Catherine E. Myers, PhD

Research Scientist, Stress & Motivated Behavior Institute

Veterans Affairs Medical Center - New Jersey Health Care System, East Orange, NJ


Professor, Neurology and Neurosciences, New Jersey Medical School

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ


Computational Neuroscience: Building neural network models of brain systems involved in learning and memory, especially the hippocampus and associated areas.

Human Experimental NeuropsychologyUnderstanding the brain substrates of learning and memory in humans, by study both of normal individuals, and of patients with memory impairments due to injury or disease, including Alzheimer's disease, amnesia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other disorders.   

Prediction and diagnosisDeveloping simple behavioral tests to diagnose whether specific brain regions have been damaged or disrupted, which may be used to predict risk of disorders (such as PTSD and Alzheimer's disease) before other symptoms develop.



·       B.S. Computer and Information Sciences, University of Delaware, 1987

·       Ph.D. Neural Systems Engineering, Imperial College, University of London, 1990 (with Igor Aleksander)

·       Postdoc, Computational Neuroscience, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University-Newark, 1991-1993 (with Mark Gluck)



·      Myers, C. E., Moustafa, A. A., Sheynin, J., VanMeenen, K. M., Gilbertson, M. W., Orr, S. P., Beck, K. D., Pang, K. C. H. & Servatius, R. J. (2013) Learning to obtain reward, but not avoid punishment, is affected by presence of PTSD symptoms in male veterans: Empirical data and computational model. PLOS ONE, 8(8):e72508

·      Sheynin, J.; Shikari, S.; Gluck, M. A.; Moustafa, A. A.; Servatius, R. J. & Myers, C. E. (2013).  Enhanced avoidance learning in behaviorally-inhibited young men and womenStress, 16(3):289-299.

·      Myers, C. E., Bermudez-Hernandez, K. & Scharfman, H. (2013). The influence of ectopic migration of granule cells into the hilus on dentate gyrus-CA3 function. PLOS ONE, 8(6):e68208.

·      Scharfman, H. E. & Myers, C. E. (2013). Hilar mossy cells of the dentate gyrus: A historical perspective. Frontiers in Neural Circuits, 6:106.

·      Moustafa, A. A., Wufong, E., Servatius, R. J., Pang, K. C. H., Gluck, M. A. & Myers, C. E. (2013). Why trace and delay eyeblink conditioning are sometimes (but not always) hippocampal dependent: A computational model. Brain Research, 1493:48-67.

·      Moustafa, A. A., Gilbertson, M. W., Orr, S. P., Servatius, R. J. & Myers, C. E. (2013). A model of amygdala-hippocampal-prefrontal interaction in fear conditioning and extinction in animals. Brain and Cognition, 81(1):29-43.

·      Myers, C. E., VanMeenen, K. M. & Servatius, R. J. (2012). Behavioral inhibition and PTSD symptoms in veterans. Psychiatry Research, 196:271-276.

·      Myers, C. E., VanMeenen, K., McAuley, J. D., Beck, K., Pang, K. & Servatius, R. J. (2012). Behaviorally-inhibited temperament is associated with severity of PTSD symptoms and faster eyeblink conditioning in veteransStress, 15(1):31-44.      


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Catherine E. Myers, PhD

VA Medical Center (129)


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