Dr. Rachel Bowman stays busy juggling the demands of academia and family life. She
has a great husband, two really cool daughters, and a cute (but not overly smart) dog.
Her interests are varied and include reading, organic gardening & composting, the
seasons, family, and the small detail s of everyday life. 

Rachel very much enjoys teaching and likes the challenge of integrating her areas of
research expertise into the classes she teaches. Rachel maintains an active program of
research and views research with students as an extension of her teaching. Several of her
past student research assistants have presented at conferences, as well as been
co-authors on peer-reviewed manuscripts. She encourages interested students to come and
speak with her about possible research opportunities. 

Degrees: Ph.D., Graduate School and University Center – CUNY (Hunter College); MA and BS,
Appalachian State University. 

Teaching: Dr. Bowman teaches in both the traditional and online formats. Aside from
supervising student capstone research projects, she regularly teaches: Introduction to
Psychology, Experimental Research, Brain & Behavior, Advanced Psychological Research. 

Research: Dr. Bowman is interested in how stress, of different durations, affects memory
and how these stress-induced memory alterations are different for male and female rats.
She is also interested in sex-dependent stress effects on anxiety and depression-like
behaviors, as well as how these responses can be attenuated by environmental enrichment.



Bisphenol-A Exposure During Adolescence Leads to Enduring Alterations in Cognition and Dendritic Spine Density in Adult Male and Female Rats (with Victoria N. Luine, Samantha Diaz Weinstein, Hameda Khandaker, Sarah DeWolf, and Maya Frankfurt), Psychology Faculty Publications (2014)

We have previously demonstrated that adolescent exposure of rats to bisphenol-A (BPA), an environmental endocrine...



Adolescent Bisphenol-A Exposure Decreases Dendritic Spine Density: Role of Sex and Age (with Victoria N. Luine, Hameda Khandaker, Joseph J. Villafane, and Maya Frankfurt), Psychology Faculty Publications (2014)

Bisphenol-A (BPA), a common environmental endocrine disruptor, modulates estrogenic, androgenic, and anti-androgenic effects throughout the...



Adolescent Exposure to Bisphenol-A Increases Anxiety and Sucrose Preference but Impairs Spatial Memory in Rats Independent of Sex (with Samantha Diaz Weinstein, Joseph J. Villafane, and Nicole Juliano), Psychology Faculty Publications (2013)

The endocrine disruptor Bisphenol-A (BPA) has been shown to modulate estrogenic, androgenic, and anti-androgenic effects....



Chronically Stressed Female Rats Show Increased Anxiety But No Behavioral Alterations in Object Recognition or Placement Memory: A Preliminary Examination (with R. Kelly), Psychology Faculty Publications (2012)

Stress, depending on intensity and duration, elicits adaptive or maladaptive physiological effects. Increasing evidence shows...



Sex-Dependent Changes in Anxiety, Memory, and Monoamines Following One Week of Stress (with R. Micik, C. Gautreaux, L. Fernandez, and V. N. Luine), Psychology Faculty Publications (2009)

Chronic restraint stress alters performance of rats on cognitive tasks, and anxiety measurements, and these...



Adolescent Bisphenol-A Exposure Increases Anxiety, Impairs Spatial Memory, and Leads to Enduring Decreases in Dendritic Spine Density in Rats, Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting of the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society: Held in conjunction with the 54th Annual Meeting of the Teratology Society (2014)