapid 17beta-estradiol facilitated social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience 2016 (Society for Neuroscience, Abstr 179.05/III41) and Society for Social Neuroscience 2016 in San Diego, CA, November 2016.

Sheppard PA, Lymer J, Mahbub S, Jani N, Kuun T, Paletta P, & Choleris E. (2016). Regulation of social recognition in female mice by estrogens and estrogen receptors in the medial amygdala. Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology 2016 in Montreal, QC.

Sheppard PA, Lymer J, Mahbub S, Jani N, Kuun T, Paletta P, & Choleris E. (2016). The rapid effects of estrogens in the medial amygdala on social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience Day 2016 at the University of Guelph and Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting 2016 at the University of Waterloo.

Kuun T, Paletta P, Sheppard P, Freedland A, & Choleris E. (2016). Establishing a rapid mouse test of social recognition. Neuroscience Day 2016 at the University of Guelph.

Sheppard PA, Lymer J, Kuun T, Paletta P, & Choleris E. (2015). The rapid effects of estrogens in the medial amygdala on social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience 2015 (Society for Neuroscience, Program No. 614.01) and Society for Social Neuroscience 2015 in Chicago, IL, October 2015.

Mercer ME, Smith GL, Sheppard PA, Butler JRM, Pelley NR, & Adams RJ. (2014). Spatial contrast sensitivity is associated with human responsivity to pain.  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 55:759. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Orlando, FL., May 2014.Mercer ME, Smith GL, & Sheppard PAS. (2014). Pain tolerance predicts spatial but not temporal vision thresholds in human adults.  Journal of Vision (Supp.), 14(10). Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg, FL., May 2014.

Adams RJ, Sheppard P, Cheema A, & Mercer ME. (2013). Vision vs. hearing: Direct comparison of the human contrast sensitivity and audibility functions.  Journal of Vision (Supp.), 13(9). Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 2013.

Mercer ME & Sheppard PAS. (2013). Comparison of visual and somatosensory thresholds in human adults.  Journal of Vision (Supp.), 13(9). Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 2013.Sheppard PAS & Mercer M. (2013). Comparison of the Absolute Thresholds in the Human Senses of Vision, Audition, Touch, & Pain. Psychology Research Day 2013 at Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Awards

  • College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Teaching Award (Graduate Teaching Assistant; University of Guelph) (Nominated 2018)
  • University of Guelph Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship (2017, 2018)
  • College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Dean’s Scholarship (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (Nominated 2016/2017 & 2017/2018 (shortlisted))
  • Autism Scholars Award (Nominated 2016)
  • Yeandle Family Graduate Scholarship (2015, 2018)
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland Endowment Fund Scholarship (2009)

Paul Sheppard

Postdoctoral Fellow
location_on Room 3450K--DMCBH-2215 Wesbrook Mall

PhD, University of Guelph

My research interests focus around behavioural neuroendocrinology, especially when it comes to sex differences and hormones in learning and memory. My graduate work explored how estrogens can rapidly affect short-term memory within a timeframe too brief for the classical genomic actions of estrogens to be responsible. In particular, my focus was on the mechanisms (cell signalling cascades, actin polymerization, protein synthesis) underlying the rapid actions of estrogens on social recognition – the ability of animals to recognize previously encountered conspecifics – in female mice.

As part of the Galea Lab, my research will investigate the cellular and molecular responses that occur within the brain in response to higher order cognitive processing and whether sex differences or estrogen level differences in females lead to different products within the brains of learning rodents. Understanding these sex and hormonal differences in typically learning animals can help us to understand why males and females are differently affected in neurological conditions in which cognitive processing is affected.

Paletta P, Sheppard PAS, Matta R, Ervin KSJ, Choleris E. (2018). Rapid effects of estrogens on short-term memory: Possible mechanisms. Hormones and Behavior, 104:88-99. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2018.05.019

Sheppard PAS, Koss WA, Frick KM, & Choleris E. (2018). Rapid actions of oestrogens and their receptors on memory acquisition and consolidation in females. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 30:e12485.

Alibhai FJ, Reitz CJ, Peppler W, Basu P, Sheppard P, Choleris E, Tsimakouridze E, Bakovic M, Wright DC, & Martino TA. (2018). Female ClockΔ19/Δ19 mice are protected from the development of age-dependent cardiomyopathy. Cardiovascular Research, 114:259-271. Editor’s Choice, was the topic of an Editorial Review.

*Lymer JM, *Sheppard PAS, Kuun T, Blackman A, Jani N, Mahbub S, & Choleris E. (2018). Estrogens and their receptors in the medial amygdala facilitate social recognition in female mice. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 89:30-38. *authors contributed equally to manuscript

Book Chapters

Sheppard PAS, Kuun T, Paletta P, Choleris E. Who are you and what do you know? Estrogenic regulation of social recognition and social learning. In: Estrogens and Memory: Basic Research and Clinical Implications (Frick KM ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Accepted December 5th, 2016.

Abstracts

Sheppard P, Asling H, Armstrong S, Elad V, Walczyk-Mooradally A, Lalonde J, Choleris E. (2018). Effects of dorsal hippocampal inhibition of actin polymerization or protein synthesis on rapid estrogen-facilitated social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience 2018 (Society for Neuroscience, Abstr 593.09/XX11) and Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2018 in San Diego, CA, November 2018.

Asling HA, Sheppard PAS, Choleris E. (2018). The effects of actin polymerization inhibition on rapid estrogen-facilitated social recognition in female mice. Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting at the University of Guelph, May 2018.

Sheppard PAS, Asling HA, Armstrong SEM, Elad VM, Vellone DA, Choleris E. (2018). Translation, but not transcription, is necessary for the rapid facilitation of social recognition by estradiol in female mice. Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting at the University of Guelph, May 2018.

Sheppard PAS, Asling HA, Armstrong SEM, Elad VM, Vellone DA, Choleris E. (2018). Actin polymerization inhibition blocks rapid estrogen-facilitated social recognition in female mice. 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology 2018 in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Sheppard PAS, Asling HA, Armstrong SEM, Elad VM, Vellone DA, Choleris E. (2018). Protein synthesis is necessary for rapid, estradiol-facilitated social recognition in female mice. International Behavioural Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2018 in Boca Raton, FL, USA.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Watson IA, Sellers KJ, Srivastava DP, & Choleris E. (2017). The effects of PI3K inhibition on the rapid facilitation of social recognition by estrogens or estrogen receptor agonists in the dorsal hippocampi of female mice. Neuroscience 2017 (Society for Neuroscience, Abstr 159.03/NN25) and Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2017 in Washington, DC.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Ashley JS, Gumienny-Matsuo M, & Choleris E. (2017). Regulation of rapid 17β-estradiol facilitated social recognition by MEK/ERK and PI3K/Akt cell signaling pathways in the dorsal hippocampi of female mice. International Behavioural Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2017 in Hiroshima, Japan.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Ashley JS, & Choleris E. (2017). The effects of MEK/ERK inhibition on rapid estrogen receptor alpha and G-protein coupled estrogen receptor facilitated social recognition. Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Annual Meeting 2017 in Montreal, QC.

Lumsden A, Sheppard PAS, Ashley JS, & Choleris E. (2017). The effects of dorsal hippocampal PI3K pathway inhibition on rapid 17β-estradiol facilitated social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience Day 2017 at the University of Guelph.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Ashley JS, & Choleris E. (2017). Rapid facilitation of social recognition by estrogen receptor alpha or G-protein coupled estrogen receptor activation in the dorsal hippocampus is MEK/ERK pathway dependent. Neuroscience Day 2017 at the University of Guelph and Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting 2017 at Brock University.

Sheppard PA, Sellers KJ, Watson IA, Srivastava DP, & Choleris E. (2016). The effects of dorsal hippocampus MEK/ERK inhibition on rapid 17beta-estradiol facilitated social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience 2016 (Society for Neuroscience, Abstr 179.05/III41) and Society for Social Neuroscience 2016 in San Diego, CA, November 2016.

Sheppard PA, Lymer J, Mahbub S, Jani N, Kuun T, Paletta P, & Choleris E. (2016). Regulation of social recognition in female mice by estrogens and estrogen receptors in the medial amygdala. Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology 2016 in Montreal, QC.

Sheppard PA, Lymer J, Mahbub S, Jani N, Kuun T, Paletta P, & Choleris E. (2016). The rapid effects of estrogens in the medial amygdala on social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience Day 2016 at the University of Guelph and Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting 2016 at the University of Waterloo.

Kuun T, Paletta P, Sheppard P, Freedland A, & Choleris E. (2016). Establishing a rapid mouse test of social recognition. Neuroscience Day 2016 at the University of Guelph.

Sheppard PA, Lymer J, Kuun T, Paletta P, & Choleris E. (2015). The rapid effects of estrogens in the medial amygdala on social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience 2015 (Society for Neuroscience, Program No. 614.01) and Society for Social Neuroscience 2015 in Chicago, IL, October 2015.

Mercer ME, Smith GL, Sheppard PA, Butler JRM, Pelley NR, & Adams RJ. (2014). Spatial contrast sensitivity is associated with human responsivity to pain.  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 55:759. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Orlando, FL., May 2014.Mercer ME, Smith GL, & Sheppard PAS. (2014). Pain tolerance predicts spatial but not temporal vision thresholds in human adults.  Journal of Vision (Supp.), 14(10). Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg, FL., May 2014.

Adams RJ, Sheppard P, Cheema A, & Mercer ME. (2013). Vision vs. hearing: Direct comparison of the human contrast sensitivity and audibility functions.  Journal of Vision (Supp.), 13(9). Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 2013.

Mercer ME & Sheppard PAS. (2013). Comparison of visual and somatosensory thresholds in human adults.  Journal of Vision (Supp.), 13(9). Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 2013.Sheppard PAS & Mercer M. (2013). Comparison of the Absolute Thresholds in the Human Senses of Vision, Audition, Touch, & Pain. Psychology Research Day 2013 at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  • College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Teaching Award (Graduate Teaching Assistant; University of Guelph) (Nominated 2018)
  • University of Guelph Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship (2017, 2018)
  • College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Dean’s Scholarship (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (Nominated 2016/2017 & 2017/2018 (shortlisted))
  • Autism Scholars Award (Nominated 2016)
  • Yeandle Family Graduate Scholarship (2015, 2018)
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland Endowment Fund Scholarship (2009)

Paul Sheppard

Postdoctoral Fellow
location_on Room 3450K--DMCBH-2215 Wesbrook Mall

PhD, University of Guelph

My research interests focus around behavioural neuroendocrinology, especially when it comes to sex differences and hormones in learning and memory. My graduate work explored how estrogens can rapidly affect short-term memory within a timeframe too brief for the classical genomic actions of estrogens to be responsible. In particular, my focus was on the mechanisms (cell signalling cascades, actin polymerization, protein synthesis) underlying the rapid actions of estrogens on social recognition – the ability of animals to recognize previously encountered conspecifics – in female mice.

As part of the Galea Lab, my research will investigate the cellular and molecular responses that occur within the brain in response to higher order cognitive processing and whether sex differences or estrogen level differences in females lead to different products within the brains of learning rodents. Understanding these sex and hormonal differences in typically learning animals can help us to understand why males and females are differently affected in neurological conditions in which cognitive processing is affected.

Paletta P, Sheppard PAS, Matta R, Ervin KSJ, Choleris E. (2018). Rapid effects of estrogens on short-term memory: Possible mechanisms. Hormones and Behavior, 104:88-99. doi: 10.1016/j.yhbeh.2018.05.019

Sheppard PAS, Koss WA, Frick KM, & Choleris E. (2018). Rapid actions of oestrogens and their receptors on memory acquisition and consolidation in females. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 30:e12485.

Alibhai FJ, Reitz CJ, Peppler W, Basu P, Sheppard P, Choleris E, Tsimakouridze E, Bakovic M, Wright DC, & Martino TA. (2018). Female ClockΔ19/Δ19 mice are protected from the development of age-dependent cardiomyopathy. Cardiovascular Research, 114:259-271. Editor’s Choice, was the topic of an Editorial Review.

*Lymer JM, *Sheppard PAS, Kuun T, Blackman A, Jani N, Mahbub S, & Choleris E. (2018). Estrogens and their receptors in the medial amygdala facilitate social recognition in female mice. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 89:30-38. *authors contributed equally to manuscript

Book Chapters

Sheppard PAS, Kuun T, Paletta P, Choleris E. Who are you and what do you know? Estrogenic regulation of social recognition and social learning. In: Estrogens and Memory: Basic Research and Clinical Implications (Frick KM ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. Accepted December 5th, 2016.

Abstracts

Sheppard P, Asling H, Armstrong S, Elad V, Walczyk-Mooradally A, Lalonde J, Choleris E. (2018). Effects of dorsal hippocampal inhibition of actin polymerization or protein synthesis on rapid estrogen-facilitated social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience 2018 (Society for Neuroscience, Abstr 593.09/XX11) and Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2018 in San Diego, CA, November 2018.

Asling HA, Sheppard PAS, Choleris E. (2018). The effects of actin polymerization inhibition on rapid estrogen-facilitated social recognition in female mice. Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting at the University of Guelph, May 2018.

Sheppard PAS, Asling HA, Armstrong SEM, Elad VM, Vellone DA, Choleris E. (2018). Translation, but not transcription, is necessary for the rapid facilitation of social recognition by estradiol in female mice. Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting at the University of Guelph, May 2018.

Sheppard PAS, Asling HA, Armstrong SEM, Elad VM, Vellone DA, Choleris E. (2018). Actin polymerization inhibition blocks rapid estrogen-facilitated social recognition in female mice. 9th International Congress of Neuroendocrinology 2018 in Toronto, ON, Canada.

Sheppard PAS, Asling HA, Armstrong SEM, Elad VM, Vellone DA, Choleris E. (2018). Protein synthesis is necessary for rapid, estradiol-facilitated social recognition in female mice. International Behavioural Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2018 in Boca Raton, FL, USA.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Watson IA, Sellers KJ, Srivastava DP, & Choleris E. (2017). The effects of PI3K inhibition on the rapid facilitation of social recognition by estrogens or estrogen receptor agonists in the dorsal hippocampi of female mice. Neuroscience 2017 (Society for Neuroscience, Abstr 159.03/NN25) and Society for Social Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2017 in Washington, DC.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Ashley JS, Gumienny-Matsuo M, & Choleris E. (2017). Regulation of rapid 17β-estradiol facilitated social recognition by MEK/ERK and PI3K/Akt cell signaling pathways in the dorsal hippocampi of female mice. International Behavioural Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting 2017 in Hiroshima, Japan.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Ashley JS, & Choleris E. (2017). The effects of MEK/ERK inhibition on rapid estrogen receptor alpha and G-protein coupled estrogen receptor facilitated social recognition. Organization for the Study of Sex Differences Annual Meeting 2017 in Montreal, QC.

Lumsden A, Sheppard PAS, Ashley JS, & Choleris E. (2017). The effects of dorsal hippocampal PI3K pathway inhibition on rapid 17β-estradiol facilitated social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience Day 2017 at the University of Guelph.

Sheppard PAS, Lumsden A, Ashley JS, & Choleris E. (2017). Rapid facilitation of social recognition by estrogen receptor alpha or G-protein coupled estrogen receptor activation in the dorsal hippocampus is MEK/ERK pathway dependent. Neuroscience Day 2017 at the University of Guelph and Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting 2017 at Brock University.

Sheppard PA, Sellers KJ, Watson IA, Srivastava DP, & Choleris E. (2016). The effects of dorsal hippocampus MEK/ERK inhibition on rapid 17beta-estradiol facilitated social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience 2016 (Society for Neuroscience, Abstr 179.05/III41) and Society for Social Neuroscience 2016 in San Diego, CA, November 2016.

Sheppard PA, Lymer J, Mahbub S, Jani N, Kuun T, Paletta P, & Choleris E. (2016). Regulation of social recognition in female mice by estrogens and estrogen receptors in the medial amygdala. Society for Behavioural Neuroendocrinology 2016 in Montreal, QC.

Sheppard PA, Lymer J, Mahbub S, Jani N, Kuun T, Paletta P, & Choleris E. (2016). The rapid effects of estrogens in the medial amygdala on social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience Day 2016 at the University of Guelph and Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association Annual Meeting 2016 at the University of Waterloo.

Kuun T, Paletta P, Sheppard P, Freedland A, & Choleris E. (2016). Establishing a rapid mouse test of social recognition. Neuroscience Day 2016 at the University of Guelph.

Sheppard PA, Lymer J, Kuun T, Paletta P, & Choleris E. (2015). The rapid effects of estrogens in the medial amygdala on social recognition in female mice. Neuroscience 2015 (Society for Neuroscience, Program No. 614.01) and Society for Social Neuroscience 2015 in Chicago, IL, October 2015.

Mercer ME, Smith GL, Sheppard PA, Butler JRM, Pelley NR, & Adams RJ. (2014). Spatial contrast sensitivity is associated with human responsivity to pain.  Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, 55:759. Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, Orlando, FL., May 2014.Mercer ME, Smith GL, & Sheppard PAS. (2014). Pain tolerance predicts spatial but not temporal vision thresholds in human adults.  Journal of Vision (Supp.), 14(10). Vision Sciences Society, St. Petersburg, FL., May 2014.

Adams RJ, Sheppard P, Cheema A, & Mercer ME. (2013). Vision vs. hearing: Direct comparison of the human contrast sensitivity and audibility functions.  Journal of Vision (Supp.), 13(9). Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 2013.

Mercer ME & Sheppard PAS. (2013). Comparison of visual and somatosensory thresholds in human adults.  Journal of Vision (Supp.), 13(9). Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, May 2013.Sheppard PAS & Mercer M. (2013). Comparison of the Absolute Thresholds in the Human Senses of Vision, Audition, Touch, & Pain. Psychology Research Day 2013 at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

  • College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Teaching Award (Graduate Teaching Assistant; University of Guelph) (Nominated 2018)
  • University of Guelph Board of Graduate Studies Research Scholarship (2017, 2018)
  • College of Social and Applied Human Sciences Dean’s Scholarship (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships-Doctoral (Nominated 2016/2017 & 2017/2018 (shortlisted))
  • Autism Scholars Award (Nominated 2016)
  • Yeandle Family Graduate Scholarship (2015, 2018)
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland Endowment Fund Scholarship (2009)