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Tara Perrot

Professor and Chair

Department of Psychology and Neuroscience

Email: Tara.Perrot@dal.ca
Phone: (902) 494-2269
Fax: (902) 494-6585
Mailing Address: 
Dalhousie University Life Sciences Centre 1355 Oxford Street P.O. Box 15000 Halifax, NS B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Neuroscience
  • Development
  • Epigenetics
  • Behavioural endocrinology
  • Adolescence
  • Stress
  • Prenatal stress
  • Sex differences


BSc (Western University)
PhD (Western University)
PDF (University of Maryland School of Medicine)

Research Interests

Our research focuses on factors that influence development and maintenance of adaptive resilient responses to stressors. We have studied stress responding for many years from a variety of perspectives, including behavioural, hormonal and neural in both non-human animal models and humans. The factors we are most interested in that influence development of adult stress responding are those that occur during early life, such as prenatal stress and enriched postnatal environments. We are also interested in maintenance of a healthy stress response, which is influenced by factors such as age and sex. Future plans include examining the influence of factors such as exercise and diet and how they interact with early life factors to shape adaptive stress responding.

Selected Publications

  • Korgan, A, Vonkeman, J, Esser, MJ, Perrot, TS (2015) An enhanced home cage modulates hypothalamic CRH-ir labeling in juvenile rats, with and without sub-threshold febrile convulsions. Developmental Psychobiology, 57(3), 374-81.
  • LeRoux, A, Wright, LD, Perrot, TS, Rusak, B (2014) Impact of menstrual cycle phase on endocrine effects of partial sleep restriction in healthy women. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 49C, 34-46.
  • Korgan, A, Green, AD, Perrot, TS, Esser, MJ (2013) Limbic system activation is affected by prenatal predator exposure and postnatal environmental enrichment and further moderated by dam and sex. Behavioural Brain Research, 259C, 106-118.
  • Kenny, S, Wright, LD, Green, AD, Mashoodh, R, Perrot TS (2013) Expression of maternal behavior and activation of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis during predatory threat exposure: Modulatory effects of transport stress. Physiology & Behavior, 123C, 148-155.
  • Wright, LD, Muir, K, Perrot, TS (2013; Epub 2012 Jul2) Stress responses of adolescent male and female rats exposed repeatedly to cat odour stimuli, and long-term enhancement of adult defensive behaviours. Developmental Psychobiology, 55(5), 551-567.
  • Wright, LD, Muir, K, Perrot, TS (2012; Epub 2011 Jun8) Enhanced stress responses in adolescent versus adult rats exposed to cues of predation threat, and peer interaction as a predictor of adult defensiveness. Developmental Psychobiology, 54(1), 47-69.
  • Mashoodh, R, Sinal, CJ, Perrot-Sinal, TS (2009; Epub 2009 Jan 13) Predation threat exerts specific effects on rat maternal behaviour and anxiety-related behaviour of male and female offspring. Physiology & Behavior, 96, 693-702.