Rahia Mashoodh - 5th year PhD

Rahia Mashoodh

Prior to joining the PhD program in the Psychology Department at Columbia University, I completed my Bachelors' (2005) and Masters' (2008) degrees in Neuroscience at Dalhousie University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) where I studied hormonal, developmental and environmental influences on sex differences in brain and behaviour.

Research Overview

I am interested in how social experiences acquired across the lifespan could be inherited by, and impose specific developmental trajectories, upon on future generations of offspring via their influences on pre- and postnatal environments. Further, I am interested in the adaptive significance of epigenetic changes and their implications for the evolution of behavioural traits.


Mansuy IM, Mashoodh R, Champagne FA, 2013, Transgenerational Inheritance in Mammals. In Epigenetic Regulation in the Nervous System: Basic Mechanisms and Clinical Impact, Sweatt JD, Meaney MJ, Nestler EJ, Schahram A, eds., Elsevier.

Mashoodh R, Franks B, Curley JP, Champagne FA, 2012, Paternal social enrichment effects on maternal behavior and offspring growth, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA 109 Suppl 2:17232-8.

Liberman SA, Mashoodh R, Thompson RC, Dolinoy DC, Champagne FA, 2012, Concordance in hippocampal and fecal Nr3c1 methylation is moderated by maternal behavior in the mouse, Ecology and Evolution 2(12): 3123–3131.

Curley JP, Jensen CL, Mashoodh R & Champagne FA, 2010, Social influences on neurobiology and behavior: Epigenetic effects during development, Psychoneuroendocrinology

Curley JP & Mashoodh R, 2010, Parent-of-origin and trans-generational germline influences on behavioral development: the interacting role of mothers, fathers and grandparents, Developmental Psychobiology 52: 312-330.

Curley JP, Mashoodh R & Champagne FA, 2010, Epigenetics and the origin of paternal effects, Hormones & Behavior

Curley JP, Mashoodh R & Champagne FA, 2010, Transgenerational Epigenetics, In Tollefsbol TO. (ed) Handbook of epigenetics: the new molecular and medical genetics. Academic Press: Boston, USA.

Champagne FA & Mashoodh R, 2009, Genes in Context: Gene–Environment Interplay and the Origins of Individual Differences in Behavior, Current Directions in Psychological Science 18: 127-131.

Mashoodh R, Sinal CJ & Perot-Sinal TS, 2009, Predation threat exerts specific effects on rat maternal behaviour and anxiety-related behaviour of male and female offspring Physiology & Behavior 96: 693-702.

Mashoodh R, Wright LD, Hebert KE, Perrot-Sinal TS, 2008, Investigation of sex differences in behavioural, endocrine, and neural measures following repeated psychological stressor exposure. Behavioural Brain Research, 188: 368-79.

Stamp JA, Mashoodh R, van Kampen JM, Robertson HA, 2008, Food restriction enhances peak corticosterone levels, cocaine-induced locomotor activity and FosB expression in the nucleus accumbens of the rat. Brain Research, 1204: 94-101.

Mashoodh R, Stamp JA, Wilkinson M, Rusak B, Semba K, 2008, Lack of estradiol modulation of sleep deprivation-induced c-Fos in the rat brain. Physiology & Behavior 95: 562-569.

Contact information

Columbia University
Department of Psychology
406 Schermerhorn Hall
1190 Amsterdam Ave
New York
NY 10027

tel:212 854-2490

fax:212 854-3609

email: Rahia Mashoodh