Allison Bechard has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2018.
M 9:30-11:15 am, F 1:30-2:15 pm, or by appointment.
I am interested in the effects of early environment on mechanisms mediating maladaptive behaviors, such as repetitive motor behaviors and drug seeking. Using an animal model, I employ a neuroethological approach to investigate how the environment can modify neural circuitry underlying the development of these problem behaviors and how benefits accrued from the environment can be passed on to offspring.
Ph.D., Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Florida, 2016
M.Sc., Animal Behavior & Animal Welfare, University of Guelph, Canada, 2009
B.Sc., Zoology, University of Toronto, Canada, 2002
Recent Courses Taught
Introduction to Behavioral Research Methods
Introduction to Biopsychology
Drugs and Society
Shallcross J, Hamor PU, Bechard AR, Romano M, Knackstedt LA, Schwendt M. 2019. The divergent effects of CDPPB and cannabidiol on fear extinction and anxiety in a predator scent stress model of PTSD in rats. Frontiers in Behav. Neurosci. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1101/542118.
Bechard AR, Knackstedt LA. 2019. The effects of Pavlovian cue extinction and ceftriaxone on cocaine relapse after abstinence. Drug Alcohol Depend. 197:83-86. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.01.005
Bechard AR, Hamor PU, Wu L., Schwendt M, Knackstedt LA. 2019. The effects of clavulanic acid and amoxicillin on cue-primed reinstatement of cocaine seeking. Behav Neurosci. 133:247-254. doi: 10.1037/bne0000297
Bechard AR, LaCrosse A, Namba MD, Jackson B, Knackstedt LA. 2018. Impairments in reversal learning following short access to cocaine self-administration. Drug Alcohol Depend. 192:239-44. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2018.08.00
Bechard AR, Hamor PU, Schwendt M, Knackstedt LA. 2018. The estrous cycle influences surface GluA1 expression in the nucleus accumbens and the ability of ceftriaxone to attenuate cue-primed reinstatement of cocaine-seeking. Psychopharmacology (Berl.) 235:837-48.
Bechard A, Bliznyuk N. Lewis MH. 2017. Effects of an enriched environment on the development of repetitive motor behaviors and activation of the indirect basal ganglia pathway. Develop Psychobiol. 59:390-99.
Bechard A, Lewis MH. 2016. Transgenerational effects of environmental enrichment on repetitive motor behavior development. Behav Brain Res. 307:145-9. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2016.04.005.
Bechard A, Cacodcar N, King MA, Lewis MH. 2016. How does environmental enrichment reduce repetitive motor behaviors? A study of neuronal activation and dendritic morphology in the indirect basal ganglia pathway of a mouse mode. Behav Brain Res. 299:122-31. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2015.11.029.
Bechard A, Lewis MH. 2012. Modeling restricted repetitive behavior in animals. Autism Open Access. S1:006.
NEUR 205: Neuroscience Technology Lab
Students will review and respond to selected readings, videos, animations, and virtual experiments designed to demonstrate the application of theory and techniques used in Neuroscience.
NEUR 206: Neuroscience Practical Lab
Students will participate in weekly laboratory exercises designed to demonstrate the application of theory and techniques used in Neuroscience.
NEUR 215: Applications in Neuroscience
This course requires participating in community service work focused on care and treatment of individuals with neurological disease/dysfunction. Students will also compose a written report and poster-style presentation integrating experiences of their field work with relevant findings from current scientific literature.
NEUR 310: Neuroscience Seminar
A discussion course dealing with a selected area of Neuroscience research and based on current literature.
PSYC 233: Intro to Biological Psychology
A study of the physiological basis of human and animal behavior, emphasizing particularly the dependence of processes such as perception, motivation, learning, and problem-solving upon the character and integrity of the nervous system.