Grippo Lab, Northern Illinois University
Dr. Angela Grippo’s laboratory is located in the Psychology Department at Northern Illinois University (NIU).
Our research is focused on the interactions of stress, emotion, and the heart. Currently we are studying prairie voles, which are interesting rodents that engage in social behaviors similar to humans, including living in family groups and forming lasting social bonds. Our laboratory focuses on interdisciplinary, translational research.
Click the links on the left side of the page to view information about our ongoing research projects, publications, presentations, grants, people in the lab, and other related information.
About our Lab
The research methods that we use include:
- The study of behavior
- Changes in the social environment
- Stress responses
- Analysis of the autonomic nervous system and cardiovascular system
- Analysis of the immune and endocrine systems
- The study of brain regions, neurotransmitters, and neurohormones
We have published several articles describing the research in the Grippo laboratory. The members of the Grippo laboratory include 3 psychology graduate students, a postdoctoral researcher, and several undergraduate research assistants working towards degrees in psychology, sociology, and biology.
Updated August 22, 2014
Neal Awarded Dissertation Completion Fellowship
August, 2014: Congratulations to Neal, who has received the highly competitive NIU Dissertation Completion Fellowship! Neal's fellowship is awarded by the NIU Graduate School, and will allow him free time to finish his dissertation. Students in the Department of Psychology who receive these fellowships are among the top students in our department - congratulations to Neal on being part of this group of distinguished awardees!
Goodbye to Nalini and Elliott
August, 2014: Congratulations to Nalini and Elliott, who are leaving the Grippo Lab and moving on to bigger and better things! Nalini is entering training programs in counseling for trauma and domestic violence in preparation for graduate school, and Elliott is joining the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. We wish them great success, and we will miss them!
Congratulations to Grippo Lab Students
May, 2014: Congratulations to Elliott, Nalini, Matt, and Ashley for finishing up the academic year with lots of honors and scholarships! Elliott was an Honors Scholar, and completed both the University and Department of Psychology Honors Programs. Nalini won the NIU Department of Psychology Dean's Award. Matt was awarded the Elizabeth J. Schwantes Undergraduate Scholarship. Ashley completed the Department of Psychology Honors Program and won the Psychology Department Outstanding Research/Scholar Award. We are proud of all of you for your wonderful achievements!