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Rosemary Strasser, Ph.D.

University of Nebraska Omaha

Department of Psychology

419b Allwine Hall

Omaha, Nebraska 68182-0274

PHN (402) 554-2705

FAX (402) 554-3121

rstrasser@unomaha.edu

 

 

Education

  • 1992-1998 M.A., Ph.D., Psychology, Bowling Green State University, J. P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind, and Behavior.
  • 1988-1992 B.A., Hiram College, OH. Psychobiology and Psychology; minor in Environmental Studies.

Professional Positions

  • 2002-Present Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Nebraska Omaha. Courtesy Appointment in Biology, Environmental Studies, & Women and Gender studies
  • 1998-2002 NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Washington State University, Zoology Department.

Courses Taught

  • PSYC/BIOL 4270 Animal Behavior
  • PSYC/BIOL 4280/8286 Animal Behavior Laboratory
  • PSYC 4230 Behavioral Neuroscience
  • PSYC 9240 Comparative &Evolutionary Psychology
  • PSYC/BIOL 4320.8326Hormones and Behavior
  • NEUR 1500 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • PSYC 1010 Introduction to Psychology
  • PSYC 3140 Inquiry into Psychological Methods
  • PSYC 4020 Learning
  • PSYC 4024 Learning Laboratory
  • NEUR 4200 Neuroscience Laboratory

Teaching Related Grants, Presentations & Awards

  • Strasser, R . (Co-PI). REESE NSF 12-552 “CS-Flip: Investigating a Flipped Classroom Approach to Introductory Programming” (Submitted; $ 1,499,063).
  • Strasser, R . (Co-PI). Kelly Fund Award“Understanding Attrition in Introductory STEM Courses in the UN System” (2012; $15,000).
  • Strasser, R . & French, J. UNO Student Technology Project ProposalsNeuroscience EEG and fNIR laboratory (2012; $48,275)
  • Dierberger, J., Sather, P., & Strasser, R. (2012). P-16 Service-Learning Initiative: Training and Collaboration with In-Service teachers. 3 rd International Conference on Service Learning and teacher Education, Duke University, North Carolina.
  • University of Nebraska-Omaha Service-Learning Award nomination (2007, 2008).
  • Strasser, R . & Brown, J. (2008). Teaching Evolution in the Psychology Classroom. Great Plains Psychology Conference, Vermillion, SD.
  • Strasser, R., (September, 2007). Going to the Dogs: Service Learning at an Animal Shelter. Midwest Consortium for Service Learning in Higher Education Conference. University of Nebraska-Kearney.
  • Strasser, R., (April, 2007). Psychology Goes to the Dogs: Service Learning at an Animal Shelter. Great Plains Psychology Conference, Vermillion, SD.
  • Strasser, R., (November, 2006) The Shaping Game: Applying Principles of Operant Conditioning in the Classroom and Community. Iowa Teaching of Psychology Conference, Central College.
  • Graduate Faculty Fellow at the University of Nebraska- Omaha (2003).
  • Freeburne Award for Graduate Teaching (1996). Given by the Psychology Department at Bowling Green State University for teaching excellence.
  • The Graduate College Teaching Assistant Award (1995). Given by the Graduate College at Bowling Green State University for teaching excellence.

Research Interest

  • I am interested in how changes in the environment, including early hormonal environment, influences brain organization and behavior. I am interested in comparing differences both within and between species to further understand the role hormones play in a variety of social behaviors, as well as learning and cognition
  • I am interested in applied animal behavior research involving companion animal in a shelter environment or animals housed in a zoological park. This interests me both as a behavioral scientist seeking interesting comparative questions and also as an instructor who wishes to include community engagement in my teaching practices.

Research Grants

  • UCRCA grant from the University of Nebraska-Omaha (2011) entitled “Animal-assisted reading programs with grade-school children”
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development R03 (2005-2008; $141,000) entitled “ Long-term maternal effects on developing offspring” (1R03 HD045320-01)
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Fellowship (2000-2002; $117,696) entitled “Maternal hormone exposure in the developing avian brain” (1 F32 HD 08542-01).

Publications

  • Buttner, A. P, Strasser, R., (submitted). Physiological Arousal Mediates Contagious Yawning in Dogs.
  • Schwabl, H. , Holmes D., Strasser, R., & Scheuerlein A. (2012) Embryonic exposure to maternal testosterone influences mortality patterns in a captive passerine bird. AGE, 34 (1), 87-94.
  • Dybdall, K., Strasser, R., & Katz, T. (2007). Behavioral differences between owner surrender and stray domestic cats after entering an animal shelter. Applied Animal Behavior Science, 104,85-94.
  • Strasser, R ., & Schwabl, H. (2004). Yolk testosterone organizes behavior and male plumage coloration in the house sparrow (Passer domesticus). Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology, 56, 491-497.
  • Strasser, R ., Ehrlinger, J., & Bingman, V. P. (2004). Transitive behavior in hippocampal lesioned homing pigeons. Brain, Behavior and Evolution, 63, 169- 180.
  • White, A. R., Strasser, R., & Bingman, V. P. (2002). Hippocampus lesions impair landmark array spatial learning in homing pigeons: A laboratory study. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 78, 65-78.
  • Strasser, R . & Bingman, V. P. (1999). The effects of hippocampal lesions in homing pigeons on a one-trial food association task. Journal of Comparative Physiology A, 185 (6), 583-590.
  • Strasser, R. , Ioale, P., Casini, G., Bagnoli, P., & Bingman, V. P. (1998). The homing pigeon hippocampus and the development of landmark navigation. Developmental Psychobiology, 33 (4), 305- 315.
  • Bingman, V. P., Strasser, R., Baker, C., & Riters, L. V. (1998). Nonspatial, paired-associate learning is unaffected by hippocampal lesions in homing pigeons. Behavioral Neuroscience, 112, 533- 540.
  • Budzynski, C.A., Strasser, R., & Bingman, V. P. (1998). The effects of zinc sulfate anosmia on homing pigeons, Columba livia, in a homing and non-homing experiment. Ethology, 104, 111- 118.
  • Strasser, R . & Bingman, V. P. (1997). Goal recognition and the homing pigeon, Columba livia, hippocampal formation. Behavioral Neuroscience, 111 (6), 1245-1256.
  • Strasser, R . & Bingman, V. P. (1996). The relative importance of location and feature cues for homing pigeon, Columba livia, goal recognition. Journal of Comparative Psychology, v110 (1), 77-87.

Recent Research Conference Presentations

(* indicates presentations with students)

  • Buttner, A. P.*, & Strasser, R. (2012). Social facilitation and learning in zebra finch, Taeniopygia guttata [Poster & abstract] Animal Behavior Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Plachter, E.*, & Strasser, R. (2012). Contagious Yawning in Dogs: Social Cognition or Stress? [Poster & abstract] Animal Behavior Society, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Hogan, K.*, Dredge, S.*, Kelly-Vance, L. & Strasser, R. (2012). Improving Youth’s Emotional Well-being through Animal Assisted Intervention. [Poster] National Association of School Psychologists, Philidelphia, PA.
  • Buttner, A. P.*, Strasser, R. & Biodrowski, K. (2011). Are owners less attached to biting dogs they consider a burden? [Poster & abstract] International Society of Anthrozoology, Indianapolis IN.
  • Dybdall, K.*, & Strasser, R. (2011). Measuring Attachment Behavior and Adoption Time in Shelter Cats. [Poster & abstract] International Society of Anthrozoology, Indianapolis IN.
  • Strasser, R., Frank, W.*, & Harris, N. (2011). Meet your Match: An Investigation of an Adoption Program Based on Animal Personality. [Poster & abstract] International Society of Anthrozoology, Indianapolis IN.
  • Koutakis, P., Mukherjee, M. , Strasser, R., & Stergiou, N. (2010). Path integration of human walking on a circular path: The effect of the vestibular system. [Poster and abstract] Society for Neuroscience meeting.
  • Dybdall, K.*, & Strasser, R. (2009). Measuring stress and attachment behaviors of shelter cats. [Poster & abstract] International Society of Anthrozoology, Kansas City MO.
  • Snyder, J. L.* , Jacobs, J. *, & Strasser, R. (2007). Does in ovo testosterone treatment influence reaction to novel stimuli in zebra finches? [Poster and abstract] Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, 11 th annual Meeting, Alisomar, CA.
  • Maitland, R.*, Osborn, K. *, & Strasser, R. (2007). Effects of pre-hatching testosterone treatment on the survival and early development of zebra finches. [Poster and abstract] Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, 11 th annual Meeting, Alisomar, CA.
  • Snyder, J. L. *, & Strasser, R. (2006). Testosterone levels and physical attributes: Do Gouldian finches measure up? [Poster and abstract] Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird UT.
  • Dybdall, K. *, & Strasser, R. (2006). Stress, contact seeking, and avoidance behaviors in shelter cats. [Presentation] Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird UT.
  • Pumphrey, D. *, Dybdall, K. *, Larson, S. *, Maitland, R. *, & Strasser, R. (2005). Mate attraction and the physiological effects on Zebra Finch. [Poster and abstract] Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird UT.
  • Larson, S. *, Hahn, R. *, & Strasser, R. (2005). Early and long-term effects of rearing condition on offspring development in zebra finch. [Poster and abstract] Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird UT.
  • Dybdall, K. *, & Strasser, R. (2005). Behavioral stress response in domestic cats entering an animal shelter. [Poster and abstract] Animal Behavior Society, Snowbird UT.
  • Strasser, R ., Schwabl, H., Scheuerlein, A., & French, J. (2003). Benefits and costs associated with early testosterone exposure in house sparrow offspring. [Poster and abstract] Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, 7 th annual Meeting, University of Cincinnati.
  • Schwabl, H., Strasser, R., & Poopatanapong, A. * (2003). Yolk steroids, behavior, and fitness in birds. [Symposium] Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, 7 th annual Meeting, University of Cincinnati.
  • Strasser, R ., Schwabl, H., & Clark, C. * (2001). Maternal hormones influence the physiology, morphology and behavior of house sparrows. [Poster and abstract] Animal Behavior Society, Oregon State University.
  • Clark, C. *, Strasser, R., Poopatanapong, A., & Schwabl, H. (2001). Effects of parental investment on offspring development and survival in the house sparrow. [Poster and abstract] Animal Behavior Society, Oregon State University.
  • Strasser, R . & Schwabl, H. (2000). Organizational effects of yolk testosterone in house sparrows. [Presentation and Abstract] Society for Neuroscience Abstract, 30th annual meeting.
  • Strasser, R . & Schwabl, H. (2000.) Yolk testosterone affects the phenotype of male and female house sparrows. [Presentation and Abstract] Western Regional Comparative Endocrinology Conference, Corvallis OR.

Recent Professional Affiliations

  • Animal Behavior Society member (1993- present)
  • Society for Neuroscience member (1994- 2008)
  • Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology member (2001- present)
  • International Society for Anthrozoology (2009- present)
  • Midlands Chapter for Neuroscience (2004- present)
  • American Psychological Association (2011- present) 

Recent Service

  • Ad-hoc reviewer of the Journal of Anthrozoology (2010- present)
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for Brain, Behavior and Evolution (2004- present)
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for Behavioral Ecology and Sociobiology (2001-present)
  • Educational Policy Committee, UNO (2012-present)
  • OASA Priorities Committees: STEM at UNO (2012)
  • Undergraduate Program Committee, Psychology, UNO (member 2004- 2012; Chair 2010-2012)
  • Graduate Program Committee, Psychology, UNO (2012-present)
  • Excellence in Teaching Committee, UNO (2007; 2010-12)
  • Community engagement and service learning projects with the Nebraska Humane Society, Henry Doorly Zoo, and Nebraska Youth Correctional Facility.