Dr. Rosemary Strasser
- Psychology, Associate Professor
University of Nebraska Omaha, Associate professor of Psychology with an emphasis on Neuroscience and Behavior (since 2002). Courtesy appointment in Biology and Women and Gender Studies faculty. Outstanding Faculty Service Learning Award (2014) and Service Learning Faculty Fellow (2018). Postdoctoral research scientist, instructor, and National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Postdoctoral Fellow in the Zoology Department at Washington State University (1998-2002). Earned a Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University, J. P. Scott Center for Neuroscience, Mind, and Behavior, Psychology Department with an emphasis in Behavioral Neuroscience (1998).
Courses taught: Animal Behavior; Animal Behavior Laboratory; Behavioral Neuroscience; Comparative & Evolutionary Psychology; Hormones & Behavior; Inquiry into Psychological Methods; Introduction to Psychology; Introduction to Neuroscience; Learning; Learning Laboratory; Human-Animal Interaction; Advanced Neuroscience laboratory Curriculum Development: I have taught 11 new course preparations while at the UNO while maintaining high standards and favorable student evaluations. I was involved in the development of the Neuroscience major. I have introduced a Service-learning component to two of my laboratory courses working with the Henry Doorly Zoo and the Nebraska Humane Society.
I am interested in how changes in the environment, including early hormonal environment, influences brain organization and behavior. The presence of steroid hormones during development have long-lasting effects of offspring behavioral phenotype. I am active in the area of Anthrozoology or Human-Animal Interactions. Specifically, I am interested in how the human-animal bond is formed and how attachment might influence the physiology and behavior of people and their pets or service animals. I also am interested in applied animal behavior research involving companion animal in a shelter or zoo environment. This interests me both as a behavioral scientist seeking interesting comparative questions; and also as an instructor who see the opportunity of having students work on animal-related issues as beneficial to their research training and mutually beneficial to the animals and staff at the shelter.
I am area director of the graduate program in Neuroscience & Behavior. I serve on the Psychology department Graduate Program committee.
Awards and Honors
Outstanding Service Learning Faculty Award, Teaching - 2014
Recipient of the Nebraska Campus Compact Excellence in Community-Based Teaching and Scholarship Award, Service, Community - 2013
Graduate Faculty Fellow at the University of Nebraska, Scholarship/Research - 2003
UNO Service Learning Fellow, Service, Community - 2018
Ph D, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH, Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, 1998
Buttner, Alicia, Thompson, Breanna, Strasser, Rosemary, Santo, Jonathan. 2015. Evidence for a synchronization of hormonal states between humans and dogs during competition, PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, 147, 54-62.
Buttner, Alicia, Strasser, Rosemary. 2014. Contagious yawning, social cognition, and arousal: an investigation of the processes underlying shelter dogs' responses to human yawns, ANIMAL COGNITION, 17, 1, 95-104.
Bissell, Samantha, Strasser, Rosemary. Litter Composition And Maternal Effects In Two Breeds Of Domestic Dogs., Theriogenology.
Department, College, and University
Graduate Program Committee, Committee Member, 08/01/2012 - 08/31/2012
Anthrozoös, Editorial Review Board Member, Editorial Advisory Board of Anthrozoös. Review papers submitted to the journal and actively promote the journal. Send in news items for the 'News and Analysis' section. Review abstracts for conference submissions. , 01/01/2012 - 01/31/2012
Nebraska Humane Society Board Retreat , Guest Speaker - present
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo- IACUC, 01/01/2010 - 12/31/2010
Internet Publication, Discovery News, Blog about our research on hormonal synchronization (Buttner et al., 2015) http://news.discovery.com/animals/pets/dog-hormones-adjust-to-match-those-of-owners-150507.htm, 05/07/2015
Newspaper, Wall Street Journal, Blog about our research on hormonal synchronization (Buttner et al., 2015) http://www.wsj.com/articles/humans-and-dogs-are-in-sync-when-it-comes-to-stress-1433812244, 06/08/2015
For Profit Organization, Fremont NE, 07/01/2011 - 11/01/2012
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), Omaha, 01/01/2007 - 01/01/2018