Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Frances Champagne


ProfessorPh.D., McGill University

Frances Champagne

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Interests


Gene-environment interplay, developmental trajectories, epigenetic inheritance, social neuroscience

Biography


Dr. Champagne is accepting doctoral students in Fall 2019.

After completing a B.A. in Psychology at Queen’s University (Canada), I delved into the genetic and environmental risk factors in psychopathology at McGill University in the M.Sc. program in Psychiatry.  I then started a Ph.D. in Neuroscience at McGill University examining the role of mother-infant interactions in shaping the brain.  In 2004, I received a fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to conduct postdoctoral research at Cambridge University (UK), examining the role of imprinted genes in development and social behavior.  From 2006-2017, I was a faculty in the Department of Psychology at Columbia University and established a research group examining the epigenetic influence of early life experiences.  My interests focus on the interplay between genes and environment that shape neural and behavioral outcomes and the implications of this dynamic interplay for inheritance of traits. 


I am currently teaching Ethics, Genetics and the Brain.

Courses


PSY 341K • The Developing Brain

42563 • Spring 2019
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM PAR 203

Topics of contemporary interest that may vary from semester to semester. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: For psychology majors, upper-division standing and Psychology 301 and 418 with a grade of at least C in each; for nonmajors, upper-division standing, Psychology 301 with a grade of at least C, and one of the following with a grade of at least C: Biology 318M, Civil Engineering 311S, Economics 329, Educational Psychology 371, Electrical Engineering 351K, Government 350K, Mathematics 316, 362K, Mechanical Engineering 335, Psychology 317, Sociology 317L, Social Work 318, Statistics 309, Statistics and Scientific Computation 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 318.

PSY 341K • Ethics, Genetics/The Brain

42800 • Fall 2018
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM SEA 2.108

A lecture course that explores advances in genetics and neuroscience. These advances have expanded our understanding of the biological basis of behavior and risk of psychiatric disorder but may have implications for decision/policy making, legal issues, and society and raise broad ethical concerns. In this course, we will discuss these implications and issues and consider the future challenges that may arise from the evolving study of the genetic and neurobiological determinants of behavior.

Assignments:
40% of the grade is based on class discussion/participation/oral presentation
20% exam
40% on a 10-15 page essay

PSY 341K • Ethics, Genetics/The Brain

43132 • Fall 2017
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM SEA 2.108

A lecture course that explores advances in genetics and neuroscience.  These advances have expanded our understanding of the biological basis of behavior and risk of psychiatric disorder but may have implications for decision/policy making, legal issues, and society and raise broad ethical concerns. In this course, we will discuss these implications and issues and consider the future challenges that may arise from the evolving study of the genetic and neurobiological determinants of behavior.

Publications


Mashoodh R, Habrylo IB, Gudsnuk KM, Pelle G, Champagne FA (2018) Maternal modulation of paternal effects on offspring development. Proc Biol Sci 285(1874).

Curley JP, Mashoodh, R, Champagne FA (2017) Transgenerational Epigenetics. In Handbook of Epigenetics: The New Molecular and Medical Genetics (2nd Edition). Academic Press.

Nätt D, Barchiesi R, Murad J, Feng J, Nestler EJ, Champagne FA, Thorsell A (2017) Perinatal Malnutrition Leads to Sexually Dimorphic Behavioral Responses with Associated Epigenetic Changes in the Mouse Brain. Sci Rep 7(1):11082.

Champagne FA (2016) Epigenetic legacy of parental experiences: Dynamic and interactive pathways to inheritance. Dev Psychopathol 28(4pt2):1219-1228.

Monk C, Feng T, Lee S, Krupska I, Champagne FA, Tycko B (2016) Distress during pregnancy: Epigenetic regulation of placenta glucocorticoid-related genes and fetal neurobehavior. Am J Psychiatry 173(7):705-13.

Rubenstein DR, Skolnik H, Berrio A, Champagne FA, Phelps S, Solomon J (2016) Sex-specific fitness effects of unpredictable early life conditions are associated with DNA methylation in the avian glucocorticoid receptor. Molecular Ecology 25(8):1714-28.

Miller RL, Yana Z, Mahera C, Zhanga H, Gudsnuk K, McDonalde J, Champagne FA (2016) Impact of prenatal polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon exposure on behavior, cortical gene expression, and DNA methylation of the Bdnf gene.  Neuroepigenetics 5: 11-18.


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