Meg Kirkpatrick

Associate Professor of Psychology, Associate Provost




Neuroscience, Psychology


Park Hall 108

(508) 286-3642

(508) 286-8278


I am interested in the relationship between the brain and behavior and the influence of a dynamic environment on neural functioning.


Ph.D., Dartmouth College
A.B., Smith College

Research Interests

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Behavioral Neuroendocrinology

Teaching Interests

  • Brain, Mind and Behavior
  • Drugs and Behavior
  • Psychobiology of Sex and Gender
  • Laboratory in Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Quantitative Research Methods


Kirkpatrick, M., Benoit, J., Everett, W., Gibson, J., Rist & Fredette, N. (2015). The Effects of methylmercury exposure on behavior and biomarkers of oxidative stress in adult mice. NeuroToxicology, in press.Kirkpatrick, M. E. & Clark, A. S. (2011). Androgen inhibition of sexual receptivity is modulated by estrogen. Physiology and Behavior,102, 361-366.

Kirkpatrick, M. E. & Merrill, L. (2011). Effect of systemic blockade of α1-noradrenergic receptors on sex behavior and vaginal-cervical stimulation-induced fos in female rats. Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior, 97(3), 486-493.

Kirkpatrick, M.E. (2009). The Student surgeon: A behavioral neuroendocrinology laboratory exercise in rats. The Journal of Undergraduate Neuroscience Education, 7(2), A80-A84.

Kirkpatrick, M. E. (2008). Trying to understand the ever-changing relationship between estrogen and the brain. [Review of the book The Effects of Estrogen on Brain Function]. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32(2), 222.

Edinger, K. L., Morgan, K. Kirkpatrick, M. & Frye, C. A. (2004). Northeast Under/graduate Research Organization for Neuroscience (NEURON): An update on our eighth annual conference for neuroscience trainees and educators. Journal of Behavioral and Neuroscience Research, 2, 1-8.

(name changed from Blasberg in 2003)

Greco, B., Blasberg, M. E., Kosinski, E. C., & Blaustein, J. D. (2003). Response of ERα-IR and ERB-IR cells in the forebrain of female rats to mating stimuli. Hormones & Behavior, 43(4), 444-453.

Bennett, A. L., Blasberg, M. E., & Blaustein, J. D. (2002). Mating stimulation is required for mating-induced estrous abbreviation in female rats: Effects of repeated testing. Hormones & Behavior, 42(2), 206-211.

Bennett A. L., Greco B., Blasberg, M. E., & Blaustein J. D. (2002). Response to male odors in estrogen receptor and progestin receptor-containing cells in the female rat brain. Journal of Neuroendocrinology, 14(6), 442-449.

Bennett, A. L., Blasberg, M. E., & Blaustein, J. D. (2001). Sensory cues mediating mating-induced potentiation of sexual receptivity in female rats. Hormones & Behavior, 40(1), 77-83.

Brandling-Bennett, E. M., Blasberg, M. E., & Clark, A. S. (1999). Hormonal control of paced mating in the female rat. Hormones & Behavior, 35(2), 144-154.

Blasberg, M. E., Robinson, S., Henderson, L. P., & Clark, A. S. (1998). Inhibition of estrogen-induced sexual receptivity by androgens: Role of the androgen receptor. Hormones & Behavior, 34, 283-293.

Blasberg, M. E., & Clark, A. S. (1998). Anabolic-androgenic steroid effects on sexual receptivity in ovariectomized female rats. Hormones & Behavior, 32, 201-208.

Clark, A. S., Blasberg, M.E., & Brandling-Bennett, E. M. (1998). Stanozolol, oxymetholone, and testosterone cypionate effects on the rat estrous cycle. Physiology & Behavior, 63(2), 265-272.

Blasberg, M. E., Langan, C. J., & Clark, A. S. (1997). The effects of 17α-methyltestosterone, methandrostenolone, and nandrolone decanoate on the rat estrous cycle. Physiology & Behavior, 61(2), 265-272.

Stackman, R. W., Blasberg, M. E., Langan, C. J., & Clark, A. S. (1997). Stability of spatial working memory across the estrous cycle of Long-Evans rats. Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, 67, 167-171.