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Dr. Stephen Lippi


Department of Psychology

Assistant Professor
  • Ph.D., Psychology, Concentration in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience, George Mason University
  • M.A., Psychology, Concentration in Cognitive & Behavioral Neuroscience George Mason University
  • B.S., Psychology, George Mason University
  • Undergraduate: Research Methods and Statistical Analysis, Behavioral Neuroscience, Cognition, Evolutionary Psychology, Career Exploration
  • Graduate: Advanced Learning, Multivariate Design & Analysis, Evolutionary Psychology, Neuroscience, Science of Brain Health

My research interests include the way our brain and behavior are impacted by neurodegeneration (Alzheimer’s disease) and poor lifestyle choices (i.e. poor diet, exercise, and sleep habits). Through the use of animal models, I measure changes in behavior as a result of altered neurological functioning, changes in dietary habits, and other lifestyle factors.

Selected publications (Peer-reviewed Journal articles)

  • Lippi, SLP., Kakalec, PA., Smith, ML., & Flinn, JM. (2020). Wheel-running behavior is negatively impacted by zinc administration in a novel dual transgenic mouse model of AD. Neurosci: 14:854. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2020.00854
  • Neely, C. L. C., Lippi, S. L. P., Lanzirotti, A., & Flinn, J. M. (2019, in preparation). Localization of free and bound metal species through X-ray synchrotron fluorescence microscopy in the rodent brain and its relation to behavior. Brain Sci., 9(4), 74. doi: 10.3390/brainsci9040074
  • Lippi, SLP, Craven, KM., Hernandez, CM., Grant, GM., & Flinn, JM. (2019). Perfusion alters free zinc levels in the rodent brain. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, https://doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2018.12.018
  • Lippi, SLP, Smith, ML, & Flinn, JM (2018). A novel hAPP/htau mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease: Inclusion of APP with tau exacerbates behavioral deficits and zinc administration heightens tangle pathology. Front. Aging Neurosci., doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2018.00382
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