Christina M. Ragan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology


Christina Ragan is an Assistant Professor of Psychology. Her teaching focuses on biology-based Psychology courses and her research is on the neurobiology of stress, anxiety, and maternal behaviors.

Research Overview

Have you ever wondered why some people are more prone to the effects of stress than others? My research expertise focuses on understanding the neurobiology of stress and anxiety in maternal and non-maternal populations.

I enjoy being a professor because the students keep teaching and research interesting. My favorite encounters with students are when they say, "I saw this and it reminded me of your class!" I love being a lifelong learner!


Grieb Z.A. & Ragan C.M. The effects of perinatal SSRI exposure on anxious behavior and neurobiology in rodent and human offspring. European Neuropsychopharmacology. 2019. 29(11):1169-1184.

Jimenez A.G., Winward J.**, Smith D. M.**, Ragan C.M. Effects of short-term clomipramine on anxiety-like behavior, cellular metabolism, and oxidative stress in primary fibroblast cells of male and female rats. Physiological Reports. 2018. 6(9):e13615. IF: 1.333.

Winward J.**, Ragan C.M., Jimenez A.G. Cellular metabolic rates and oxidative stress profiles in primary fibroblast cells isolated from virgin females, reproductively experienced females, and male Sprague-Dawley rats. Physiological Reports. 2018. 6(20):e13909. IF: 1.333. **denotes undergraduate author

Teaching Focus

My teaching areas are focused in Psychology and Neuroscience courses. I enjoy creating assignments that get students to use their imaginations while working collaboratively.

Previous Roles

Clement Stacey Undergraduate Research Conference Committee

Christina Ragan



Office Location:

Westville, LSF 63


  • PhD- Neuroscience, The Pennsylvania State University
  • B.S. Molecular Biology, Biochemistry,
  • Bioinformatics-Towson University

Areas of Expertise

  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Anxiety Postpartum Mood
  • Anxiety Disorders Neurobiology of Stress

Credentials, Accreditations & Awards

  • PNW CHESS Summer Research Grant Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience
  • Equipment Loan Grant Indiana Campus
  • Compact Service Engagement Grant PNW
  • Catalyst Grant PNW
  • Exploratory Grant

Curriculum Vitae