Janice M. Juraska

Section 1

Division: Behavioral Neuroscience

Professor of Psychology

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    735 Psychology Bldg.
    603 E. Daniel Street
    M/C 716
    Champaign, IL 61820
  • Telephone: (217)333-8546


  • neuroanatomical plasticity, hormones, development, cognition

Research Description

My students and I examine hormonal influences on neuronal structure across the lifespan.  The emphasis is on cognitive parts of the rat brain, such as the cerebral cortex, corpus callosum and hippocampus, and on cognitive behavior.  Our current projects include the neural and behavioral changes during adolescence and puberty; the effects of endocrine disruptors (eg, BPA) during early development and duringadolescence; and the effects of hormones and nutrients on the aging brain andbehavior. 


  • Ph.D. from the University of Colorado
  • M.A. University of Illinois
  • B.A. Lawrence University


  • Brain and Mind: Psych 210
  • History and systems of the biology of behavior: Psych 593

Recent Publications

Chisholm, N.C., T. Kim, J. M. Juraska Males, but not females, lose tyrosine hydroxylase fibers in the medial prefrontal cortex and are impaired on a delayed alternation task during aging. Behavioural Brain Research. 243: 239-246, 2013.

Juraska, J.M., C.L. Sisk, L.L. Doncarlos Sexual differentiation of the adolescent rodent brain: Hormonal influences and developmental mechanisms. Horm Behav. 64:203-10, 2013.

Chisholm N.C. and Juraska J.M. Long-term replacement of estrogen in combination with medroxyprogesterone acetate improves acquisition of an alternation task in middle-aged female rats. Behavioral Neuroscience. 126: 128-136, 2012.

Koss, W.A., Sadowski, R.N., Sherrill, L.K., Gulley, J.M. and Juraska, J.M. Effects of ethanol during adolescence on the number of neurons and glia in the medial prefrontal cortex and basolateral amygdala of adult male and female rats. Brain Res.1466: 24-32, 2012.

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Facilities Information

Psychology Bldg Roof Project: Re-roofing

The storm at the beginning of June caused a large amount of water to get beneath the new roof membrane. Unfortunately this means that the new roof has to be removed an replaced. The re-roofing has begun. The north and west sides are done, and the roofing crew is working on the south and east sides. When the re-roofing is complete, then some flashing and waterproofing work are needed to complete the project. We hope the entire roof project will be done by October 1.