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


I seek to understand the link between brain function and behavior, particularly social interactions. My interests broadly exam the basic neural circuitry underlying social behaviors and how genetics, the environment, and their interactions shape brain development. Currently, my research focuses on how changes in a pregnant mother’s immune system can affect the offspring’s social development and neurotransmitter function. These studies utilize a range of preclinical models to better understand the causes of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorders.

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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