Susanne Brummelte

Susanne Brummelte

Associate Professor

Susanne Brummelte

Office Address

 5057 Woodward Ave. Room 8206.1 


Department of Psychology 

Chair, Beahvioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Area 


Postdoctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia and Child and Family Research Institute, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2007-2012
Dr. rer. nat (~ Ph.D.), Biology, University of Bielefeld, Germany, 2007
Diplom (~ M.Sc.), Biology, University of Bielefeld, Germany, 2004

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My current research focuses on the effects of early adverse life experience on brain development and the subsequent behavioral and neuroanatomical changes in both males and females. I am particularly interested in the consequences of exposure to depression, stress or opioids during pregnancy or the postpartum period and how this affects brain neurochemistry and stress responsivity later in life.

Further, my lab studies the effects of early pain exposure as well as medications such as anti-depressants or medications for opioid use disorder on brain development and the maternal brain and behavior using rats as the animal model of choice. The research addresses important questions on how exposure to early adverse conditions such as pharmacological treatments can influence the mother-infant dyad, maturation of the nervous system and the long-term outcome of the offspring.

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Research Interests

Developmental Neuroscience


Behavioral Neuroscience


Drug exposure during pregnancy 




Disease/Disorder Research

Maternal stress and depression,
Neonatal pain and early adversity
Addiction and its treatment during pregnancy and postpartum
Opioid and cannabis use

Research Key Collaborators

 Drs. Shane Perrine, Scott Bowen, Justin Kenney, Pat Mueller, Carolyn Herrington, Kelly Bosse, Hilary Marusak

Research Methods

 Behavioral testing, neuropharmacology, neuroendocrinology, immunohistochemistry, ELISAs etc.


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