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Dr. Stephanie Carlson, Curriculum VITA

Education

  • B.A. Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, IL, 1992 (Psychology)
  • M.A. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1994 (Department: Psychology; Area: Behavioral Neuroscience) Thesis supervisor, Dr. James F. Willott. Thesis: Mechanisms of age related changes in modification of the acoustic startle response in C57BL/6J mice.
  • Ph.D. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL, 1997 (Department: Psychology; Area: Behavioral Neuroscience) Dissertation supervisor, Dr. James F. Willott. Dissertation: The acoustic startle response, prepulse inhibition, and hearing-loss-induced plasticity: Neurophysiological correlates in the caudal pontine reticular nucleus of C57BL/6J mice.

Professional Data

Positions Held

  • Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Psychology, Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, IL. 60901, August 1990-May 1992. Supervisor: Dr. Raymond E. Bower.
  • Teaching Assistant, Department of Mathematics, Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, IL, 60910, August 1991-December 1991. Supervisor: Dr. John Hathaway
  • Graduate Assistant, Department of Psychology, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois, 60115, August 1992- August 1997. Research Appointment Supervisor: Dr. James F. Willott. Teaching Appointment Supervisors: Dr. Carl Lints, Dr. Gary Coover. Three semesters teaching the Physiological Psychology Laboratory Class.
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana, 46545, August 1997- January 2005.
  • Associate Professor of Psychology, Bethel College, Mishawaka, Indiana 46545, January 2005- present
  • Volunteer Dog Trainer and Training Coordinator, Pet Refuge, Non-Profit Animal Shelter, Mishawaka, Indiana, 46544, September 2003 - present. Supervising Bethel Interns, Bethel Service Learning Students, and other Bethel Students and Alumni (6-10 hours per week).
  • Statistics Tutor: For Bethel Nursing Faculty Member Summer and Fall 2008.
  • Dog Behavior Consultation (Fall 2005-present)

Professional Organizations:

  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Society (until 2006)

Committee Appointments:

  • Administrative Committee
  • Student Development Committee
  • General Studies Committee
  • Tenure and Promotions Committee
  • Academic Structure Committee

Administrative Assignments:

  • School Accreditation by North Central: Collected data for and wrote Criterion 5 (service).

Spiritual Mentoring:

  • individual meetings with 1-3 students each week, every semester from Fall Semester 2007 to present.

Departmental/Divisional Leadership

  • Psychology Department Chairperson January 2007 - present.
  • Divisional Secretary 5.5 years

Awards:

  • Faculty of the Year Award 2003 - 2004 school year

Conferences Attended:

  • (without contributing a poster) National Institute for the Teaching of Psychology (1998), (2007). See “Papers presented” for poster presentations.

Publications

  • Journal Articles
    • Willott, J. F., Carlson, S., & Chen, H. (1994). Prepulse inhibition of the startle response in mice: Relationship to hearing loss and auditory system plasticity. Behavioral Neuroscience, 108 (4), 703-713.
    • Willott, J. F., & Carlson, S. (1995). Modification of the acoustic startle response in hearing impaired C57BL/6J mice: Prepulse augmentation and prolongation of prepulse inhibition. Behavioral Neuroscience, 109 (3), 396-403.
    • Carlson, S., & Willott, J. F. (1996). The behavioral salience of tones as indicated by prepulse inhibition of the startle response: Relationship to hearing loss and central neural plasticity in C57BL/6J mice. Hearing Research, 99, 168-175.
    • Falls, W. A., Carlson, S., Turner, J. G., & Willott, J. F. (1997). Fear potentiated startle in two strains of inbred mice. Behavioral Neuroscience, 111 (4), 855-861.
    • Carlson, S., & Willott, J. F. (1998). Caudal pontine reticular formation of C57BL/6J mice: Responses to startle stimuli, inhibition by tones, and plasticity. Journal of Neurophysiology, 79, 2603-2614
    • Willott, J. F., Turner, J. G., Carlson, S., Ding, D., Bross, L. S., & Falls, W. M. (1998). The BALB/c mouse as an animal model for progressive sensorineural hearing loss. Hearing Research, 115, 162 174.
    • Parham, K., Bonaiuto, G., Carlson, S., Turner, J. G., D'Angelo, W. R., Bross, L. S., Fox, A., Willott, J. F., & Kim, D. O. (2000). The auditory system of Purkinje cell degeneration and control mice: Physiological and behavioral measures. Hearing Research, 148, 137 152.
    • Falls, W. A., Kogan, J. H., Silva, A. J., Willott, J. F., Carlson, S., & Turner, J. G. (2000). CREB-ad mutant mice show deficient fear-potentiated startle but normal prepulse inhibition of startle. Behavioral Neuroscience, 114, 998-1104.
  • Book Chapters
    • Carlson, S. (2001). Auditory Neurons in the Reticular Formation of C57BL/6J Mice. In Mouse Auditory Research Handbook: From Behavior to Molecular Biology, J. F. Willott ed. CRC Press.
    • Carlson, S., & Willott, J. F. (2001). Modulation of the Acoustic Startle Response by Background Sound in C57BL/6J Mice. In Mouse Auditory Research Handbook: From Behavior to Molecular Biology, J. F. Willott ed. CRC Press.
  • Papers Presented
    • Willott, J. F., Carlson, S., Jacobson, J., & Miller, L. L. Behavioral changes parallel physiological plasticity in the central auditory system of C57BL/6J mice with sensorineural hearing loss. Society for Neuroscience, Washington D.C. 1993.
    • Willott, J. F., Carlson, S., Brownfield, C., & Bross, L. S. Effect of hearing loss on short- latency sound-evoked inhibition of startle: Behavioral and immunocytochemical findings. Association for Research in Otolaryngology, St. Petersburg Beach, 1995.
    • Carlson, S., & Willott, J. F. Variables affecting prepulse inhibition of the acoustic startle response in mice with and without high-frequency hearing loss. Association for Research in Otolaryngology, St. Petersburg Beach, 1995.
    • Turner, J. G., Carlson, S., & Willott, J. F. Genetically determined progressive hearing loss in adult BALB/c mice: Behavioral manifestations and ABR thresholds. Association for Research in Otolaryngology, St. Petersburg Beach, 1996.
    • Willott, J. F., Carlson, S., Falls, W. A., Turner, J. G., & Webster, S. E. Behavioral correlates of hearing-loss-induced plasticity in C57BL/6J mice: Increased effectiveness of tones in producing fear-potentiated startle. Society for Neuroscience, Washington D. C., 1996.
    • Carlson, S., Falls, W. A., Turner, J. G., Webster, S. E., & Willott, J. F. Fear potentiated startle in three inbred mouse strains. Society for Neuroscience, Washington D. C., 1996.
    • Carlson, S., Falls, W. A., Kogan, J. H., Hagan, M., Willott, J. F., & Silva, A. J. Fear- potentiated startle and prepulse inhibition in CREB mutant mice. Society for Neuroscience, 1997.
    • Carlson, S., & Willott, J. F. Auditory responses of neurons in the caudal pontine reticular nucleus (PnC) in C57BL/6J mice using the prepulse inhibition paradigm. Association for Research in Otolaryngology, St. Petersburg Beach, 1997.
    • Willott, J. F., Carlson, S., Bross, L. S., & Turner, J. G. Purkinje cell degeneration (pcd) mutant mice: Auditory prepulse inhibition and glycinergic neurons of the deep DCN in the absence of cartwheel cells. Association for Research in Otolaryngology, St. Petersburg Beach, 1997.
    • Carlson, S., & Willott, J. F. Modulation of acoustic startle by background sound in C57BL/6J mice. Society for Neuroscience, Miami Beach Florida, 1999.
    • Pet Refuge Newsletter Articles (distribution approximately 3000 people)
    • Pet Refuge Dog Training Program (2007)
    • Tips on Greeting a Frightened Dog (2008)
    • Digging Doggies (2009)
    • Bethel Magazine Article - Tribute to Dr. Elizabeth Hossler (2008)