Jared Schwartzer

Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology & Education


  • B.S., Northeastern University
  • M.A., Northeastern University
  • Ph.D., Northeastern University

Courses Taught 

  • Sex, Drugs, and Psychopaths
  • Statistics
  • Clinical Neuroscience
  • Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience


Ongoing research in the Schwartzer lab focuses on the growing field of immune-induced mental health by translating clinical observations into testable hypotheses. This work lies at the intersection of behavioral neuroscience, neuroimmunology, and biomedical research to identify how interactions between the immune system and nervous system throughout gestation shape offspring brain and behavior development. We employ a range of molecular and behavioral approaches to untangle the complex gene-environment interactions that lead to neurodevelopmental disorders including autism spectrum disorders. Discover more at www.schwartzerlab.com.

Recent Publications

Schwartzer J.J., Careaga M., Chang C., Onore C.E., Ashwood P. (2015) Allergic fetal priming leads to developmental, behavioral, and neurobiological changes in mice. Translational Psychiatry. 5, e543 

Careaga M., Schwartzer J.J. Ashwood P. (2015) Inflammatory profiles in the BTBR mouse: How relevant are they to Autism Spectrum Disorders? Brain, Behavior & Immunity. 43:11-6 

Onore C.E. , Schwartzer J.J. , Careaga M. , Berman R.F. , Ashwood P. (2014)  Maternal immune activation leads to activated inflammatory macrophages in offspring. Brain, Behavior & Immunity. 38:220-6  

Schwartzer J.J. Careaga M., Onore C.E., Rushakoff  J.A., Berman  J.A, Ashwood P.  (2013) Maternal immune activation and strain specific interactions in the development of autism-like behaviors in mice. Translational Psychiatry. 3:e240 

Schwartzer, J.J., Koenig, C.M., Berman, R.F. (2013) Using mouse models of autism spectrum disorders to study the neurotoxicology of gene-environment interactions. Neurotoxicology and Teratology. 36:17-35

Schwartzer, J.J., Ricci L.A., Melloni R.H., Jr. (2013) Prior fighting experience alters fighting ability in Syrian hamsters: Implications for a role of dopamine in the establishment of dominance. Aggressive Behavior. 39(4):290-300

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