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

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

McCarty, R. (2017). Cross-fostering: elucidating the effects of gene x environment interactions on phenotypic development. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 73, 219-254.

Rosenthal, S.J., Josephs, T., Kovtun, O., & McCarty, R. (2020). Seasonal effects on bipolar disorder: a closer look. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 115, 199-220.

McCarty, R. (2020).  Stress and mental disorders: Insights from animal models.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Rosenthal, S.J., Josephs, T., Kovtun, O., & McCarty, R. (2021). Rate of change in solar insolation is a hidden variable that influences seasonal alterations in bipolar disorder. Brain and Behavior, 11, Article e02198.

McCarty, R., Josephs, T., Kovtun, O., & Rosenthal, S.J. (2021). Enlightened: Addressing circadian and seasonal changes in photoperiod in animal models of bipolar disorder. Translational Psychiatry, 11, Article 373.

McCarty, R. (2022). Stress, health, and disease.  Under contract with Guilford Press with an expected publication date of August 2022.