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Adrienne J Betz

Professor of Psychology
Director of Behavioral Neuroscience

BA, MA, PhD, University of Connecticut

College of Arts & Sciences


PS 357

Drugs, Brain and Behavior - Spring 2019

PS 252

Physiological Psychology - Fall 2018

PS 401

Integrative Capstone for Psychology and Behavioral Neuroscience Majors - Spring 2019

PS 353

Research Methods in Behavioral Neuroscience - Fall 2018



Phone Number

(203) 582-5259

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Office Location

Tator Hall #221A


I am currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Behavioral Neuroscience at Quinnipiac University.

Courses Taught

Experimental Methods (PS 307) Physiological Psychology (PS 252) Sensation and Perception (PS 354) Behavioral Neuroscience Research Methods (PS 353) Senior Thesis (PS 409) Drugs, Brain and Behavior (PS357)

Selected Publications

Recent Publications 1) Pardo M, Betz A, San Miguel N, Lapez-Cruz L, Salamone JD, Correa M (2013). Acetate as an active metabolite of ethanol: studies of locomotion, loss of righting reflex and anxiety in rodents. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 7(81), doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00081 2) Betz A, Jayatilaka S, Joshi J, Ramanan S, DeBartolo D, Pylypiw H, Franke E (2013). Chronic Exposure to Benzyl Butyl Phthalate (BBP) Alters Social Interaction and Fear Conditioning in Male Adult Rats: Alterations in Amygdalar MeCP2, ERK1/2 and ERa. Neuroendocrinology Letters, 34(5), 347-358

Community / Practive Activities

Research Interests


Honors & Awards

NIH Loan Repayment Program Recipient CT Chapter SFN Nominee and SFN National Post-doctoral Travel Award Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Equipment Loan Program, Award Recipient Susan Tieman Faculty Mentor Award, Northeast grad/undergraduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON) Quinnipiac Center for Excellence in Teaching and Service to Students Nominee and Semifinalist Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Equipment Loan Program, Award Recipient NARSAD Young Investigator Award, Brain and Behavior Foundation 2013

Educational Background

University of Connecticut BA 2000 Psychology/Neuroscience University of Connecticut MA 2004 Psychology/Neuroscience University of Connecticut Ph.D. 2006 Psychology/Neuroscience Yale University Fellow 2006 Molecular Psychiatry Yale University Associate 2008 Molecular Psychiatry Yale University Affiliate 2009 Molecular Psychiatry