Melissa Birkett, PhD
PhD Neuroscience and Behavior, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2007
MEd Secondary Education, Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2005
BA Psychology, Concentration in Biopsychology, Cornell University, 2001
Dr. Birkett’s current research interests include various
aspects of anxiety disorders and their treatment. At Northern Arizona
University, she looks forward to working collaboratively to examine
physiological measures of anxiety within a university population.
Her goal of her future research is to better understand how
people respond to stressful situations (through measures such as heart rate, blood
pressure, and stress hormone release) and what factors may be involved in
regulating these responses.
Peer Reviewed Publications
Other Scholarly Publications
- Birkett, M., Hughes, A. (2013). Librarian and Faculty Member Partnership to Promote Psychology Students' use of Research Resources. Psychology Learning and Teaching, 12, 1, 96-100.
- Birkett, M. (2012). Use of anxiolytic natural products by college students. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 18, 6, 1-2.
- Birkett, M. A., Neff, L., Pieper, S. (2012). Using personal interest portfolios to promote engagement and improve student learning in a large introductory course. Journal on Excellence in College Teaching, 23, 2, 49-67.
- Birkett, M. A., Shelton, K.* (2011). Participating in an introductory neuroscience course decreases neuroscience anxiety. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 10(1), A37-A43.
- Birkett, M. A. (2011). The Trier Social Stress Test protocol for inducing psychological stress. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 56, e3238.DOI:10.3791/3238.
- Piper, B. J., Gray, H.M.*, Birkett, M.A. (2011). Maternal smoking cessation and reduced academic and behavioral problems in offspring. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 121(1-2), 62-67.
- Birkett, M. A., Shinday, N. M., Kessler E. J.*, Meyer, J. S., Ritchie, S.*, Rowlett, J. K. (2011). Acute anxiogenic-like effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are attenuated by the benzodiazepine diazepam in BALB/c mice. Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior, 98(4), 544-551.
- Birkett, M. A. (2009). Every cell counts: An inquiry-based approach to address a novel research question in an undergraduate neuroscience lab. Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 7(2): A53-A64.
- Birkett, M., Neff, L., Pieper, S. (2013). Portfolios in psychology classes: Dispelling myths. The APS Observer, 26, 2. Accessible online: http://www.psychologicalscience.org/index.php/publications/observer/2013/february-13/portfolios-in-psychology-classes.html
- Demir, M., Birkett, M., Dickson, K. L., Miller, M. (2012). Psychological Science in Action: Applying psychology to everyday issues. Cognella publishing.
- Birkett, M., Dickson, K. L. (2012). Study Guide for The Power of Habit. Why we do what we do in life and business. By Charles Duhigg. Random House.
- Hughes, A., Birkett, M. (2011). Assessing an academic partnership between a librarian and faculty member: Influence on student use of research resources. New Leadership Alliance for Student Learning and Accountability newsletter; Perspectives and Practice, October, 2011. Accessible online: http://www.newleadershipalliance.org/newsletter/issue/october_2011/#perspectives_and_practice1
- The Psychology of Food - A Freshman Seminar Class. Access the video for the Hungerbanquet here.
- Psychology Undergraduate Research - A video on stress research.
- The Trier Social Stress Test Protocal for Inducing Psychological Stress.
Dr. Birkett’s looks forward to teaching graduate
and undergraduate courses in physiological psychology and psychopharmacology.