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.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS (from 2016 on) (students in BOLD)

For a complete list of publications, visit:

McCormick CM, Cameron NM, Thompson MA, Cumming MJ, Hodges TE, Langett M (in press) The sexual preference of female rats is influenced by males’ adolescent social stress history and social status. Hormones and Behavior.

Simone JJ, McCormick CM (in press) Intracellular signalling and plasma hormone profiles associated with the expression of unconditioned and conditioned fear and anxiety in female rats. Physiology & Behavior.

McCormick CM, Green MR, Simone JJ (in press) Translational relevance of rodent models of hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal function and stressors in adolescence. Neurobiology of Stress.

McCormick CM, Hodges TE (2017) Stress, Glucocorticoids, and Brain Development in Rodent Models. In G. Fink (Ed.) ‘Neuroendocrinology and Endocrinology: Handbook of Stress Series, Volume 2’. Elsevier, NY.

Green MR, Norttrodt RE, Simone JJ, McCormick CM (2016) Glucocorticoid receptor translocation and expression of relevant genes in the hippocampus of adolescent and adult male rats Psychoneuroendocrinology. 73: 32-41.

Geniole SN, David JPF, Euzebio RFR, Toledo BZS, Neves AIM, McCormick CM (in press) Restoring land and mind: The benefits of an outdoor walk on mood are enhanced in a naturalized landfill area relative to its neighbouring urban area. Ecopsychology. 8: 107-120.

Geniole SN, MacDonell ET, McCormick CM (in press) The Point Subtraction Aggression Paradigm as a laboratory tool for investigating the neuroendocrinology of aggression and competition. Hormones and Behavior.

Green MR, McCormick CM (2016) Sex and stress steroids in adolescence: Gonadal regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis in the rat. General and Comparative Endocrinology. 234:110-116.





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