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Richard C. McCarty

Professor of Psychology

Although I have been involved in university administration for most of the past 25 years (department chair at the University of Virginia, executive director for science at APA, and dean of arts and science and provost at Vanderbilt University), I have maintained an interest in the psychobiology of stress.  Much of my previous laboratory research involved studies of the sympathetic nervous system and the adrenal medulla in laboratory rats exposed to acute versus chronic intermittent stress.  

Representative Publications

McCarty, R. (2017). Cross-fostering: Elucidating the effects of gene x environment interactions on phenotypic development.  Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews73: 219-254.

 McCarty, R. (2017).  Stress and Mental Disorders: A Basic Science Perspective.  Under contract with Oxford University Press with an expected completion date of early 2019.

 McCarty, R. (2017).  Optimizing laboratory animal stress paradigms: The H-H* experimental design.  Psychoneuroendocrinology, 75: 5-14.

McCarty, R. (2016). The alarm phase and the General Adaptation Syndrome:  Two aspects of Selye’s inconsistent legacy. In: G. Fink, Editor, Handbook of Stress. Volume 1, Stress: Concepts, Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior, pp. 13-19.  San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

 McCarty, R. (2016).  The fight or flight response: A cornerstone of stress research.  In: G. Fink, Editor, Handbook of Stress, Volume 1, Stress: Concepts, Cognition, Emotion, and Behavior, pp. 33-37.  San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

 McCarty, R. (2016).  Learning about stress: Neural, endocrine and behavioral adaptations.  Stress, 19: 449-475.