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Sarah Johnson


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Cecilia M. Fox | Professor and Chair of Biological Sciences and Director of the Neuroscience Program

Office location: PPHAC 220
Lab location: Collier 320
Office phone: 610-861-1426

B.S. in Biology, Manhattan College
Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Anatomy, University of Kentucky

Teaching and Research Interests

My teaching responsibilities include the following courses: Neuroscience (NEUR/BIOL263), Introduction to Neuroscience Methods (NEUR 367), Neuroscience Seminar (NEUR373), Brain Sex (NEUR218), Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL103–104), Human Physiology (BIOL350) and Histology (BIOL345).

My primary area of research focuses on the neurobiology of aging and neuroprotective effects of antioxidants/growth factors in animal models of neurodegeneration. My lab attempts to define the scope of protection afforded by such antioxidants as selenium, α-tocopherol and curcumin in the rat model of Parkinson's disease.  A second area of research in my lab that was recently funded by the Council of Independent Colleges Intergenerational Grant examines the impact of personalized music on cognition and quality of life measures in elders living with dementia.  

Halasz S., R. Stowell, and C.M. Fox. DNSP-11 is protective in the MPP+ and TaClo models of Parkinson's disease. In preparation.

Fox. C.M. 2019.  Bridging the Generational Divide:  Using Age as a Central Lens for Neuroscience Research and Service Learning.  Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Newsletter.  October 2019 Issue.

Fox C.M. 2017. Why government funding for science research matters.  Op-Ed.  The Morning Call, March  31, 2017.

Fox C.M. 2017. Teaching neuroscience with a liberal arts edge. Neuronline, Society for Neuroscience Publishers.

Fox C.M. 2016.  Brain awareness outreach:  A liberal arts perspective.  Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Newsletter.  May 2016 Issue. 

Fox C.M. 2015. "Developing the next generation of civic-minded neuroscience scholars: Incorporating service learning and advocacy throughout a neuroscience program." Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education 14(1):A23–A28.

Fox C.M. 2014. "Engaging neuroscience undergraduates in advocacy." Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Quarterly 2(2):3–5.

Fox C.M. 2010. "Cow brains and sheep brains and rat brains, oh my! Using service learning to educate the public about the benefits of animal research."Research Saves 2(10):24–25.

Fox C.M. 2007. "Brain Awareness Day: Integrating service with classroom instruction in neuroscience."Journal of College Science Teaching 37(2): 40-45.

Mueller S., M. Drost, and C.M. Fox 2007. "Dietary and intraperitoneal administration of selenium provide comparable protection in the 6-hydroxydopamine lesion rat model of Parkinson’s disease."IMPULSE 2:1–10.

Fox C.M. 2004 "The positive outcomes of student involvement in Brain Awareness Day, 2004." Proceedings of the Best Practices in Higher Education, November issue: 19–21.

Fox C.M., D.M. Gash, M.K. Smoot and W.A. Cass. 2001. "Neuroprotective effects of GDNF against 6-OHDA in young and aged rats." Brain Research 896(1–2):56–63.

Fox C.M. and R. Alder. 2000. "Neural Mechanisms of Aging," Neuroscience for Rehabilitation, 2nd edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Select Presentations

Jones M, Buskirk M and Fox CM, The Impact of Personalized Music on Cognition and Quality of Life Measures in Elders Living with Dementia, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference, 2019

Jones M, Buskirk M and Fox CM, Bridging the Generational Divide: Partnering Undergraduates and Elders Through Music as Part of Brain Awareness Outreach, Society for Neuroscience Conference, 2019 

Seitz B, Jones M and Fox CM, Challenges and effects of personalized music on cognition in dementia patients Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience Conference, 2018

Seitz B and Fox CM, Effects of personalized music on cognition in dementia patients:  a Music and Memory Pilot Study, Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Conference, 2017

Fox CM, Highlighting advocacy through brain awareness service learning throughout the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, Society for Neuroscience Conference, 2017

Ryan J, Seitz B, Cusimano M, O’Hanlon K, Palmeri M and Fox CM, Incorporating advocacy in brain awareness service learning programs using a liberal arts approach, Society for Neuroscience Conference, 2017

Kanakamedala L and Fox CM,  The neuroprotective potential of curcumin in the 6-hydroxydopamine rat model of Parkinson’s disease, Lehigh Valley SfN Undergraduate Research Conference, 2017

Jordan R and Fox CM, The impact of long term exposure to curcumin in the 6-hydroxydopamine nigral lesioned rat, Lehigh Valley SfN Undergraduate Research Conference, 2017

Spencer M, Ghoweri AO and Fox CM, The neuroprotective potential of intranasal DNSP-11 in a 6-OHDA rodent model:  a behavior and cellular study, Lehigh Valley SfN Undergraduate Research Conference2016


Sarah Johnson

Sarah K. Johnson | Associate Professor and Psychology Department Chair

Office location: PPHAC 224
Office phone: 610-625-7013

B.A., Bucknell University
Ph.D., Temple University

Research Interests
Johnson's research focuses on semantic memory—i.e., general knowledge—and the processes used to organize it. She studies our memory for music and how it changes or doesn't change with age. She is shifting into a new area of research looking at the semantic-network connections that underlie stereotyped attitudes. Lastly, she conducts research on pedagogy—focusing on flipped classrooms and other active learning approaches, and studying students' comfort level with alternative teaching styles. Other areas of academic interest include executive function, cognitive neuroscience as a whole, and frontal-lobe functioning in particular.

Sarah K. Johnson received her B.A. from Bucknell University and her Ph.D. in cognitive psychology with a neuroscience focus from Temple University. Her current research focuses on the role of executive processes, which are mediated by the frontal lobes of the brain, in memory. In particular, Dr. Johnson studies inhibitory processes that can impair our ability to retrieve memories. Her research explores how practicing some information can actually make us temporarily “forget” other related information and investigates the inhibitory components of tests used to diagnose frontal-lobe function. Dr. Johnson is the faculty advisor to the Psychology Club and treasurer of the Lehigh Valley Society for Neuroscience chapter.