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Assistant Professor of Psychology

(Joint Appointment in Biology)

PhD, Boston University, Boston, MA USA 


Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Neuroendocrinology Laboratory and McGill Program for the Study of Behaviour, Genes and Environment

Area: Behavioral Neuroscience
Phone: 607-777-4580
Office: Science IV, Room 208
Lab:  Science V, 1st Floor 

Curriculum Vitae (336 KB)

Professional Activities:

Member of Society for Neuroscience, Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, International Society for Developmental Psychobiology and International Behavioral Neuroscience Society. Center for Development and Behavioral Neuroscience (CDBN,Binghamton University), Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center (DEARC; Binghamton University), Evolutionary Studies (EVOS) Program at Binghamton University.

Research Interests:

Effects of early life stressors, neuroendocrinology, mammalian physiology, evolution and behavior.

Research Description:

Our lab investigates the effect of early environmental conditions on development, physiology and behavior in mammals. Using an animal model of natural variations in maternal care we have been able to study the parental influences on the reproductive system, and mood, anxiety and depression-like behaviors of the female offspring. We are also investigating the effects of natural variation in maternal care on alcohol use and abuse. Our research tools include behavioral testing, cellular biology (Immunohistology, Western blotting, qRT-PCR and DNA methylation), pharmacology (central and peripheral drug infusion) and physiology (EIA and brain microdyalises) to investigate the impact of parental care on the offspring's phenotype. Our research is critical in defining the causal role of parental care on offspring development.

You can hear me discuss my research here.

Philosophy of Graduate Training:

I think that mentoring involves a balance between guidance, structure, and encouragement of independence. Students should be guided in the development of relatively straightforward research projects that can yield publishable findings, while being provided with training in experimental methods.  Students, who are given the opportunity to prepare, submit publications as well as present orally their research as part of their training, develop effective communication skills.  I am convinced that the best way to do high-quality research is to let students become actively involved intellectually and contribute their own ideas to the research problem.

Selected Publications:

Borrow, A.P., Levy, M. J, Cameron, N.M. (2013). Maternal care and perinatal testosterone exposure modulate female puberty onset. J Neuroendocrinol. [Epub ahead of print]

McCormick, C.M., Green, M.R., Cameron, N.M. Levy, M.J., Clark, R.A. (2013) Deficits in male sexual behavior in adulthood after social instability stress in adolescence in rats. Horm Behav 63(1):5-12

Prior, K.M., Meaney M.J., Cameron, N.M. (2012). The effect of maternal care on female rat reproductive behavior in a group mating environment. Dev Psychobiol. Aug 27. doi: 10.1002/dev.21075. [Epub ahead of print]

Parent, C., Del Corpo, A., Cameron, N.M. Meaney, M.J. (2012). Maternal care associates with play dominance rank among adult female rats. Dev Psychobiol. Jul 11. doi: 10.1002/dev.21070. [Epub ahead of print]

Borrow, A.P., Cameron N.M. (2012). The Role of Oxytocin in Mating and Pregnancy. Horm Behav. 61(3):266-276.

Cameron, N.M. (2011) Maternal programming of reproductive function and behavior in the female rat. Front Evol Neurosci. 3:10.

Cameron, N.M., E. Soehngen and Meaney, M.J. (2011) Variations in maternal care influences ventromedial hypothalamus activation in the rat. J. Neuroendocrinol. Vol. 23, pp 393-400

Cameron, N, Shahrokh, D., Del Corpo, A., Dhir, S., Szyf, M., Champagne, F.A. and Meaney, M.J. (2008) Epigenetic programming of phenotypic variations in reproductive strategies in the rat through maternal care. J. Neuroendocrinol. Vol.20, No 6 pp 795-801.

Cameron, N.M., Del Corpo, A., Diorio, J., McAllister, K., Sharma S. and Meaney, M.J. (2008) Maternal programming of sexual behavior and hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal function in the female rat. Plos One. Vol 3, No 5 e2210.

Cameron, N.M., Fish, E.W. and Meaney, M.J. (2008) Maternal influences on the sexual behavior and reproductive success of the female rat. Horm Behav. Vol 54, No 1 pp 178-184

Cameron N.M., Dhir SK, Meaney M.J. (2006) Effect of maternal care and ovariectomy on sexual behavior and c-Fos activity in the female rat. Front. Neuroendocrinol. 27, 144

Cameron, N.M., Champagne, F.A., Parent C. Fish, E.W. Ozaki-Kuroda, K. and Meaney, M.J. (2005) The programming of individual differences in defensive responses and reproductive strategies in the rat through variations in maternal care. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews Vol. 29, No. 4-5 pp 843-865

Cameron, N.M. , Carey, P.S. and Erskine, M.S. (2004). Medullary noradrenergic neurons release norepinephrine in the medial amygdala in females in response to mating stimulation sufficient for pseudopregnancy. Brain Research, Vol 1022, pp 137-147.


Cameron , NM and Garcia JR. (2013). Maternal Effects on Offspring Development. In M Fisher, JR Garcia, RS Chang (Eds), Evolution's Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women. Oxford University Press, New York.


Last Updated: 1/16/17