Gary P. Dohanich, Tulane University

Gary P. Dohanich

Professor of Science & Engineering
3047 Percival Stern Hall


Dr. Dohanich and his students have studied the influences of ovarian and adrenal steroids and biological sex on behavior. Employing a rodent model, early work focused on the interaction of estrogen and acetylcholine in mediating reproductive behaviors.  Subsequent projects investigated the interaction of estrogen and acetylcholine in modulating learning and memory.  More recent studies explored the expression and development of sex differences in learning and behavior, and their relationship to anxiety.

Dr. Dohanich no longer mentors graduate or undergraduate students in his laboratory, and now concentrates his efforts on educational activities that include offering new graduate and undergraduate courses and expanding his teaching methodologies.

Selected Publications

Grissom, E.M., W.R. Hawley, and G.P Dohanich. Organizational effects of testosterone on learning strategy preference and muscarinic receptor binding in prepubertal rats. Hormones and Behavior 110:1-9, 2019. 

Nahar, J., J. R. Rainville, G. P. Dohanich, and J. G. Tasker. Further evidence for a membrane receptor that binds glucocorticoids in the rodent hypothalamus. Steroids, 2016.

Mueller, S. C., E. M. Grissom, and G. P. Dohanich. Assessing gonadal hormone contributions to affective psychopathologies across humans and animal models.  Psychoneuroendocrinology 46:114-128, 2014.

Serefoglu, E. C., W. R. Hawley, G. F. Lasker, E. M. Grissom, S. H. Mandava, S. C. Sikka, G. P. Dohanich, and W. J. Hellstrom.  Effect of botulinum-A toxin injection into bulbospongiosus muscle on ejaculation latency in male rats. Journal of Sexual Medicine 11:1657-1663, 2014.

Cost, K. T., T. D. Lobell, Z. N. Williams-Yee, S. Henderson, and G. Dohanich.  The effects of pregnancy, lactation, and primiparity on object-in-place memory of female rats. Hormones and Behavior 65:32-39, 2014.

Ferland, C. L., W. R. Hawley, R. E. Puckett, K. Wineberg, F. D. Lubin, G. P. Dohanich, and  L. A. Schrader.  Sirtuin activity in dentate gyrus contributes to chronic stress-induced behavior and extracellular signal-regulated protein kinases 1 and 2 cascade changes in the hippocampus.  Biological Psychiatry 74:927-935, 2013.

Hawley, W. R., E. M. Grissom, J. M. Patel, K. S. Hodges, and G. P. Dohanich.  Reactivation of an aversive memory modulates learning strategy preference in male rats.  Stress, 73-86, 2013.

Hawley, W. R, E. M. Grissom, R. C. Martin, M. B. Halmos, C. L. Bart, and G. P. Dohanich.  Testosterone modulates spatial recognition memory in male rats.  Hormones and Behavior 63:559-565, 2013.

Grissom, E. M., W. R. Hawley, K. S. Hodges, J. M. Fawcett-Patel, and G. P. Dohanich.  Biological sex influences learning strategy preference and muscarinic receptor binding in specific brain regions of prepubertal rats. Hippocampus 23:313-322, 2013.

Grissom, E. M., W. R. Hawley, S. S. Bromley-Dulfano, S. E. Marino, N. G. Stathopoulos, and G. P. Dohanich.  Learning strategy is influenced by trait anxiety and early rearing conditions in prepubertal male, but not prepubertal female rats.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 98:174-181, 2012.

Cost, K. T., Z. N. Williams-Yee, J. N. Fustok, and G. P. Dohanich.    Sex differences in object-in-place memory in adult rats.  Behavioral Neuroscience 126:457-464, 2012.

Hawley, W. R., E. M. Grissom, H. E. Barratt, T. S. Conrad, and G. P. Dohanich. The effects of biological sex and gonadal hormones on learning strategy in adult rats.  Physiology and Behavior 105:1014–1020, 2012.

Hawley, W.R., E.M. Grissom, and G.P. Dohanich. The relationships between trait anxiety, place recognition memory, and learning strategy. Behavioural Brain Research 216:525–530, 2011.

Hawley, W., E. Grissom, L. Keskitalo, T. Hastings, and G. Dohanich. Sexual motivation and anxiety-like behaviors of male rats after exposure to a trauma followed by situational reminders. Physiology and Behavior 102:181–187, 2011.

Frankola, K.A, A.L. Flora, A.K. Torres, E.M. Grissom, S. Overstreet, and G P. Dohanich.  Effects of early rearing conditions on cognitive performance in prepubescent male and female rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 94:91-99, 2010.

Tunur, T., G.P. Dohanich, and L.A.Schrader.  Pre-exposure to context affects learning strategy in mice. Learning and Memory 17:328-331, 2010.

Dohanich, G.P., D.L. Korol, and T. Shors. Steroids, learning and memory.  In Hormones, Brain and Behavior, (Second Edition, Vol. 1), edited by D. W. Pfaff, A. P. Arnold, A, M. Etgen, S. E. Fahrbach, and R. T. Rubin. San Diego: Academic Press, pp. 539-576, 2009.

Luine, V.N. and G.P. Dohanich. Sex differences in cognitive function in rodents.  In Sex Difference in the Brain: From Genes to Behavior, edited by J. Becker et al., Oxford University Press, pp. 227-251, 2008.


  • Behavioral Endocrinology: NSCI 4060/6060, PSYC 4060/6060
  • Psychopharmacology: NSCI 4530/6530, PSYC 4530/6530
  • Professional Issues in Psychology: PSYC 7230
  • College Teaching Pedagogy: PSYC/NSCI 7240
  • College Teaching Practicum: PSYC 7241
  • Stress and Trauma: PSYC/NSCI 6590