Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Emily Hilz

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Emily Hilz



learning and memory, psychopharmacology, sex differences, appetetive conditioning/extinction


I completed my baccalaureate degrees at the Univerity of North Texas, recieving a BS in Behavior Analysis and a BAS in Psychology. My undergradute research followed two paths; under the tutalage of Dr. Jon W. Pinkston I investigated feeding behavior in rats as a function of force and ratio (winning "best poster" award TxABA 2015) and completing an undergraduate thesis examining the effects of variable-interval schedules of reinforcement on feeding latency and initation. At the same time, in tandem with Dr. Michael D. Barnett, I completed my first publication (recently accepted in Violence Against Women): "The Psychology of the Politics of Rape: Political Ideology, Moral Foundations, and Rape Myth Acceptance". I first became interested in rape myth acceptance when working as a Survivor Advocate for victims of sexual assault during my second year of undergrad; advocacy research remains a side-interest of mine. 

I was accepted to The University of Texas at Austin's Behavioral Neuroscience PhD program (Department of Psychology) in Fall 2016. Currently I work alongside Dr. Joanne H. Lee examining the effects of shifting behavioral paradigms and female gonadal hormones on appetitive learning and memory in female rats. 

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