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Hadley C. Bergstrom Assistant Professor of Psychological Science

Hadley Bergstrom teaches courses in Psychological Science and Neuroscience. His research focuses on how changes in brain structure and function relate to the organization and expression of memory. 

  • BS, University of Oregon; MA, PhD, George Mason University
  • At Vassar since 2015


Research and Academic Interests

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Learning and Memory
  • Corticolimbic Circuitry
  • Neuronal Structure

Selected Publications

  1. Jury, N, Pollack G, Ward M, Bezek J, Ng A, Pinard C, Bergstrom H, Holmes A (2017). Chronic ethanol during adolescence impacts corticolimbic dendritic spines and behavior. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Therapeutics. 41(7):1298-1308 PMID: 28614590
  2. Ehlinger DG, Burke JC, McDonald CG, Smith RF, Bergstrom HC (2017). Nicotine selectively remodels dendrites in the dorsolateral striatum. Nicotine-induced and D1-receptor dependent dendritic remodeling in a subset of dorsolateral striatum medium spiny neurons. Neuroscience. 356: 242-254 PMID: 28576726
  3. Bergstrom HC and Pinard CR (2017). Corticolimbic Circuits in Learning, Memory, and Disease. The Journal of Neuroscience Research. 95(3): 795-796 PMID: 28094866. Cover Illustration
  4. Bergstrom HC (2016). The Neurocircuitry of Remote Cued Fear Memory. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews. 71: 409-417 PMID: 27693699
  5. Bergstrom HC, Darvesh AS, Berger SP (2015). Inducible nitric oxide inhibitors block NMDA antagonist-stimulated motoric behaviors and cortical glutamate efflux. Frontiers in Pharmacology. 6; 292. PMID: 266968
  6. Fitzgerald PJ, Pinard C, Camp MC, Feyder M, Sah A, Bergstrom HC, Graybeal C, Liu Y, Grant S, Singewald N, Xu W, Holmes A (2015). Durable fear memories require PSD-95. Molecular Psychiatry. 20(7): 901-912. PMID: 25510511. Cover Illustration and featured article


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Hadley Bergstrom earned his BS in Psychology from the University of Oregon and MA and PhD in Psychology from George Mason University. He went on to train as a postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress at the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine. He then held a postdoctoral Intramural Research Training Award in the Laboratory of Behavioral and Genomic Neuroscience at the National Institutes of Health. He currently directs the Memory Neuroscience Lab at Vassar College.

The Bergstrom lab studies how memory is stored and retrieved in the brain. The lab is particularly interested in how memory associated with fear and reward are represented in neural circuits. His research program incorporates techniques for visualizing and manipulating memory storage and plasticity in the brain. Knowledge about how the brain stores memory is vital to understanding disorders of learning and memory, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction.