Jennifer Honeycutt

Affiliation: Psychology, Neuroscience
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, on leave for the 2023–2024 academic year
Behavioral and Affective Neuroscience

My research interests are at the intersection of brain and behavior and how we can leverage preclinical model systems to understand human emotional [dys]regulation within the context of early life adversity.

Questions we investigate in the Research in Affective and Translational [RAT] Neuroscience Lab include:

  • How is emotional processing and resulting behavior neuroanatomically represented?
  • What are the neural changes that underly affective function as it relates to pathology (i.e., anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, PTSD, etc.)
  • How do early adverse experiences (such as neglect) confer risk/resilience across the lifespan?
  • When (and how) does adversity alter epigenetic (i.e., DNA methylation) trajectories on brain and behavior?
  • Can we utilize ethological stimuli (like rat social communication) to elicit changes in affective behavior in a listening animal to better understand processing of ambiguous threat?

Learn more about my research, teaching, undergraduate research team and RAT Neuro Lab news on my website

Curriculum Vitae

Jennifer Honeycutt headshot


  • Postdoctoral Research, Northeastern University
  • PhD, University of Connecticut
  • MA, University of Connecticut
  • BA, Colby College