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., Onore, C.E., Rushakoff, J.A., Berman, R.F., 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. (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

Schwartzer, J.J., Melloni, R.H. (2010) Dopamine activity in the lateral anterior hypothalamus modulates AAS-induced aggression through D2 but not D5 receptors. Behavioral Neuroscience. 124(5):645-55