Sara Westbrook

Research Interests

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Developmental aspects of drug addiction and treatment
  • Developmental neurobehavioral disorders and treatment
  • Ontogeny and neural basis of memory systems

Education

B.S. in Psychology & Neuroscience (Hons) w/ Distinction - University of Delaware, 2009-2013

M.S. in Neuroscience - University of Delaware, 2013-2014

Ph.D. in Psychology - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014-present

Grants

American Psychological Foundation and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology

  • Peter and Malina James & Dr. Louis P. James Legacy Scholarship - 2018

Awards and Honors

2012                Supply and Expense Grant Award, Undergraduate Research Program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2013                Donald W. Harward Fellows Grant Award, Undergraduate Research Program, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2014                Student Travel Award, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Diego, CA

2013                Graduate Student Travel Award, Psychology Department, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2013                Professional Development Award, Office of Graduate and Professional Education, University of Delaware, Newark, DE

2014                Student Travel Award, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Washington, D.C.

2018                Student Travel Award, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, San Diego, CA

2018                Graduate College Conference Travel Award, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2019                Illinois Mentoring Certificate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2017, '18, '19  Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students (Outstanding Rating), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2019                Conference Travel Award for Early Career Investigators, College on Problems of Drug Dependence, San Antonio, TX

2019                Student Travel Award, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology, Chicago, IL

Courses Taught

PSYC 311 Behavioral Neuroscience Lab:

Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019

Highlighted Publications

Westbrook, S.R., Hankosky, E.R., Dwyer, M.R., & Gulley, J.M. (2018). Age and sex differences in behavioral flexibility, sensitivity to reward value, and risky decision-making. Behavioral Neuroscience 132(2): 75-87.

Ramsaran, A.I., Westbrook, S.R., & Stanton, M.E. (2016). Ontogeny of object-in-context recognition in the rat. Behav Brain Res 298(Pt A): 37-47.

Westbrook, S.R., Brennan, L.E., & Stanton, M.E. (2014). Ontogeny of object recognition vs. object location performance in the rat: Acquisition and retention effects. Dev Psychobio 56(7): 1492-506.

Jablonski, S.A., Schreiber, W.B., Westbrook, S.R., Brennan, L.E., & Stanton, M.E. (2013). Determinants of novel object and location recognition during development.

Recent Publications

Westbrook, S.R., Kang, M., Sherrill, L.K., O’Hearn, D., Krishnamani, T., & Gulley, J.M. (2018). Sex differences in adolescent ethanol drinking to behavioral intoxication. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior 110 (1): 54-62.

Hankosky, E.R., Westbrook, S.R., Haake, R.M., Willing, J., Raetzman, L.T., Juraska, J.M., & Gulley, J.M. (2018). Age- and sex-dependent effects of methamphetamine on cognitive flexibility and 5-HT2C receptor localization in the orbitofrontal cortex of Sprague-Dawley rats. Behavioural Brain Research 349: 16-24.

Hankosky, E.R., Westbrook, S.R., Haake, R.M., Marinelli, M., & Gulley, J.M. (2018). Reduced sensitivity to reinforcement in adolescent compared to adult Sprague-Dawley rats of both sexes. Psychopharmacology 235(3): 861-871.