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Jessica Connelly

Associate Professor
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Department of Psychology
Office location and address
Gilmer 185
485 McCormick Rd
Charlottesville, Virginia 22903
Biography

Research in the Connelly lab is focused on the dissection of complex phenotypes and human disease at the level of transcription and epigenetic regulation. Our current projects seek to understand the relationship between DNA methylation of the oxytocin receptor and individual differences in behavior in humans and model systems.

Application Project Title: Mechanisms of maternal brain changes with birth interventions
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Child Health & Human Develop
April 10, 2019 – March 31, 2024
Fellowship on behalf of Catherine Thrasher: Caregiver Context and the Infant's Neural Response to Threat
Source: U.S. NIH Institute of Child Health & Human Develop
August 16, 2021 – October 31, 2022
AS-PSYC Oxytocin Pathways and
Source: University Of Arizona
September 01, 2019 – August 31, 2021
The Hartwell Foundation Fellowship for Kathleen Krol 2018-2020
Source: The Hartwell Foundation
August 01, 2018 – July 31, 2020
AS-PSYC Developmental Consquences of Birth Interventions
Source: Trustees of Indiana University
April 16, 2015 – February 29, 2020
AS-PSYC Neurobiological Underpinnings of Loving Kindness Meditation
Source: Johns Hopkins University, The
April 15, 2014 – July 31, 2015
AS-PSYC Epigenetic Consequences of Birth-Related Interventions
Source: Northeastern University
April 11, 2014 – May 14, 2015
MD-INMD Epigenetic Consequences of Birth-Related Interventions
Source: Northeastern University
April 11, 2014 – February 28, 2015
MD-INMD-CV-Oxytocin alterations in schizophrenia:Plasma levels and gene methylation in patients & relatives
Source: University of Illinois at Chicago
January 15, 2013 – January 14, 2015
Optimal Birth & the Biology of Love
Source: The John E. Fetzer Institute, Inc.
June 15, 2012 – November 30, 2014
MD-INMD Epigenomics of Atherosclerosis
Source: U.S. NIH Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute
September 08, 2009 – July 31, 2014
Epigenetics and the Oxytocin Pathway
Source: Autism Speaks, Inc.
February 01, 2011 – January 31, 2013
EGMT 1520: Empirical & Scientific Engagement
Credits: 2
In this class students will learn to analyze claims about the material and social worlds through formulation and testing of new questions and hypotheses based on observation and experience.
PSYC 3210: RM: Psychobiology Laboratory
Credits: 3
Develops skills necessary for the study of neural bases of behavior, such as brain dissection, electrophysiology, histology, behavioral analysis, and genetic/epigenetic analyses. Emphasis is on mastering contemporary techniques used in neuroscience research and effective, professional written presentation of research findings. Prerequisite: PSYC 2200 or 4200 or BIOL 3050; PSYC 3005 recommended.
PSYC 3559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
PSYC 3590: Research in Psychology
Credits: 2–3
An original experimental project is undertaken in which each student is responsible for the design and operation of the experiment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: 14 credits of psychology and instructor permission.
COGS 3960: Cognitive Science Research
Credits: 3
This course aims to provide faculty-supervised research experience. A faculty mentor should be identified before enrollment. S/U grading. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: Faculty supervisor permission.
NESC 3960: Research in Neuroscience
Credits: 3
Students in Neuroscience major are expected to participate in active research, supervised by a faculty research mentor. The course grade is based on 10 hours/week lab work toward achieving term goals that are determined individually at the beginning of the term. Students are expected to submit a Term Plan one month after the first day of classes and a Progress Report two weeks before the last day of classes.
NESC 3985: Current Topics in Neuroscience II
Credits: 3
Current developments in the interdisciplinary field of neuroscience will be examined, from molecular neurobiology through cognitive neuroscience. Instruction will be based on readings of original literature, presentation of original and new data from Neuroscience faculty and attendance of seminar talks as part of the Neuroscience Graduate Seminar series. Prerequisite: Major in Neuroscience.
PSYC 4260: RM: Genetic and Epigenetic Research in Behavior
Credits: 3
We will discuss basic concepts in genetics/epigenetics and the role these molecular modifications play in behavior and disorder. We will evaluate empirical papers and learn the molecular techniques described within them. Completion of this course should result in increased knowledge of the use of genome level data in psychology and biology.
NESC 4970: Distinguished Majors Thesis
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. The thesis must be based on empirical research conducted by the student. Prerequisite: Participant in Neuroscience DMP.
COGS 4970: Distinguished Major Thesis
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings.
COGS 4980: Distinguished Major Thesis
Credits: 6
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a departmental faculty member. The thesis may be based on empirical research conducted by the student or a critical review or theoretical analysis of existing findings.
NESC 4980: Distinguished Majors Thesis
Credits: 3
A two-semester course in which the student prepares a thesis under the supervision of a Neuroscience Graduate Program faculty member. The thesis must be based on empirical research conducted by the student. Prerequisite: Participant in Neuroscience DMP.
PSYC 5559: New Course in Psychology
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of psychology.
PSYC 7230: Genetic and Epigenetic Research in Behavior
Credits: 3
We will explore the genetic and epigenetic data that has been linked to behavior in both humans and animal systems. Special attention will be paid to techniques and analyses that are important for understanding these data.
PSYC 7502: Contemporary Issues: Neuroscience and Behavior
Credits: 2
Discusses contemporary developments in psychological theory, methods, and research. Prerequisite: Graduate standing in psychology or instructor permission.
PSYC 8998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Thesis
Credits: 1–12
For master's research, taken before a thesis director has been selected.
PSYC 9501: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
PSYC 9502: Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
Independent laboratory research undertaken with advisor. Graded and can be repeated. Instructor permission required.
NESC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PSYC 9998: Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director has been selected.
PHY 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation.
NESC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral research, under the supervision of a dissertation director.
PSYC 9999: Non-Topical Research
Credits: 1–12
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director.