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Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology



Office: Office #116


  •  2014-current, Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA.
  • 2013-2014, Postdoctoral Fellow, Behavioral Neuroscience, Syracuse University Syracuse, NY.


  • Ph.D, Psychological Sciences & Behavioral Neuroscience, Tulane University, 2013.
  • M.A., Experimental Psychology, Indiana State University, 2008.
  • B.S., Psychology, Magna Cum Laude, SUNY Brockport, 2004.


My research interests revolve around gaining a greater understanding of the relationships between hormones, the brain and behavior.  Using an animal model, the focus of my current research is to examine:

·         The effects of stress and androgens on learning and memory.

·         The role of estrogen receptors in learning and memory in both male and females.

·         The role of the cholinergic system in learning and memory.


Serefoglu EC, Hawley WR, Lasker GF, Grissom EM, Mandava SH, Sikka SC, Dohanich GP, Hellstrom WJ (2014). Effect of botulinum-A toxin injection into bulbospongiosus muscle on ejaculation latency in male rats. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 11: 1657-63.

Hawley WR, Grissom EM, *Moody NM, Dohanich GP, Vasudevan NV (2014). Activation of the GPR30 receptor is sufficient to enhance spatial recognition memory in female rats. Behavioural Brain Research, 262: 68-73.

Ferland CL, Hawley WR, Puckett RE, *Wineberg K, Dohanich GP, Schrader LA (2013). Sirt1 activity in dentate gyrus contributes to chronic stress-induced behavior and ERK1/2 cascade changes in the hippocampus. Biological Psychiatry, 74: 927-935.

Hawley WR, Grissom EM, *Martin RC, *Halmos MB, *Bart CLS, Dohanich GP (2013). Testosterone modulates spatial recognition memory in male rats. Hormones and Behavior, 63: 559-65.

Grissom EM, Hawley WR, *Hodges, KS, *Fawcett-Patel, JM, Dohanich GP (2013). Biological sex and learning strategy preference in prepubertal rats are associated with muscarinic receptor binding in brain areas that modulate place and stimulus-response learning. Hippocampus, 23: 313-22.

Hawley WR, Grissom EM, *Belkin MN, *James TF, Dohanich GP. (2013). Decreased sexual motivation and heightened anxiety in male Long-Evans rats are correlated with the memory for a traumatic event. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42: 459-68.

Hawley WR, Grissom EM, *Patel JM, *Hodges KS, Dohanich GP. (2013). Reactivation of an aversive memory modulates learning strategy preference. Stress, 16: 73-86.

Grissom EM, Hawley WR, *Bromley-Dulfano SS, *Marino SE, *Stathopoulos NG, Dohanich GP. (2012). Learning strategy is influenced by trait anxiety and early rearing conditions in prepubertal male, but not prepubertal female rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 2; 174-81.

Hawley WR, Grissom EM, *Barratt HE, *Conrad TS, Dohanich GP. (2012). The effects of biological sex and gonadal hormones on learning strategy in adult rats. Physiology & Behavior, 105: 1014-20.

Hawley W, Grissom E, *Keskitalo L, *Hastings T, Dohanich G. (2011). Sexual motivation and anxiety-like behaviors of male rats after exposure to a trauma followed by situational reminders. Physiology & Behavior, 102: 181-7.

Hawley WR, Grissom EM, Dohanich GP. (2011). The relationships between trait anxiety, place recognition memory, and learning strategy. Behavioural Brain Research, 216: 525-30.

Grissom EM, Brubaker B, Capdevila OS, Hawley WR, Gozal D. (2009). Eye movement during REM sleep in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Developmental Neuropsychology, 34: 552-9.