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Two New Faculty Members To Join The Neuroscience Program in August

Brandy TiernanBrandy N. Tiernan
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Tiernan received her Bachelor of Arts degree—psychology major with minors in Philosophy and Criminal Justice—from the University of North Texas in 2004.  The largest university in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, University of North Texas has almost 30,000 undergraduate students and more than 6,000 graduate students in 81 Master’s and 34 doctoral programs.

Dr. Tiernan did her graduate work at Western Kentucky University (M.A. in applied experimental psychology) and at the Iowa State University (2012 Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology with a minor in gerontology), where she was a George Washington Carver Fellow.  Her dissertation was The Neural Correlates of Emotion Regulation.  She has taught at both Iowa State University [including an honors course in Human Emotions] and Western Kentucky University.  She has published a half dozen articles in professional journals and made numerous presentations at conferences.  Her research interests include aging, affective information processing, cognitive control, and emotion regulation/dysregulation.

Dr. Tiernan is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), The Psychonomic Society, the Society for Psychophysiological Research, and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Dr. Tiernan comes to us from two years as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at Western Kentucky University, where she mentored eleven undergraduate and ten graduate students.

Kate Seip-CammackKatharine M. Seip-Cammack
Visiting Assistant Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

Katharine Seip-Cammack is a visiting professor for the 2014-2015 academic year. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University and a Ph.D. in Integrative Neuroscience from Rutgers University. She completed her postdoctoral training at The Rockefeller University and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, supported by a research fellowship from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Dr. Seip-Cammack’s research focuses on understanding how drugs of abuse impact normal behavior and cognitive processes, using rodents as a model. Specifically, she is interested in how abused drugs alter normal brain processes like learning, memory, and motivation; how social or environmental enrichment impacts drug seeking; and why similar individuals respond differently to the same drug. Her current research explores how prescription opiate drugs, such as oxycodone, affect rats’ ability to learn and make decisions.

Prior to joining the Sewanee faculty, Dr. Seip-Cammack taught courses at Bard College and Hunter College. She has supervised the independent research projects of many undergraduate students, and enjoys using the laboratory as an active learning environment.