Faculty Accomplishments

Mount Holyoke professors have won Pulitzer and Guggenheim awards, NASA grants, and Carnegie Fellowships.

They receive millions in funding from the National Science Foundation, leading to unique research opportunities for students. Each year they publish approximately 30 books, write more than 150 articles and scientific papers, many with undergraduate coauthors, and receive many major grants, the majority for work with students. Ninety-six percent have a doctorate or other terminal degree.

They’re intense, passionate, innovative, determined, and demanding. Explore their accomplishments here, read recent faculty news articles or search the faculty directory.

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Church JS, Renzelman ML [MHC ’20], Schwartzer JJ. Ten-week high fat and high sugar diets in mice alter gut-brain axis cytokines in a sex-dependent manner. J Nutr Biochem. 2022 Feb;100:108903.


Fitzroy, A. B., Jones, B. J., Kainec, K. A., Seo, J., & Spencer, R. M. C. (2022). Aging-related changes in cortical sources of sleep oscillatory neural activity following motor learning reflect contributions of cortical thickness and pre-sleep functional activity. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 13. https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnagi.2021.787654


Rivera-Rodriguez, A., Sherwood, M., Fitzroy, A. B., Sanders, L. D., & Dasgupta, N. (2021). Anger, race, and the neurocognition of threat: Attention, inhibition, and error processing during a weapon identification task. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 6(1), 74. https://doi.org/10.1186/s41235-021-00342-w


Church J.S., Tamayo J.M., Ashwood P., Schwartzer J.J. (2021) Repeated allergic asthma in early versus late pregnancy differentially impacts offspring brain and behavior development. Brain Behav Immun., 93, 66-79.


Fitzroy, A. B., Kainec, K. A., & Spencer, R. M. C. (2021). Ageing-related changes in nap neuroscillatory activity are mediated and moderated by grey matter volume. European Journal of Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejn.15468


Rivera-Rodriguez, A., Sherwood, M., Fitzroy, A. B., Sanders, L. D., & Dasgupta, N. (in press). Anger, race, and the neurocognition of threat: Attention, inhibition, and error processing during a weapon identification task. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications.


Fitzroy, A. B., Kainec, K. A., Seo, J., & Spencer, R. M. C. (2021). Encoding and consolidation of motor sequence learning in young and older adults. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 185, 107508. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2021.107508