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Marsha Dopheide

Academic Biography:
I've always found human behavior interesting and have always sought to understand why people act as they do. As an undergraduate, I wasn't confident about what I wanted to pursue as a career, but I found my job working in a nursing home fascinating. I wondered what the Parkison's patient was thinking and feeling as he sat there unable to move. I wondered why the Alzheimer's patient couldn't remember her spouse of 50 years, but could play that Beethoven piece flawlessly from memory. I wondered how some medications could cause memory impairment, yet other medications seemed to slow the progression of cognitive decline. I found that I could make a career out of asking such questions by majoring in psychology. After graduate school, I immediately started teaching at Monmouth College. I loved the familial atmosphere on the campus when I first visited; it is this familial atmosphere that allows me to interact with and learn from other colleagues, staff, and students every day.

Research Interests:
Most of my research interests come from interesting correlations discussed in the news media. Using a rat model, some of my recent research has focused on investigating the potential effects of acute or chronic exposure to low doses of herbicides/pesticides on cognition and behavior. Currently, I am also investigating the possible developmental cognitive and behavioral effects of exposure to medications during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, or during delivery.

Selected Research and/or Creative Work:
Aside from my teaching and research, I am also the advisor for students interested in pursuing Occupational Therapy and other health careers through the Psychology or Biopsychology major. Furthermore, I am the current coordinator of the Monmouth College Honors Program.

Courses Taught:
PSYC-243 Mind, Brain, and Behavior
PSYC-303 Drugs and Behavior
PSYC-304 Cognitive Neuroscience
PSYC-215 Learning and Motivation
HONR-110 Honors I
HONR-310 Scholarship, Service and Leadership
HONR-410 Honors II: Capstone

B.S. Western Illinois University 2000
M.S. Western Illinois University 2003
Ph.D. University of Missouri-Columbia 2007

Contact Info:
Office: Rm 133 Ctr for Sci & Busi