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Susan E. Maloney, PhD

Current Position
Instructor in Psychiatry

University Roles
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Faculty Member
Animal Behavior Core Faculty Advisor

Education and Training
B.A., Psychology, University of Missouri - St. Louis, 2003
M.A., General Experimental Psychology, University of Missouri - St. Louis, 2007
Ph.D. Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Missouri - St. Louis, 2012
Postdoctoral Training, Joseph Dougherty, Washington University School of Medicine, 2012-2017

Major Awards
W.M. Keck Fellowship for Molecular Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine, 2014-2015
Neuroscience, Behavior and Cognition Student of the Year Award, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2011
Outstanding Research in Behavioral Neuroscience Award, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2011
Kathy Van Dyke Scholarship for Leadership and Significant Contribution to the Field of Psychology, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2008
Outstanding Graduate Student in the Ph.D. Program in Behavioral Neuroscience Award, University of Missouri – St. Louis, 2007


Areas of Research Interests
I am interested in understanding the common and distinct circuit disruptions caused by different liabilities to neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on the role of the serotonin system and autism.


More articles and abstracts at the National Library of Medicine

Key Publications
Maloney SE, Creeley CE, Hartman RE, Yuede CM, Zorumski CF, Jevtovic-Todorovic V, Dikranian K, Noguchi KK, Farber NB, Wozniak DF, (2018 Mar). Using animal models to evaluate the functional consequences of anesthesia during early neurodevelopment. Neurobiol Learn Mem.   Full Article ->

Maloney SE, Chandler KC, Anastasaki C, Rieger MA, Gutmann DH, Dougherty JD, (2018 Jan). Characterization of early communicative behavior in mouse models of neurofibromatosis type 1. Autism Res. 11(1): 44-58.  Full Article ->

Maloney SE, Khangura E, Dougherty JD, (2016 05). The RNA-binding protein Celf6 is highly expressed in diencephalic nuclei and neuromodulatory cell populations of the mouse brain. Brain Struct Funct. 221(4): 1809-31.  Full Article ->

Dougherty JD, Maloney SE, Wozniak DF, Rieger MA, Sonnenblick L, Coppola G, Mahieu NG, Zhang J, Cai J, Patti GJ, Abrahams BS, Geschwind DH, Heintz N, (2013 Feb). The disruption of Celf6, a gene identified by translational profiling of serotonergic neurons, results in autism-related behaviors. J. Neurosci.. 33(7): 2732-53.  Full Article ->

Dalal J, Roh JH, Maloney SE, Akuffo A, Shah S, Yuan H, Wamsley B, Jones WB, de Guzman Strong C, Gray PA, Holtzman DM, Heintz N, Dougherty JD, (2013 Mar). Translational profiling of hypocretin neurons identifies candidate molecules for sleep regulation. Genes Dev.. 27(5): 565-78.  Full Article ->

Maloney SE, Noguchi KK, Wozniak DF, Fowler SC, Farber NB, (2011 Dec). Long-term Effects of Multiple Glucocorticoid Exposures in Neonatal Mice. Behav Sci (Basel). 1(1): 4-30.  Full Article ->