I am broadly interested in understanding the neural circuitry underlying adaptive behaviors as well as how this circuitry is altered to produce maladaptive consequences. I am currently investigating sex differences in how oxytocin regulates social behaviors in juveniles.
Katie is supported by NSF IOS1735934 (2018-2019) and the Ford Foundation postdoctoral fellowship (2019-2010).
Positions and Education
Postdoctoral Researcher in the Neurobiology of Social Behavior Lab, directed by Dr. Alexa Veenema, Michigan State University
Ph.D. in Psychology (Behavioral Neuroscience), University of Michigan. Advisor: Dr. Jill B. Becker
B.S. in Biopsychology, magna cum laude, Minor in Chemistry, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
Yoest KE, Quigley JA, Becker JB. Rapid effects of ovarian hormones in dorsal striatum and nucleus accumbens. Horm Behav 2018, Apr 20. [Epub ahead of print]
Yoest KE, Cummings JA, Becker JB. Estradiol, dopamine and motivation.
Cent Nerv Syst Agents Med Chem 2014, 14:83-9